|Regions with significant populations|
|Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir  |
|Related ethnic groups|
|Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins, Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins, Kudaldeshkar Gaud Brahmans, Goan Catholics, Karwari Catholics, Mangalorean Catholics, Kashmiri Pandits, Punjabi Brahmin, Mohyal, Indo-Aryan, Konkani, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Dard people |
In Kalhana's Rajatarangini (12th century CE), the Saraswats are mentioned as one of the five Pancha Gauda Brahmin communities residing to the north of the Vindhyas. They were spread over a wide area in northern part of the Indian subcontinent. One group lived in coastal Sindh; this group migrated to Bombay State after the partition of India in 1947. Another group was found in pre-partition Punjab; most of these migrated away from Pakistan after 1947. A third branch, known as Goud Saraswats, are now found along the southern coast.
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