प्रिय मित्रो यह चिटठा हमारे महान वैश्य समाज के बारे में है। इसमें विभिन्न वैश्य जातियों के बारे में बताया गया हैं, उनके इतिहास व उत्पत्ति का वर्णन किया गया हैं। आपके क्षेत्र में जो वैश्य जातिया हैं, कृपया उनकी जानकारी भेजे, उस जानकारी को हम प्रकाशित करेंगे।
Agrahari, Agraharee or Agarhari is an Indian and Nepali Madhesi Vaishya community, claimed to be descendants of legendary king lord rama. Predominantly, they are found in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Terai region of Nepal.
In Chhattisgarh, Central Provinces of British India, some of few Agrahari were Malgujars/Zamindars. The ruler of Raigarh awarded the title Shaw to Agraharis. The title still continues.
Main article: Agrahari Sikh
Most of the Agraharis follow Hinduism, although some are Sikhs. The majority of Agrahari Sikhs are found in the Eastern Indian state of Bihar Jharkhand and West Bengal. Author Himadri Banerjee wrote in his book "The Other Sikhs: A View from Eastern India", that Agraharis converted to Sikhism during Mughal period by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, 9th Guru of the Sikhs. Mughal rulers were enforcing Hindus to convert to Islam, but Agraharis refused to convert to Islam and they accepted Khalsa Panth, led by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji for protecting their life and religion. Other legend says that Agrahari Sikhs are a community of Ahom converts to Sikhism from the time of 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s travel to Assam. They are also known as "Bihari Sikhs" having lived for centuries in Bihar. They are running several separate Gurudwara in Bihar and West Bengal. The majority of these Sikhs are found in Sasaram, Gaya and Kolkata of Bihar and West Bengal. In Jharkhand they are found in Dumari Kalan and Kedli Chatti. Agrahari Sikhs not only came Eastwards of India, they are also found in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Agrahari Sikhs are of the non-Punjabi background and have nothing related to Punjab, Punjabi, and Punjabiyat. They belong to mainstream Sikhism as taught by the Sikh Gurus.Kashyapa is the Guru Gotra of Agrahari. The gotra Kashyap as by the name of rishi kashyapa is being considered and used on large by Agrahari. Some Agrahari are also says their gitra as bhradwaj
Agrahari often use their community name as surname. However, many people using Gupta, Bania or Baniya, Patwari or Vanik or Banik, Shaw and Vaishya or Vaishy or Vaish or Baishya or Baish.
The Gotra of Agrahari pure Kashyap on the nsme of rishi kashyapa
The Mandal Commission designated the Agrahari of Bihar and Jharkhand as Other Backward Class in the Indian caste system of positive discrimination.
List of Agrahari people
Lavkush Agrahari (National President of BHARATIYA AGRAHARI YUVA SANGATHAN)Navi Mumbai Railway Pravasi Welfare Association)
Umashankar Gupta (Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh)
Amrita Agrahari (Nepal Sadbhawana Party)
Shyama Charan Gupta (Member of Parliament and Mayor)
Radhe Shyam Gupta (MLA and former Cabinet Minister of Uttar Pradesh)
Late Shri Hari Sao Agrahari (Raigarh)
Pannalal Agrahari Crporation Of India (PACI Group)