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Bhope (Marathi: भोपे) is a small caste community in Maharashtra. These people are hereditary pujaris of the goddess Bhavani and are concentrated in the Osmanabad district.[1] Earlier references from 1920 had noted this community same as the Bhute community,[2] but recent sources have noted it as different one from Bhute and marriages are not permitted between the two.[1] This caste is included in the central list of Other Backward Classes for the state of Maharashtra.[3]


  • Singh, Kumar Suresh (2004). "Bhope". People of India: Maharashtra. 1. Popular Prakashan. 
  • Syed Siraj ul Hassan (1920). The Castes and Tribes of H.E.H. the Nizam's Dominions. 1. Asian Educational Services.