Rajpurohit

Rajpurohit

Rajpurohit is a Hindu Brahmin caste with its roots in Rishikul (great revered Indian sages from Vedic era) in India. There are more than 100 sub-castes of Rajpurohits. Some of them are Jagarwal, Sevad, Manana, Mutha, Sodha, Rajguru / Rajgur /Rajgar, Raigur / Raigar, Paliwal, Gundecha, Santhua, Panchlod, Sidhap, Udesh / Audichya, Dudawat, Trambkoti, Balvasa / Balocha, Ridwa, Aboti, Joshi, Vyas, Podharwal, Fandar, Daviyal, Kevancha, Sepau, Kesariya, Bakaliya, Makwana, Ojha, Ajariya, Badmera, Sanchora, Titopa, Dadala, Kedariya, Radbada & Halsiya. Rajpurohits are pure vegetarian and believers in Hindu Vedic Culture.

Demography

Rajpurohit a Title bestowed upon those learned Brahmins, who used to perform the rituals and rites for the Raja of some kingdoms. In the course of their service to the kingdom, according to ancient traditions, the king used to donate a few villages or land known as Sasan Jagir or Doli Jagir within his kingdom to their Rajpurohits. These villages or land were considered to be free from any ruler, and were outside the ambit of any form of tax. Also any member of Kshatriya clan were barred to reside in such jagirs. Even today, this is a fact in many parts of Rajasthan. Since in India, the majority of Rathori raj was prevalent in Rajasthan before the independence of India, the Rajpurohit caste is prominently found in Marwar & Godwad region of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur, Jalore, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Churu & Sirohi districts of Rajasthan. Most of the Rajpurohits who live in other parts of India, can trace back their roots, up to one to two generations, back in some village of Rajasthan. However some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with their common boundary with Rajasthan do have members from Rajpurohit community residing in its territory for quite some time. Today the members of Rajpurohit community have spread across the width and breadth of the world. The major occupations of Rajpurohits are Farming, Food & Catering, Cloth & Textile merchants and Cosmetics. While many of them have managed to get into prestigious jobs and professional degrees.

Beliefs

Since the Rajpurohits are believers of Vedic Culture, they believe and follow majority of Hindu customs / rituals etc. For example, Rajasthani/Marwari is still their mother tongue or langauge used at home. The male rajpurohit have Janoi on his shoulder.

Jagarwal

Jagarwal is a subcaste of Rajpurohit caste. The gotra of Jagarwal subcaste is Vasistha. Brahmarshi Vasistha was Rajpurohit / Rajguru of Suryavanshi Kshatriyas / Sun Dynasty. Jagarwal Rajpurohits are migrated from Sesali Village of Jalore district in Rajasthan. Jagarwal Rajpurohits were Rajpurohits of Parmara Rajputs who were rulers of Jalore. Bal Rishi / Jabali Rishi was Ancestor of Jagarwal Rajpurohits. Jalore / Jabalipur was named after Bal Rishi / Jabali Rishi. Bal Rishi had 12 Sasan villages (Rent free villages) including Balwara. Later on Jagarwal Rajpurohits became Rajpurohits of Sindhal Rathore Rajputs. Before independence Jagarwal Rajpurohits had many Sasan Jagir villages in Marwar & Godwad region i.e. Rewatada, Veerana, Rewat, Modran, Dakatara, Bagra (Marwar), Basda Dhanji, Dhola Sasan , Akadada, Dhariya, Punadiya , Lapod , Auwa Sasan & Champa Khedi etc. Kuldevi of Jagarwal Rajpurohits is Jageshwari Devi / Jwalamukhi Devi.

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