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Padharia / Padhariya
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Gujarati, Kutchi
Hindu 100% •

Padhariya or Padharia is the name of a community of people in Gujarat, India.[2][3] They are found in Saurashtra, Kutch, Banaskantha, Rewakantha and Dang regions of Gujarat.

Padharias get their name as traditional eaters of roots of Scirpus grossus, the "Bid" plant. Bid root was unknown to almost all the people of Gujarat except the Padharia and some other people. Padharia males needed an amount of 1-1/2 to 2 seer and females needed 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 seer of bid food to keep themselves up, as noted by British authorities in their survey of 1905.[4][5]

At present, the total population of Padharias is estimated to be 24,000 and they are centralized and numerous only in Gujarat state of India.[1] They were traditionally involved in professions like catching and selling fish as well as cultivation.[6]


  1. ^ a b Padharia
  2. ^ [1] Encyclopaedia of backward castes, Volume 2 By M. L. Mathur, page 148
  3. ^ [2] Land and people of Indian states and union territories: in 36 volumes. Gujarat By S. C. Bhatt, Gopal K. Bhargava page 110
  4. ^ [3] Agricultural ledger, Volume 11, 1905, page 580
  5. ^ [4] Agricultural ledger, Volume 11, 1905, page 38
  6. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Káthiáwar, 1884