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Bhandari () caste is among the sea-faring warrior castes (Rajput) of ancient and medieval India. They migrated southward from Rajputana in early 1100 and subsequently spread over different parts of India. Along with Himachal Pradesh , Maharashtra, Goa, parts of Karnataka like Karwar; they can be found in significant numbers in Nepal, Rajasthan, parts of Central India, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Kumaon and Garhwal of Uttarakhand, India.

<!-- The Subtitle belongs to "Brahmin" caste also (GSB) and has an ancient history. -->Sub communities include Kitte, Hetkari, Kshatriya, Thale, Chaudhary, Devkar, Sheshwanshi (Shinde) and Morey, Gawad (Bhandari) mainly from Thane district and the entire Konkan Region on the Western coast up to Kerala.In Nepal some bhandaris are buddhist as well especially bhandaris in Kathmandu and hilly areas surrounding kathmandu


Bhandaris are one of the shudra communities of Konkan belonging to the 'Other Backward Classes' and are mainly engaged in toddy making (toddy - a kind of alcoholic beverage made from juices of palm tree. They are ethnically proto-asians - people having dark complexion and short stature. This commumity might have got the name Bhandari on account of its profession of toddy tapping as it means liquor distillers.The meaning of the word 'Bhandari has more than one origin. The two theories are given below.
  1. In "Katha Kalpataru" and "Bramhotarpuran" it is......
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