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.
The Bhandaris of the Konkan division of Maharashtra are classified into five groups, the Kitte, Hetkari, Gawad, Tadi and Dhol.
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. They are also classified as OBCs in Maharashtra.