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

Padhariya / Padharia is name of a Hindu, backward community of 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 Bid plant. The ' Bid ' root was unknown to almost all the people of Gujarat except Padharia and some other people. The 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 of 24,000 and they are centralized and spread only in Gujarat state of India.[1] They were traditionally involved in professions like catching and selling fish as well in 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