Garha

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Garha (also spelled Gaud, Gada ) are a Muslim community in the subcontinent. They live pre-dominantly in the states of Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

Gada Muslims
Regions with significant populations
 India,  Pakistan
Languages
HindiUrduPunjabi
Religion
Islam

As per the Saharanpur Gazetteer, their origins are largely unknown with some styling themselves as Mughals while others as Sayyids, though in most cases they assert themselves to be descended from Rajput converts and Gaur Brahmin converts. One theory suggests that the name "Garha" is derived from the Islamic custom of burying the dead adopted by the converts, although their is no credible evidence supporting this theory. They have many sub-divisions, often bearing the same names as Rajput clans. [citation needed]

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