The Panjis have enormous value in during fixing marriages, as they ensure that incestuous relationships do not occur, delineating the last 14 or so generations of the prospective bride and groom.
The Maithil Brahmin delegants assembled in a conference to deliberate upon new marriage alliances duly checked with the respective panjikars at a place near Madhubani of India called as Saurath. the conference itself was called Saurath Sabha .
Due to progressive loss of Panjis, Panjikars taking up modern professions and increasing cosmopolitan behaviour, the practice of fixation of marriage by consulting Panjis is dying. There have been cases reported of sale of Panjis to foreign agencies. The recent Saurath sabhas are all but deserted. Increasingly, people are looking forward to more modern methods of match making like internet, rather than centuries old palm leaves.
Books on Panji System
- Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan, by Binod Bihari Verma
- Maithil Brāhamano ki Pañji Vyavasthā (Hindi), by Pt Ramānāth Jhā, published by Granthālaya, Darbhangā.
- Genome Mapping- 450 AD to 2009 AD- Mithilak Panji Prabandh, by Gajendra Thakur, published by Shruti Publication,2009 Delhi ISBN No.978-81-907729-6-9
- Panji System in Maithil Karna Kayastha: A Sociological Evaluation, [By: Dr. Binod Kumar Karna.]
- Bihar government site about Mithila including Panjikars
- A history of Panji system in North India
- Times Of India article on Brahmins Panjis
- JSTOR article on the usage of Panjis on Mithila and Bengal
- Times of India article on Saurath Sabha in Madhubani
- Kinship ritual and visual imagery in Mithila
- Review of the book 'Panjik Sarvekshan'