Friday, May 19, 2017

SUNDHI-SHOUNDIK-SUDI VAISHYA CASTE

Sundhi

Sundhi, also known as Sondhi or Sundi or Sudi, is a caste in the Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Utter Pradesh and Delhi. The word Sundhi is said to be derived from the Sanskrit Shaundik, a spirit-seller. They are considered Vaishya caste.

As per Mandal commission report, the Sundhi are included in the category of Other Backward Classes (O.B.C.) in many Indian states and included in Creamy layer.

This caste is also found in the northeast districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh where they are also known as Sondi and as Sundi in Assam or Sudi in the rest of India. They also live in some parts of West Bengal and other parts of the country. There are more than six lakhs of Sundhi or Suri resident in western Bengal, Bihār and Orissa.

2 comments:

  1. the root of shoundik kalwar and jaiswal is the same. all these three castes were related to distillation of sprit beverages in ancient time. their status was at par of present days chemist. later on shoundik evolved as a separate caste due to certain incident when a sprit seller married a brahmin women by saving the life of brahman from the punishment of then king. the next offspring of that sprit seller distinguished itself as a shoundik caste. this is why the women of this caste follow brahminical rituals even present days. they do not take spared meal of their husband and observe complete purity in accepting meal from others.

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  2. the root of shoundik kalwar and jaiswal is the same. all these three castes were related to distillation of sprit beverages in ancient time. their status was at par of present days chemist. later on shoundik evolved as a separate caste due to certain incident when a sprit seller married a brahmin women by saving the life of brahman from the punishment of then king. the next offspring of that sprit seller distinguished itself as a shoundik caste. this is why the women of this caste follow brahminical rituals even present days. they do not take spared meal of their husband and observe complete purity in accepting meal from others.

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