Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Pohradevi-The abode of Sant Sevalal

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.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Purna Malavath from Banjara Community sets new world record

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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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 India, 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.
Dr.G.Pandu Naik, No.203, Second Main Road, Brindavan Extension, Arakere Mico Layout, Bangalore 560076. Email  drgpn@yahoo.com   Phone 09243470110

1)   Mood
2)   Keloot
3)   Sabavat
4)   Korra
5)   Laavadiya
6)   Paaltiya

1)   Vislavat
2)   Amgot
3)   Jharapla
4)   Aayot
5)   Chaayot
6)   Baani/ Vaani
7)   Tharabaabi/ Sarabaani
8)   Vinjraavat/ Binjraavat/ Vijalot
9)   Waankadot
10)   Lunasaavat/ Nunasaavat
11)   Lokavat
12)   Goram/ Goramo

1)   Baada
2)   Boda
3)   Laaka
4)   Luna
5)   Dhaara
6)   Ghugal
7)   Haalaa
8)   Khunasi
9)   Bharoth
10)   Maloth
11)   Ajmera
12)   Thera
13)   Kaanaavath
14)   Naranaavath
15)   Doulaavat
16)   Dharmaavath
17)   Chitravath
18)   Laalavath
19)   Kesavath
20)   Moosaavath
21)   Naathaavath
22)   Tokaraavath
23)   Bidaano
24)   Logaala
25)   Jhondvaano
26)   Lambaadhota


1)   Aaloth
2)   Aadoth/ Ade
3)   Jaatoth
4)   Munasavath
5)   Dhonaavath
6)   Paanaavath
7)   Vadhassoth
8)   Kuthaavath
9)   Laavari
10)   Dheeraavath
11)   Baadoka


1)   Aalan
2)   Mohan
3)   Dharamsi
4)   Cheena rathod
5)   Baalan
6)   Muchaal
7)   Gole
8)   Holaani
9)   Olaani
10)   Molaani
11)   Tholaani
12)   Golaani
13)   Bhoraavath
14)   Goreebaavath
15)   Daasaavath
16)   Kaaba
17)   Veeroth
18)   Jaagoth
19)   Daalwane
20)   Varasghaane
21)   Maangkhane
22)   Baldhaane
23)   Sothariya
24)   Aatbhayya
25)   Saavaare
26)   Sabaano
27)   Ramavath
28)   Ramdaano
29)   Perojaano
30)   Ratvaano
31)   Raamraano
32)   Alaavleeya
33)   Dhakaliya
34)   Rojwaane
35)   Jattoth
36)   Bheekaa
37)   Deda
38)   Dunger
39)   Megaavath
40)   Haaravath
41)   Meraavali
42)   Elaasi
43)   Melaasi
44)   Aanaa
45)   Arsi
46)   Laksoth
47)   Jamanavath
48)   Bhunsoth
49)   Haapaavath
50)   Khola
51)   Khaatroth
52)   Modercha
53)   Mepalaan
54)   Jarathla
55)   Vedi
56)   Jaalpoth
57)   Ramanya
58)   Roopaavath
59)   Doodavath
60)   Chapavath
61)   Devsoth
62)   Rajavath


1)   Ramsi
2)   Vudsi
3)   Karamsi
4)   Dharamsi
5)   Gole
6)   Depa
7)   Dhana
8)       Bhoja
9)       Thala
10)   Mera
11)   Ransi
12)   Poona
13)   Ratta
14)   Raanaa
15)   Ranjit
16)   Gaja
17)   Rooda
18)   Heera
19)   Kamma
20)   Nagga
21)   Ooda
22)   Chaampa
23)   Lola
24)   Naramand
25)   Chood
26)   Kapoor
27)   Devi
28)   Daas
29)   Desa
30)   Thakkar
31)   Mega
32)   Tholach
33)   Lachama
34)   Dhaku
35)   Haaku
36)   Soma
37)   Hoba
38)   Khaana
39)   Devji
40)   Ghana
41)   Pema
42)   Ghana
43)   Pama
44)   Heeba
45)   Mannoth
46)   Raja
47)   Meeraaja
48)   Jetha
49)   Kumba
50)   Kheema
51)   Saalaavath
52)   Bhaasavath
53)   Lotaavath
54)   Peethaavath
55)   Dhega
56)   Dungha
57)   Neha
58)   Khetha
59)   Dhaana
60)   Maadhu
61)   Karamchand
62)   Rathna
63)   Bhoja
64)   Gongaavath
65)   Maagaavath
66)   Cheetah
67)   Tova
68)   Padma
69)   Gaalaa
70)   Saalaavath
71)   Bhaanavath
72)   Lataavath
73)   Peethavath

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.