Gujjar Population in Different States of India
In India, the semi-nomadic Gujjar populations are found mainly in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh, northern Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Gujjars in Uttar Pradesh: Western Uttar Pradesh is totally dominated by Gurjars. Before the year 1857, western Uttar Pradesh was called ‘Mini Gujarat’ due to domination of Gurjars as this region was ruled by them. In Uttar Pradesh, the Gurjar populations are mainly found in the western region that is Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Moradabad, Bijnor, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bulandshahar and Bareilly. To a fewer extent, they are also found in Agra and Bundelkhand.
Gujjars in Haryana: The total population of Gurjars in Haryana is roughly 10 lakh. The main gotras of Gurjars found in the Faridabad district of Haryana include Bhadana (14 villages), Nagar (20 villages), Bisla (10 villages) and Poswal (1 village).
Gujjars in Jammu and Kashmir: In Jammu and Kashmir, the concentration of Gurjars is observed in the districts of Rajouri and Poonch, followed by, Anantnag, Udhampur and Doda districts. It is believed that Gurjars migrated to Jammu and Kashmir from Gujarat.
Gujjars in Punjab: There are many Gurjar villages in the state of Punjab and most of these Gurjars are Sikhs. The last names of the Punjabi Gurjars include Kasana, Khepar, Kataria, Chaudhary, Bjarh, Chauhan, Bhumbla, Chandpuri, Chechi, Meelu, Hans and others.
According to some records, population of Gujjar community is relatively high in the central region of India.
Gujjars in Madhya Pradesh: Gujjars in Madhya Pradesh were mostly concentrated in the Nimar and Hoshangabad regions of the Valleys of Narmada. In Madhya Pradesh, they are classified as Other Backward Classes.
Gujjars in Maharashtra: They were considered as the brave people and ‘Bargujjar’ is considered as one of the main clans among the Marathas. The Gujjar community have been residing in the Konkan region and several other villages in Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra.