Pancholi

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The Pancholi are a gotra of the Ahir caste found in the state of Gujarat, India.[1][2] Renowned film star Aditya Pancholi belongs to Pancholi caste.

Origin[edit]

The Pancholi is one of the endogamous division of Ahirs. The community is believed to have derived its name from the Panchal region in Saurashtra, their original homeland. According to their traditions, they migrated from Mathura along with Lord Krishna to the Parathar region of Saurashtra. They are distributed over eighteen villages in the Saurashtra region. The community are found mainly in Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar Districts.[3]

It would not be correct to ascribe Pancholi Brahmins in North Gujarat to Panchal region of Gujarat. They belong to other northern states. They migrated to Gujarat on request of the king Mulraj Solanki for performing Rudra Yagya in Siddhapur-Patan in the year 942 AD. All the resettled Brahmins are known as 'Audhichya' and Pancholis are from among the Audichya Brahmins.[1]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Pancholi community is Gujarati speaking.[2] It consist of forty four clans, the main ones being the Dolar(Earlier Known as DOBA and now known as RATHOD ), Baldaniya, Bambhaniya, Sisara, Kalsariya, Pardava, Kalosoriys, Katariya, Dhola, Vania, Vaghamashi, Kasad, Vasoyo, Jholandra, Nakum, Hadiya,Jinjala, Vala, Vekariya, etc. Each of the clans are of equal status and intermarry. Like neighbouring Hindu communities, the community are endogamous and practice clan exogamy.[4] The Pancholi are a community of small and medium-sized farmers, and grow sorghum, ground nuts and during the monsoon season grow wheat, sugarcane and cotton. A small number have moved to Surat and Mumbai, where they are employed in the diamond, textile and Building industry.[5]

Notable[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 51 to 55 Popular Prakashan
  2. ^ a b "Gujarat". google.co.in. 
  3. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh; Rajendra Behari Lal; Anthropological Survey of India (2003). Gujarat, Part 1. Popular Prakashan,. p. 51. ISBN 9788179911044. 
  4. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh; Rajendra Behari Lal; Anthropological Survey of India (2003). Gujarat, Part 1. Popular Prakashan,. pp. 51–55. ISBN 9788179911044. 
  5. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 61 to 65 Popular Prakashan

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