(Last Updated on : 05/08/2013)
Communities of West India consist of several local communities which belong to the Western Indian states like Rajasthan
. Some of these communities have also occupied other portions of India. The Armenian community
, Deshastha community
, Gujjar community
and many other communities have survived since many centuries here.
The religion of Armenians is Christianity
and they belong to the Aryan
race. It is said that the Armenians migrated to India during the Mughal
regime, and they were based in Surat
, Gujarat. Later, they shifted to Mumbai
and a few other cities in the country.
The river valleys of Godavari
and plateau region of Sahyadri Hills are called 'Desha' and hence Brahmins belonging to this place are termed as 'Deshastha Brahmins'. Vedic texts have mentioned the existence of a few people who resembled Deshasthas. They settled in Deccan
and parts of Maharashtra.
Also known as 'Goojar' or 'Gurjara', the Gujjar community is an ethnic Indian one who generally belong to the caste of 'Kshatriya
' in Hinduism
. However, many Gujjars are Muslims and Sikhs as well. They are classified as 'other backward classes' in this nation. Today they are based in Rajasthan.
In India, Madhavas are Vaishnav
a Brahmins whose name has been derived from Madhava who founded the dualistic principle and was a Tuluva Brahmin. Madhavas are present in Maharashtra and other parts of India.
Mahars are inhabitants of the Indian state of Maharashtra who constitute about nine percent of the entire Maharashtrian populace. This community is found in places like Wardha
districts of this state. In 1956, about 80 percent Mahars embraced Buddhism
Traditionally, Maheshwari community is a business community engaged in mercantile industry. The language spoken by them is Rajasthani or Marwari
. They originally reside in Rajasthan. However, today they have started occupying in many other states of India, adopting other languages like Gujarati
Rajputs are the representatives of the Kshatriya caste and it is believed that this community is the second of the four castes of Hinduism. There are about 200 million Rajputs in India. Besides Rajasthan, states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and several other Indian states are home to the Rajputs.
The Nagars, Marathas, Saraswat Brahmins
, Parsis, Dhobi
s, Karmis, Bhatia
s, Bohras and Dangras are the different kinds of Indian communities who live in these parts of India.