Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Prakash Rajpurohit is an electrical engineer from IIT-Delhi.Prakash did his schooling from DAV School in Delhi before joining IIT.Prakash Rajpurohit Roll Number Is 070763. 24- year- old youth is set to join the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) after securing the second position.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Notable Rajpurohits
Brahmarshi Sant Khetaram ji Maharaj/Kheteshwar ji Maharaj - Revered saint who laid down his mortal beings for greater good of common folk - see Asotra
Brahmarshi Sant Tulsaram ji Maharaj - Present head of Brahma Temple, Asotra
Sant DattCharnanand ji Maharaj - Head of Gopal Govardhan Goushala, Pathmeda (Sanchore), Jalore. Constructed and runs world's biggest Goushala after dedicating his entire life for serving cows (Gou Maata).
Sant Atmanand ji Maharaj - Revered educationist of the community
Late dr. devi singh ji "sarvan" ratlam (m.p.) - freedom fighter & ex. health minisatar fo m.p.
late shri ram singh ji rajpurohit "khavasa" jhabua (m.p.)- freedom fighter
Late Mr.Mohan Singh ji 'Ghenari' - He was the Dean of 1st Vetanary College of India - was popularly called 'Deanshaeb'.
Late Tikam Singh ji 'Kanodia' - Retd. Adl. S.P. (Rajasthan Police) - Notable in encouraging fellow community men in joining Police services in his long stint in services from 50's to 80's.
Late Shri Chunni Lal Ji Rajpurohit, Bawri Khurd (Phalodi), Retd. Chief Nursing Superintendent, Govt. of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Late Shri Pukhraj Singh ji Rajpurohit, Baori Khurd (Phalodi), Retd. Addl SP (Rajasthan Police).
Mr. Raj K Purohit - MLA(Mumba Devi Constituency, Mumbai)
Mr. Dalpat Singh Dinkar - Inspector General of Police (Rajasthan Police)
Mr. Sanjay Purohit - CEO of US based consultancy firm. Is a former IAS officer, completed his Master's from IIT Mumbai and is an MBA (Gold Medalist) from IIM Ahmedabad.
Mr. Suresh Rajpurohit - Indian Police Service officer posted as DIG CBI Jaipur
Mr. Durg Singh Kanodia - Retd. Adl. S.P.(Rajasthan Police)
Dr. Ram C Purohit - Professor at Auburn University, a Nobel Prize nominee
Prof. Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit 'Sokra' - Professor Columbia University New York (U.S.A.)
Mr. Shankar Singh - Former MLA (Ahore constituency, Jalore)
Mr. Bhanwar Singh - Former MLA (Makrana constituency, Nagaur)
Mr. Rajendra Singh - Chairman of Gou Seva Ayog,Government of Rajasthan
Mr. M L Rajpurohit - MLA (Dhanera constituency, Gujrat)
Colonel Narpat Singh - Notable cavalry officer from Indian Army applauded for his immaculate horse-riding skills
Colonel P S Rajpurohit 'Bingarla' - Indian Army
Mr. B S Rajpurohit - CMD of Chemical Process Equipments, Mumbai and Vice President of The All India Reinforced Plastic Moulders Association.
Mr. V S Rajpurohit Kanod - Ex-Dy Commandent Border Security Force (BSF11. See also
Asotra - Brahma Temple
Vedic priesthood
Balotra - City founded by Vaala Ji 'Siya' in Barmer
Bagra (Marwar) - Village founded by Bagaji 'Jagarwal'
Kanodia Purohitan
4. Current State of Community
It is commonly believed that previous two centuries were more or less Dark Age for Rajpurohit community. By mid 19th century almost all the Kshatriya kingdoms of Rajasthan came under British protectorate. The British interference increased in the matter of states and this had its own repercussions on Rajputs and Rajpurohits. Slowly and slowly, Kingship distanced from Kshatriya Dharma and the role of Rajpurohits also diminished in statecraft. The taxfree Jagirs ensured that education lost its importance. Over centuries Rajpurohits saw transformation from a highly educated Vedic community to a primarily agrarian society.
