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Bagherwal Digambar Jain community originated from Baghera a princely state in Rajasthanmarker (in India). Presently this town is situated in Ajmer district of Rajasthan.

History

Stone inscriptions from the eleventh century A.D. refer to this community as having resided at Chittorghar, Ranthamboremarker and Mandalgarhmarker. During Mughal invasion in twelfth century, the community left these forts and spread in different villages and towns of Rajputana and Madhya Pradesh. About six hundred years ago, three hundred families migrated to Maharastra from Chittor under the leadership of Jijaji and Punaji Khatod. This group settled in various parts of Maharastra.

All community members are followers of the Jain religion (Digambar). The community has built many Jain temples in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra. Kirti Stambh built by one of the community members, Jijaji Kathod, at Chittor fort is a historical monument. It is a seven story structure built in 12th century AD.

Pandit Ashadhar a scholar of Jain philosophy, writer of about 100 manuscripts in Sanskrit was born in this community.

Bagherwal Today

Currently Bagherwal families are settled mainly in South west Rajasthan (Haroti, Mewar), North West Madhya Pradesh (Malwa) and Maharastra (Vidarbh). Bagherwal population is about thirty thousands. Main occupation of the community is Trade and Agriculture.Now this community has spread to Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh. Few families have settled outside India in Australia, England, Germany, Thailand and United States.

Gotras

There are 53 gotras in Bagherwal community, as follows:

1.Khatod 2.Todh 3.Samriya 4.Thag 5.Kuchila 6.Lambabans 7.Sethiya 8.Babriya 9.Dungerwal 10.Dhanopiya 11.Kotia 12.Katariya 13.Madiya 14.Bagda 15.Thathediya 16.Kherkhadiya 17.Bagdiya 18.Golwal 19.Jogiya 20.Pitaliya 21.Borkhandiya 22.Karda 23.Ketagi Bhanwar 24.Bhandari 25.Sabdra 26.Chamariya 27.Harsora 28.Chanwariya 29.Ugatiya 30.Sanwala 31.Sarwadiya 32.Thai 33.Nabhaipura 34.Barmunda 35.Bhandsali 36.Sakuniya 37.Panwariya 38.Aadujiya 39.Mohiwal 40.Thola 41.Satoriya 42.Mandliya 43.Badalchat 44.Charhadiya 45.Pipaliya 46.Doraya 47.Narpatiya 48.Nigotia 49.Jathaniwal 50.Surlaya 51.Sarpatiya 52.Dhanotia53. Dugeriya

Organization

A national level organization of the community Akhil Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Bagherwal Sangh was established in 1956 at Bijjoliya. There are five regional organizations covering Kota, Bundi, Malwa, Mewar and Dakshin regions. The community has established a charitable trust ‘Bagherwal Parmarthik Trust’ for welfares of its community members. It was established in 1983. It provides scholarships to students, assistance to widows and medical help.

Publications

Community publications

  • Bagherwal Sandesh (Monthly news magazine)
  • Pratibimb (Published by Akhil Bhartiya Digambar Jain Bagherwal Sangh )


Books Published About Community

  • Bagherwal Jati Ithias by Vidhyadhar Johrapurkar
  • Pandit Ashadhar. Vyaktitva and Kratitava by Nemi Chand Dongaonkar


Yahoo group : bagherwaljain@yahoogroups.com


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