Saraswat

Saraswat
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in:

Languages
Rajasthani, Hindi, Punjabi, Haryanvi, Kannada, Marathi, Konkani, Kashmiri, Garhwali, Dogri, Bengali, Oriya, Kumaoni
Religion
Mangalorean Catholics
Related ethnic groups
Mohyal, Punjabi Brahmins, Kashmiri Pandit

The Saraswats are a Brahmin sub-caste of India.

History

The Saraswat Brahmins originally were autochthonous inhabitants who trace their origin to the Indus-Saraswati civilization during 4000-2000BC. They lived in the 700+ archeological sites discovered along the former Saraswati River that once flowed parallel to the Indus in present day Kashmir, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan regions. They are considered to be the descendants of the revered Brahmin, Sage Saraswat Muni, who lived on the banks of the ancient river Saraswati.[1] Around 1900 BC, the river Saraswati started vanishing under ground and the people on its banks started migrating to other parts of Ancient India thus forming sub-communities. There are many sub-communities in Saraswats, including

  • Himachali Saraswats
  • Garhwali Saraswats
  • Kumaoni Saraswats
  • Rajasthani Saraswats
  • Saraswats from Haryana
  • Saraswats from Uttar Pradesh
  • Saraswats from Konkan
  • Marathi Saraswats
  • Bengali Saraswats (Vaidya Brahmins)
  • Kashmiri Saraswats Kashmiri Pandits
  • Dogra Saraswats (Brahmins from Jammu)
  • Punjabi Saraswats
  • Oriya Saraswats

See also

Gotra

List of Math

Temples

Surnames and details

Food and language

Other Brahmins

History

Others

Notes

References

  • Gazzette, Punjab Department of Revenue,Religions and castes
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