Bhavsar

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Bhavsar
Languages Bagri
Populated states Gujarat, Rajasthan

The Bhavsar are an ethnic group found in Indian states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan. Their traditional occupations revolved around clothing. By profession, Bhavsars are divided into Rangrezs, who were traditionally involved with woodblock printing on textiles, and Shimpis/Darzis, who were traditionally involved in tailoring.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Legendary origins[edit]

According to legend, the Bhavsar originated in the Saurashtra region, which is now in the state of Gujarat.[1][2]

Modern times[edit]

The Bhavsar community has negotiated with the Pakistani government to assure passage for regular pilgrimages to Hinglaj.[3]

Languages[edit]

The Bhavsar community in Rajasthan speaks Bagri, a Rajasthani dialect.[2]

Bhavsar Samaj[edit]

Bhavsars in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu have traditional caste councils, or panchayat, known as Bhavsar Samaj or Bhavasar Kshatriya Samaj.[3] Their main function is to settle inter-family feuds and quarrels. The council members are elected.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

  • Namdev, Maharashtrian saint and co-founder of the Varkari sect.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh, Anthropological Survey of India (2003). People of India: Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. p. 206. ISBN 81-7991-104-7. 
  2. ^ a b Singh, Kumar Suresh, Anthropological Survey of India (1998). People of India: Rajasthan. Popular Prakashan. p. 146. ISBN 81-7154-766-4. 
  3. ^ a b Singh, Kumar Suresh, Anthropological Survey of India (1998). People of India: Rajasthan. Popular Prakashan. p. 148. ISBN 81-7154-766-4. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Advanced communities among the Kshatriyas of Malwa and Western India - Shankar Patwardhan, Arvind Vyas Paper no. AS056/2007 submitted to Anthropological Survey Of India