Bagherwal is a
Jain community originated from
Baghera a princely state
Rajasthan (in India). Presently this town is situated in Ajmer
district of Rajasthan.
4.1 Community publications
4.2 Books published about community
Stone inscriptions from the eleventh century A.D. refer to this
community as located in Chittorgarh, Ranthambore and
various times. During the foreign aggression of North India in the
twelfth century, the community left these forts and spread to villages
and towns of Rajputana and Madhya Pradesh. About six hundred years
ago, three hundred families migrated to Maharashtra from
the leadership of Jijaji and Punaji Khatod. This group settled in
All community members are followers of the
Jain religion (Digambar).
The community has built
Jain temples in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,
Maharashtra. Kirti Stambh, built by one of the community members,
Jijaji Kathod, at
Chittor fort is a historical monument. It is a
seven-story structure built in the twelfth century AD.
Pandit Ashadhar, a scholar of
Jain philosophy, writer of about 100
manuscripts in Sanskrit, was born in this community.
Bagherwal families are settled mainly in South west
Rajasthan (Haroti, Mewar), North West Madhya Pradesh (Malwa) and
Bagherwal population is about thirty thousands.
Main occupation of the community is Trade and business. Now this
community has spread to Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Karnataka, and Uttar
Pradesh. Few families have settled outside India in Australia,
England, Germany, Thailand and United States.
There are 55 Gotras: Thai, Harsora, Khatod, Todh, Thag, Kuchila,
Lambabans, Sethiya, Babriya, Dungerwal, Dhanopiya, Kotia, Katariya,
Madiya, Bagda, Thathediya, Kherkhadiya, Bagdiya, Golwal, Jogiya,
Pitaliya, Borkhandiya, Karda, Ketagi Bhanwar, Bhandari, Sabdra,
Chamariya, Chanwariya, Ugatiya, Sanwala, Sarwadiya, tajlanda,
Nabhaipura, Barmunda, Bhandsali, Sakuniya, Panwariya, Aadujiya,
Mohiwal, Thola, Satoriya, Mandliya, Badalchat, Charhadiya, Pipaliya,
Doraya, Narpatiya, Nigotia, Jathaniwal, Surlaya, Sarpatiya, Dhanotia,
Dugeriya, Harsola, Samriya
A national level organization of the community Akhil Bharatvarshiya
Bagherwal Sangh was established in 1956 at Bijjoliya.
There are five regional organizations covering Kota, Bundi, Malwa,
Mewar and Dakshin regions. The community has established a charitable
Bagherwal Parmarthik Trust’ for welfares of its community
members. It was established in 1983. It provides scholarships to
students, assistance to widows and medical help.
Bagherwal Web Site
Bagherwal Sandesh (Monthly news magazine)
Bagherwal Samaj Sandesh (Monthly news magazine)
Pratibimb ( quarterly magazine )
Books published about community
Bagherwal Jati Ithias by Vidyadhar Johrapurkar
Pandit Ashadhar. Vyaktitva and Kratitava by Nemi Chand Dongaonkar