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Meghwal

Meghwal

The people of the Meghwal tribe are originally from Marwar in Rajasthan. At the present time they are also found living in western Gujarat near the Pakistan border. In Pakistan Meghwals mostly live in the Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparker, and Umerkot districts of Southern Punjab. In Pakistan the word Meghwar is used at the place of Meghwal.

Meghwar(Sindhi ميگھواڙ) is one of the major social groups of South Asia. In India they are classified as a "Scheduled Caste", that is, among the castes of India that are specified in a schedule of the Indian constitution. The Meghwar people, after being humbled for many thousand years, have now improved their living standards. The word Meghwal is more often used in place of Meghwar. The word Meghwar is derived from the Sanskrit words, megh, meaning clouds and rain, and war, meaning prayers. Literally, then, the word Meghwar connotes a people who pray for rains. Meghwar people, one of the most peaceful people, believe in humanity.

Meghwar (Urdu میگھواڑ ) live principally in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, along with the Indian states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and some other areas of India. In Pakistan the majority of the Meghwars live in the Districts of Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparker, and Umerkot.

Lifestyle

Now a days Meghwal community live in big and small cities of Gujarat.Mostly in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State. Many people living in Mumbai also.Their main Profession was weaving fabrique specially KHADI.Now a days because of education Most of doing various Government jobs in cities and in villages they are doing labour work in agriculture.Most of Meghwal People living in Bhavnagar District of Gujarat.

They live mostly in small hamlets of round, mud-brick huts painted on the outside with colourful geometric designs and decorated with detailed mirror inlays. The women are famous for their embroidery work and are master wool and cotton weavers. The men are woodcarvers and leather workers. Meghwals are considered as most peaceful among all the tribes living in Gujarat, Sindh, Rajasthan, Punjab.

The Meghwal women are renowned for their exuberantly detailed costumes and jewellery. Married Meghwal women are often spotted wearing gold nose ring, earrings and neckpieces. They were given to the bride as a "bride wealth" dowry by her soon-to-be husband's mother. Nose rings and earrings are often decorated with precious stones of ruby, sapphire and emerald. Some nose rings are so heavy that the weight of it is suspended by a beaded chain, which is connected to her hair. Neckpieces can weigh up to three kilogrammes.meghwars are the follower of "pir pithoro" his shrine is near mirpur khas in pithoro village.

Embroideries

The Meghwal women's embroidery is avidly sought after. Their work is distinguished by their primary use of red, which comes from a local pigment produced from crushed insects. The Meghwal women artisans of Thar desert in Sindh and Balochistan, and in Gujarat are considered master of the traditional embroidery and Ralli making. Exotic hand-embroidered items form part of dowry of Meghwal woman.

Religion

The Meghwal tribe are known to be Hindu. The Meghawals claim to descend from Rishi Megh.

During the Medieval Hindu Renaissance, known as the Bhakti Era, Karta Ram Maharaj, a Meghawal from Rajasthan became the spiritual guru of Meghawals.

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