Medival social evils of Purdah(Veil) system, Dowry etc were also inculcated in the Rajpurohit Society. Once fountainheads of education and moral torch bearers of Sanātana Dharma in India were now reduced to a largely illiterate agrarian society. With the advent of Indian independence in 1947, the community saw itself much diminished in economic and political clout.
In past six decades, many of the community members migrated to various Indian cities in search of business opportunities. With sheer hardwork several of them are now successful businessmen. Learning from changing situation and persistence of people like Sant Atmanand Ji Maharaj who opened several youth hostels, the community saw a boost in education. This resulted in many community members joining state and central services along with other professions. Although education levels are on the rise but there is still a scope of improvement in women education. Having developed conservatism over years, women education levels have been very low.
Politically, a strong benevolence in Hindu Dharma made right wing political parties an obvious choice for the community. Resulting in majority of community votes going to parties like BJP. But modern poltics being an unknown turf coupled with political immaturity, Rajpurohits have mostly been a vote bank to political parties. Even in the regions with strong presence of Rajpurohits, hardly any political party historically choose a representative from them. This situation owed much to lack of unity between community members and their personal egos. Until recently, when other communities were keeping their own welfare and political representation above and over political ideologies, Rajpurohits still seemed to be living in a neverland of idealism. Community awakened and came together after Sant Khetaram ji Maharaj/Kheteshwar ji Maharaj sacrificed himself in mid 1980s, for the greater good of humanity as a whole and Rajpurohits in particular. Gradually, there had been a political awakening in the community with number of political representatives from community in both major parties, BJP and Indian National Congress increasing in 21st century. [1]
Child Marriages are decreasing but Dowry system, lavish marriages and Nyat(function after someone's demise) etc are eating up lot of community resources and finances. Opium addicton has also came up as a challenge to the community which needs immediate attention.
5. Gotras
5. 1. Sevad
Sevad is one of the major subcaste/gotra of Rajpurohits which envelops about 40 percent of Rajpurohit community. They are Rajpurohits of Rathores and were given Jagirs all over the Rathori States (Marwar, Bikaner, Kishangarh, Idar {Himmatnagar}, Ratlam, kushlghar, Jhabua, Sailan, Sitamau, Alirajpur. Their Gotra is Bhardwaj and Kuldevi is Nagnechay and var devi is Bishasthmata.
It is said that their ancestor Rajpurohit Devpal Dev came to the region of Marwar with Rao Sheoji Rathore from Kannauj. A family known to us as the "Gahadvala" dynasty ruled Kannauj; their best-known dynast was Raja Jaichand, their last king. The Gahadvalas were displaced from Kannauj by the invasion, in 1194 CE, of Muhammad of Ghor.It is said that Rao Sheoji, a surviving grandson of Jaichand, on pilgrimage to Dwarika along with Rajpurohit Devpal Dev around 1272 samvatsari, met a few Paliwal Brahmins at Pushkar. Pali was a flourishing and prosperous trade center en route Persia, central Asia and Middle-East and beyond. It was governed by local brahmins. The Brahmins requested Rao Sheoji to come to Pali and help them get rid of local tribal people and marauding bands, who were harassing and looting them time to time. Rao Sheoji and his fellow men defeated tribal chiefs first and eventually succeeded in conquering Pali from the brahmins as well. This was the first conquest of Rathores in present day Marwar and paved the way for building up of Rathori Raj. Then they expanded to khed near today's Balotra and slowly with time conquered Malani region from local Rajput clans.
Rajpurohit Devpal Dev was given many villages as jagir. The service lent by Rajpurohits to the state was rewarded with more jagiri lands by Rathore kingdom during the course of time.
