History

The term Bharwad is said to be a modified form of the word badawad, from the Gujarati wordsbada meaning sheep and wada meaning enclosure. This name was said to be acquired by the Bharwad on the account of their traditional occupation of being shepherds. According to their own traditions they are descendents of Yadava and their ancestors came from Mathura along with Sri Krishna when Sri Krishna moved from Mathura to Dwarka. In Gujarat they started spreading from the place Jajawada. Today's Bharwad are also the descendents of Anavil Bharwad, who helped a Chavda prince regain his kingdom. By their pattern of behavior and work they can be classified in neuro science as the Kshatriya Kul (In total Four Kul) of traditional Hindu society.The proof is Bharwad Vaas(Group of houses belong to the same clan of people) is always at the entrance of the village, this is the strategic location for the protection of the village economy.

 

This strategic location has to be protected by the toughest group of the village and if this could be broken down by the invaders only then they would be able to ruin the village and its economy. There are also traditions that they are members of the Ahir tribe who took up the occupation of shepherding because they were out of jobs as Kshatriaya warriors in absence of battles between kingdoms during that period. The Bharwad are found all over Gujarat, their majority of population is in Ahmedabad district. They are categorised into two endogamous sections, the Motabhai and Nanabhai. The Motabhai Bharwads are further categorised in clans like the Hadagra, Dharanjiya, Satka, Ajra, Goltar, Mundhwa, Lamka, Nashatar etc.

 

The Nana bhai Bharwads are further categorised in clans like the Meer, Boriya, Algotar, Sabhad, Jograna, Satiya, Sindhav, Dabhla, Parmar etc.[5]While among the Bharwad of south Gujarat, their main clans are the Vaharka, Chandulka, Rokadka, Kalwamia, Jodika, Gundarya, Kuhadiya, and Dahika.since Bharwad are known in maharashtra then,why are they not given the facilities of Nomadic tribes or other facilities so that they can educate themselves and participate in the development of the country.

 

About 5000 years, a civilization flourished in the sindhu river region. The main activity of the people is rearing of Cows, Agriculture.etc. For rearing of cows, a new community called Bharvad, was formed, who is exclusively entrusted to look after the cows. Persons who possessed one lac cows were called NAND People who kept more than one Lac cows, were called, “SUNAND People who kept more than 5 lac cows were called as MAHA NAND. In gokul, Shree Nand and Lord Krishna, were looking after cows. At this time, Population of Arya Samaj was flourishing in the sindhu river region who were called as ABHIR and AHIR. This area of original bharwads region was called as North India. In the family of AHIR, they had an understanding with Lord Shree Krishna and they were taking cows and other animals. On the way to Dwarka, they happened to stay in Bharu radish, a small village on the Bhanas river bank. In due course of time, Bharu Pradesh was known as Bharvad. People, who went with Lord Krishna, were called as AHIR. One person went to South Gujarat, and stayed in Tapi River region and they were called as AHIR. People who went with Lord Krishna are called bharvads and they setup shivlings in temples are called Gwalinath, Balinath and Mahadev. Even today, Balinath Mahadev is the Guru of Whole Bharvad community.

 

At that time, Muslims had attacked the area. After Sindh, Vistar became the target of attack. There was a big war between Hindus and Muslims. The Muslims wanted to convert all the Hindus to Muslims, and those who did not convert, were tortured and even killed. At that time, Badshah, one of the Muslim king, in order to escape from attack, took shelter in one of the bharvad areas in Gujarat. Slowly, these Muslims started shifting to other places in Gujarat. At that time, many Bharvads accepted Muslim pir, Muslim Fakir. The Muslims accepted Bhakti like Sai Pir. So, many Hindus tried to protest these acts. Hence, the Bharvad community was divided into two main groups, which was called as small group of Nana Bhai Bharvad and big group of Mota Bhai Bharvad and came into existence. They even co-operated in making foods together in a common kitchen, but the question of marriage, was not accepted by them. In this modern age, this practice of inter group marriage, is slowly getting accepted by both the communities. Younger Bharvad, who is originally from Punjab-Haryana, now settled in different areas og Gujarat like Nal Sarovar, Khambhat, Bhavnagar, Mahuva, because of similar climate prevailing in these regions, like Punjab and Haryana, The elder Bharvad community had settled in various places of Gujarat and even represented their community with the local kings. As many Bharvads had settled in various parts in and outside Gujarat, their names were also localized according to the local traditions.Their Gotrams were called Mota Bhai and Nana Bhai.

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