Ahir clans

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The Ahir clans are the various subsets of the Ahir community of India. They include those in the following list.

North India[edit]

Nandvanshi

A legendary story of the origin of the Nandvanshi Ahirs narrates that on his way to kill the rakshasas, Krishna crossed the river Yamuna accompanied by the Gawlis; those that crossed the river with him became the Ahir Nandavanshi.[1]

Gwalvanshi

The Gwalvanshi Ahirs are historically associated with cowherding.[citation needed] At the turn of the century, many turned into business and other vocations in a big way.[2]

Ghosi

The Ghosi are a community found mainly in North India.[3] They were the Zamidaars and small kings of various parts of country.[4] The Ghosi (Muslims) claim descent from Rathore Rajput, Gurjar and Ahir communities.

The Hindu Ghosi trace their origin to King Nand, the professed ancestor of Yaduvanshi Ahirs.[5]

Kamaria

Kamaria, a sub caste of Ahirs profess to be descendants from Yadav vansh (Lineage).[6] They are also known as Kamaria Zamindars.[7]

Phatak

The Phatak are a clan of Ahir herdsmen, one of the agricultural castes bearing considerable resemblance to Rajputs, claim to be descended from a Sisodia king of Chittore and the daughter of an Ahir king Digpal of Mahaban, to whom he was married.

Ahar

The Ahar are a Hindu caste of agriculturists.[8] The Ahar tribe are spread through Rohilkhand and other districts of N.W. provinces, following pastoral pursuits. They claim to descended from Yadu.[9]

Kishnaut

The Kishnaut clan is dominantly found in the Saran district of Bihar province.[10]

Gujarat[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelutti, Lucia (2008). "The vernacularisation of democracy: Politics, caste, and religion in India": 114, 115. ISBN 9780415467322. 
    - Lok Nath Soni (2000). The Cattle and the Stick: An Ethnographic Profile of the Raut of Chhattisgarh. Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Department of Culture. p. 16. ISBN 9788185579573. 
    - Gopal Chowdhary (2014). The Greatest Farce of History. Partridge Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 9781482819250. 
  2. ^ Ratan Mani Lal (11 May 2014). "Azamgarh: Why Mulayam cannot take Yadav votes for granted". FirstPost. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  3. ^ K S Singh page, People of India Uttar Pradesh volume XLII part two. pp 542 - 545. Manohar Publications
  4. ^ Lucia Michelutti, Sons of Krishna: the politics of Yadav community formation in a North Indian town (2002) London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, p.90-98
  5. ^ Ravindra K. Jain (2002). Between History and Legend: Status and Power in Bundelkhand. Orient Blackswan,. p. 32. ISBN 9788125021940. 
  6. ^ Ramchandra Keshav Mutatkar (1978). Caste Dimensions in a Village. Shubhada-Saraswat. p. 26. 
  7. ^ Ramchandra Keshav Mutatkar (1978). Caste Dimensions in a Village. Shubhada-Saraswat. p. 55. 
  8. ^ Oliver Mendelsohn, Marika Vicziany (1998). The Untouchables: Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India. Cambridge University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 9780521556712. 
  9. ^ Subodh Kapoor (2002). Indian Encyclopaedia volume 1. Genesis Publishing Pvt Ltd. p. 108. ISBN 9788177552577. 
  10. ^ National Geographical Society of India. (1975). The National Geographical Journal of India, Volumes 21-22. National Geographical Society of India. pp. 189–191.