Ahir clans

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

In North India[edit]


The Yaduvanshi Ahir also spelled Yadubansis, Yadubans, Yadavanshi, Yadavamshi) claim descent from the ancient Yadava tribe of Krishna.[1] The Yaduvanshi trace their origin to Yadu and whole Yadav caste are said to be Yaduvanshis.


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 Gwals; those that crossed the river with him became the Ahir Nandavanshi.[2]

Gwalvanshi / Gwals / Gope

The Gwalvanshi Ahirs also known as Gwals and Gopes are historically associated with cowherding.[citation needed] At the turn of the century, many turned into business and other vocations in a big way.[3]


The Ghosi are a community found mainly in North India.[4] They were the Zamidaars and small kings of various parts of country.[5] 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.[6]


Kamaria, a sub caste of Ahirs profess to be descendants from Yadav vansh (Lineage).[7] They are also known as Kamaria Zamindars.[8]


The Phatak are a clan of Ahir agriculturalists and landlords, claim to be descended from a Ahir king Digpal of Mahaban.


The Ahar are a Hindu caste of agriculturists.[9] The Ahar tribe are spread through Rohilkhand and other districts of N.W. provinces, following pastoral pursuits. They claim to descended from Yadu.[10]


The Kishnaut clan is dominantly found in the Saran district of Bihar Once they were the Zamindars of Bhojpuri Region.



The Madhaut or Madhuraut (Yaduvanshi) is famous Yadav Clan found in Mithila Region of Bihar. They are also known as Madhuvanshi Ahir (Yadav) because they trace their origin to Yadav King Madhu who was born in Yaduvansh before Shree Krishna. After the name of King Madhu , Yadav caste is even known as Madhav and Many times Arjuna refer Krishna as Madhav. They are dominantly found in Madhepura, Vaishali, Madhubani, Supaul and Saharsa district of Bihar. They still hold most of the land in Mithila.


The Badhaya clan is dominantly found in Firozabad district of Western U.P region.



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  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Ratan Mani Lal (11 May 2014). "Azamgarh: Why Mulayam cannot take Yadav votes for granted". FirstPost. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  4. ^ K S Singh page, People of India Uttar Pradesh volume XLII part two. pp 542 - 545. Manohar Publications
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Ravindra K. Jain (2002). Between History and Legend: Status and Power in Bundelkhand. Orient Blackswan,. p. 32. ISBN 9788125021940.
  7. ^ Ramchandra Keshav Mutatkar (1978). Caste Dimensions in a Village. Shubhada-Saraswat. p. 26.
  8. ^ Ramchandra Keshav Mutatkar (1978). Caste Dimensions in a Village. Shubhada-Saraswat. p. 55.
  9. ^ Oliver Mendelsohn, Marika Vicziany (1998). The Untouchables: Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India. Cambridge University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 9780521556712.
  10. ^ Subodh Kapoor (2002). Indian Encyclopaedia volume 1. Genesis Publishing Pvt Ltd. p. 108. ISBN 9788177552577.
  11. ^ National Geographical Society of India. (1975). The National Geographical Journal of India, Volumes 21-22. National Geographical Society of India. pp. 189–191.