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LanguagesGujarati, Kutchhi, Marathi, Hindi, Sindhi
Populated statesGujarat, Maharashtra
SubdivisionsKhaniya, Gori, Gajra, Bhadra, Joisar, Gajra, Mange, Shethia,Katarmal,Kataria, Chunda,Hurbada,Vador,Samasuya,Dabbha,Nakhua,Mengar,[Harvara]],

Bhanushali is a Hindu community. The majority reside in Kutch district of the Indian state of Gujarat. Some are also found in the Saurashtra region and other parts of Gujarat.[1] Some have also moved to Thane and Mumbai region of Maharashtra. They speak Kutchi language which is alike Gujarati.


The Bhanushalis are of Kshatriya descent and were warriors and served previous kings of the western region of India. When the rule of the british empire came to an end , most Bhanushalis began to enter the field of trade . They were known for their expertise in maritime trade and were involved in seafaring activities, particularly in coastal regions. They traded goods and commodities along the coasts of Gujarat and Maharashtra, contributing significantly to the region's economy.

Historically, the Bhanushalis had a strong presence in coastal trade and were known for their navigation skills. They were involved in transporting goods, spices, and other merchandise through sea routes, which contributed to the cultural exchange and economic prosperity of the regions they operated in. ..[2] Jyotindra Jain theorized that the Bhanushalis migrated to Gujarat from, based on their worship of Hinglaj Mata. He also believed that the Lohanas and Bhanushalis shared a before their migration to Gujarat


Bhanushalis are at present divided in to two subgroups, according to where they live. The Kutchhi Bhanushali Community (have ancestry in Kutch region) and Halai Bhanushali Community (have ancestry in Halar (Jamnagar) region).[3]


Bhanushalis are mainly involved in agriculture and farming and others who migrated are mainly involved in big businesses.[2]


Bhanushalis worship different kuldevis as per their clan names / surnames.[4] They follow Hindu customs and beliefs.[5] They also worship Veer Dada Jashraj and claim, like Lohanas, that he belonged to their community. Bhanushalis chiefly worship Hinglaj, whose main temple, Hinglaj Mata mandir is in Baluchistan, their ancestral home.[2]


Bhanushalis shared their early home in Sindh with Lohanas and seem to share history.[2] Like Lohanas, Bhanushalis are involved in trading and gained visibility in business. Like Lohanas they worship Dada Jashraj as their kuladevata and Harkor, as Kuldevi. Many Bhanushalis surnames are also found among Lohana community.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Gillow, John (2008). Indian Textiles. Thames & Hudson. p. 221.
  2. ^ a b c d Jain, Jyotindra (1980). Folk art and culture of Gujarat: guide to the collection of the Shreyas Folk Museum of Gujarat. University of Michigan. OCLC 499443714.
  3. ^ Bhanushalis Samaj (2018). "About Bhanushalis Community Archived 2019-08-09 at the Wayback Machine".
  4. ^ Berger, Peter (2010). The anthropology of values: essays in honour of Georg Pfeffer. Longman. p. 366. ISBN 9788131728208. OCLC 695854817.
  5. ^ Urmi Chanda-Vaz (January 20, 2018). "Indian millennials are embracing religious and spiritual tattoos, as indigenous cultures reject them".
  6. ^ "Dhvani Bhanushali Official YouTube Channel". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Jay Bhanushali IMDb Page". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Kishore Bhanushali IMDb Page". IMDb.