Badi (caste)

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The Badi or Badhi are a Hindu caste found in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. They have scheduled caste status.[1]


The Badi are sub-group within the larger Nat caste. They are found mainly in Saharanpur District. The Badi are further divided into a number of clans, the main ones being the Swaroop and Aurender. They are strictly endogamous and practice clan exogamy.[1]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Badi are one of a number of nomadic communities that were involved in entertaining at fairs. A fair number are now employed as agricultural labourers, with a smaller number have acquired small plots of land.[1]

The 2011 Census of India for Uttar Pradesh showed the Badi population as 11,028.[2]


  1. ^ a b c People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 104 to 107 Manohar Publications
  2. ^ "A-10 Individual Scheduled Caste Primary Census Abstract Data and its Appendix - Uttar Pradesh". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 4 February 2017.