Tamboli

Who are they? The Tamboli are also known as Tambuli, Tamuli or Tamli. Tamboli has been derived from the Sanskrit word tambul meaning betel leaf…

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Mali

Who are they? The Mali is a caste of gardeners and vegetable-growers. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit mala, meaning garland. There are…

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Lodha

Who are they? The Lodha are an important agricultural community of 3.2 million who live in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.…

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Gosain

Who are they? The Gosain are traditionally a community of religious mendicants – homeless, wandering ascetics who have renounced material pleasures to become a sadhu…

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Darzi

Who are they? The Darzi or Darji, are a community of tailors, numbering around 3,240,000 people. Darzi is derived from the Persian word darzan, meaning…

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