Bhandari caste

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This Marathi speaking community is mainly found in the state of Maharashtra in India. They are of similar race to that of Ezhavas of Kerala, edigas and billavas of Karanataka. They are basically into toddy shopping, brewing arrack etc. However they were warriors of many kingdoms in central India.

The community claims that it is a "Kshatriya" caste which is one of the oldest caste in Mumbai. Bhandaris had significant contribution in the growth and development of Mumbai. Since AD 400 this caste is mentioned in the literature. In "Chind Mahatmya" had mentioned Sheshvanshiy caste also in "Rajput Tribes" it is described how these caste developed. Link The Bhandari community accepted Sree Narayana Guru as their spiritual and community leader in 2006 during Sivagiri Pilgrimage and officially declared by All-India Bhandari Samaj Mahamandalam president Navinchandra Bandi Vadekar. Link . Link

Raobahadhur sitaram kesav bole and bhagojirao keer was a prominent leaders of this community in mumbai.

Gomantak Bhandari

They are a similar community from the state of Goa and same social responsibilities . They also speak Marathi though culturally similar to Similar race of North Karnataka.Bhandaris are found densely in Karwar , They Speak Malvani Marathi- Konkani,They Worship Samadevi as their deity, Karwar has 2 main Sanghs, Karwar Taluka Bhandari Unnati Sangh & Uttar Kannada Zilla Bhandari Sangh.The main office is situated in Panjim, Goa at Patto above...
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