Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Sunday, 4 January 2015
Sant Sevelal is worshiped by Banjara community across the country but most of us have little knowledge about him. I have already shared in this blog about his birth place identified in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states.
On 29th Dec 2014,I took time to travel from Bangalore to Pohradevi in Washim district of Maharastra where the mortal remains of Sant Sevalal was consigned to flames and a temple is built upon it. I prayed at the temple of Sevalal, and godess Jagadamba (who is also prayed as Saati Bhavani and Mariyamma Yaadi in south Karnataka). I also got the opportunity to meet the Banjara guru Ramdev Maharaj. Here are the photos of Pohradevi.
Friday, 28 November 2014
I had been to Mumbai from 21st to 25th Nov 2014. I visited Sassoon Dock at Colaba and was shocked to see hundreds of child workers employed in the most unhygienic conditions to clean the high quality prawns meant for export. The labour minister is just three kilometers away from this place. Colaba is a place resided by the most educated and elite people.Lot of NGOs work here. But no one is bothered about the pathetic conditions of child workers, aged below 14 years. 96% of the child workers here belong to Banjara migrants from Gulbarga district of Karnataka. Here are the photos of child workers taken by me.
Posted by Dr G P Naik at 16:15
Monday, 9 June 2014
Purna Malavath from Banjara Community sets new world record
Purna Malavath, a 13 year old tribal girl from Banjara (ST)community of Andhra Pradesh set new world record on 25th May 2014 by becoming the youngest female in the world to have climbed Mount Everest. She was born at Pakala village, Nizamabad district of Telangana state of India on 10 June, 2000. Her father Devidas Malavath and mother Lakshmi Malavath are agricultural labourers. Along with her Mr. Anand Kumar a 17 year old SC boy has also scaled the world’s highest mountain.
Purna is a student of class IX in Thadwai (Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools). Her parents are daily wageworkers. Extremely good in studies and extracurricular activities, she grabbed the opportunity by undergoing a four-stage screening test.
Last year, APSWRS authorities picked up two students from each of 299 residential schools across the state and selected 108 talented students after a training course held in Bhongir of Nalgonda district. In the screening test only 20 students were shortlisted. They were trained at Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute between October 26 and November 16.
During the training programme, Purna got ‘A’ grade by climbing Kanchenjunga and she was finally selected for the Everest [expedition]. She along with Anand began the hike on April 4 from Kathmandu. Let us all appreciate the naturally meritorious class of people.
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Posted by Dr G P Naik at 11:41
Monday, 18 February 2013
Dear all from our Banjara Community
Here is a detailed list of all our Gothras. After reading it you will realize that some of your gothras or padas are missing from the list. Take my own case, I belong to Chauhan and my pada should have been Desaavath which does not appear in the list given below. Don’t worry. As a tribal society with illiteracy these terminologies have been carried forward through human memory and by learning through word of mouth from generation to generation. Hence many gothras may be missing.
All gothras are equal. The rule of gothra says that we should not marry within our own gothra. The south Indian Banjaras have the practice of marrying sister’s daughter and maternal uncle’s daughter which is scientifically a wrong practice needed to be discontinued voluntarily. Marriage practices vary from region to region across
and community leaders decide the right and wrong practices to punish the violating
members. It is high time we discourage
such practices of cruel punishments and fines. Let us work for the development of our
community rather than struggling to uphold the age old traditions of caste
system. Those who have confusion about gothras,
padas etc., may feel free to contact me on my email given below. India
Dr.G.Pandu Naik, No.203, Second
Main Road, Brindavan Extension, Arakere
560076. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone
SIX GOTRAS OF CHAUHAAN/ CHAVAN
TWELVE GOTRAS OF PAMAR/ PAWAR
6) Baani/ Vaani
7) Tharabaabi/ Sarabaani
8) Vinjraavat/ Binjraavat/ Vijalot
10) Lunasaavat/ Nunasaavat
12) Goram/ Goramo
TWELVE GOTRAS OF VADATIYA (26 PAADAS WITHIN)
ELEVEN GOTHRAS OF BANNOTH
2) Aadoth/ Ade
SEVEN GOTHRAS OF RATHOD (AND 62 PADAS)
4) Cheena rathod
SEVEN GOTHRAS OF KHAMDARIA (AND 67 PADAS)
There are also called Daadi, Dalya, Jangad etc., whom we have treated historically as inferior to rest of the Banjaras. It is time we uphold their dignity by treating them on par with rest of the Banjaras.
Posted by Dr G P Naik at 16:04