population of Kathiawar
region in Saurashtra
also known as the Maher, Mihir, Mair
are a community of people who have evolved from the Kshatriya Rajput
varna within Hinduism
. They are believed to be of Indo-Aryan
descent, and have a rich and diverse history involving many battles, valour and sacrifice to uphold their honour and values. Some of the sacrifices made by them were related to fulfilment of sacred oaths, duties and responsibilities towards common people & also to the Jethwa Ranas of Porbandar. The population of Mers distributed in a number of 155 villages and some 23 nes was reported to be 50,000 according to the Census of 1951. The traditional occupations of the Mer are war and agricultural farming. Some of the Mer villages & land was given to them by the Jethwa Ranas of Porbandar as a token for being part of their royal army against invading tribes in the Kathiwar region.
The Maher of Rajasthan have two territorial divisions (Kundali and Hadoti
) and call themselves "Nand Mehar", since they believe to have descended from King Nand of Vrindavan
. They also call themselves Nandvanshis
. Mahers live in eastern Rajasthan, with large concentration in the Hadoti area (especially Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar
The Mers are of the so-called Aryan stock.
British writer James Tod
associated the term mera
("mountaineer") with the Mers.<ref... Read More