Barnwal (also spelled Baranwal, Varnwal or Barnawal ) is a Baniya community originating in India.
The Barnwal community claim to be descended from King Ahibaran, a Suryavanshi Kshatriya of Rajput origin and sometimes assumed to be the great-grandson of the legendary king Agrasen.[page needed]
There are 36 gotras in Barnwals. These are Garg, Vatsil, Goyal, Gohil, Kraw, Deval, Kashyap, Vats, Atri, Vamdev, Kapil, Galb, Sinhal, Aaranya, Kashil, Upmanyu, Yaimini, Parashar, Kaushik, Maunas, Katyaapan, Kaundilyam, Pulishh, Bhrigu, Sarvay, Angira, Krishnabhi, Udhhalak, Aashvalayan, Bhardwaj, Sankrit, Mudgal, Yamadgri, Chyevan, Vedpramiti and Sanskrittayan.
It is traditionally believed by Barnwals that their ancestors adopted Vanika Dharma for promoting trade, commerce, development and peace in their region.
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