Bhandari caste

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For other uses, see Bhandari (disambiguation).
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in:

Various dialects of Konkani and Marathi
Related ethnic groups
Konkani people
Bhandari men in western India (c. 1855-1862).

The Bhandari are a community that inhabit the western coast of India. They form the largest caste group in the state of Goa, reportedly being over 30% of that state's Hindu population, and play a major role in deciding the future of any political party there.[1]

The Bhandaris of the Konkan division of Maharashtra are classified into five groups, the Kitte, Hetkari, Gawad, Tadi and Dhol.[citation needed]


Bhandaris are included in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Goa. This provides them with certain rights under India's scheme of affirmative action, such as reservation of positions in government employment and admission to professional colleges.[2] They are also classified as OBCs in Maharashtra.[3]

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  1. ^ "Treasurers of yore, now key to political fortune". The Times Of India. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Goa govt increases quota for OBCs in jobs to 27%". TNN (Jan 16, 2014, 03.23AM IST) (TOI). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "List of Castes in Other Backward Class of Maharashtra". Maharashtra State OBC Finance and Development Corporation. 

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