Main Jagiri villages or Thikana of Sevad rajpurohits are : Kanodia Purohitan, Dhandhora,Bawri Kalan, Bawri Khurd (Phalodi), ,Bikarlai, Desalsar , kolasar (churu) Kalyanpura(Churu) Thob(Osian), Barli, Tinwari, Khichan, Kharabera Purohitan, Mehri Purohitan(Sardarshahar), Heyadesar (Nokha), Kisnasar (Nokha), Rasisar (Bikaner), Mohrai, Tunkaliya, Jatiawas, Ghevda, Ghantiyala, Chavandia, Bhavanda, Dhundhiyadi (Nagaur), Talkia, Rupawas, Chadwas, Dodu (Nagaur), Toliyasar,Dheerdesar Purohitan(Bikaner),Adsar,Kotri Purohitan, Borawar, Kuchaman, Panchdoliya, Pachava, Maroot, Purohiton Ka Bass,surayata e
5. 2. Sodha
Pithalji Sodha(Rajpurohit) came with Rao Sheoji and Rajpurohit Devpal Dev from Kannauj, he brought the idol of Maa Nagnechaya, kuldevi of Sodha's and Rathore's. Since then Sodha Rajpurohits are main trustees of Maa Nagnechaya Temple(Nagana). Sodha's(Rajpurohit) Kuldevi Shree Nagnechaya Maa and Shree Someshwar Mahadev temples Pran-Pratishtha was performed at Mayalawas Purohitan (Ta.-Siwana,Dist.-Barmer) on 7 May 2009.
They were given villages as jagir and these are Mandli Guman Singhji, Tarsinghdi, Mayalawas ,Ludrada ,Gudda-Nal, Megawas, Deriya, Simrakhia, Rewada, and Bassi.
The gotra of Sodha rajpurohits is Bharadwaj
5. 3. Raigur
RAIGUR originally they were the adopted son of rajput kingdom of chauhan dyanasty when chauhans rajpurohit was not having a child. king gave one of his son to them from there onwards these gotra came into force .They are well known for their bravery 'they originated from [Jalore].'Ashapura Mata is their kuldevi. They are seen mainly jalore-
Sankarna,noon.Sirohi-varada,noon,chadual.khirodi purohitan, Sokra, Kharokara Purohitaan , Vingarla and Faalna Tunkra to name a chawarchha (jalore),gadana (pali).
5. 4. Rajguru
Maharishi Vashishtha is the ancestor of Rajgurus. Their Kuldevi is Kubud Devi(Adar Devi) and their prominent villages are Balera, Silore, Bisurajguran, Doli, Radwa, Vani,Basni Purohitan [Osian]Odwada and Langera. Balera village is sansan of rajguru& our kuldevi Koobarmataji old Tempel in balera villag. The Silore village is often spoken as "Sasan bada Silore gaanv".village chitrodi jaloreBold text
5. 5. Gundesha
Villages of Gundesha or Gundecha are Barwa Mada,lopi Norwa, Nimbada Mandal and Varka,Garasani,Asop,MADA is oldest and very big village among them,
5. 6. Manana
Manana is one of the major Rajpurohit community. Main Jagiri villages or Thikana of Manana Rajpurohits are JASOL, BAMANU(PHALODI) ,Narnadi, Manana basni,Patau,Sarwari Purohitan and Kaludi & Hingola Khurd (Pali),
5. 7. Jagarwal
Jagarwal is a subcaste/gotra of Rajpurohit caste. The gotra of Jagarwal rajpurohits is Vasistha. Brahmarshi Vasistha was Rajpurohit / Rajguru of Suryavanshi Kshatriyas / Sun Dynasty. Jagarwal Rajpurohits migrated from Sesali Village of Jalore district in Rajasthan. Jagarwal Rajpurohits were Rajpurohits of Parmara Rajputs who were rulers of Jalore. Bal Rishi / Jabali Rishi was ancestor of Jagarwal Rajpurohits. Jalore / Jabalipur was named after Bal Rishi / Jabali Rishi. Bal Rishi had 12 Sasan villages (Rent free villages) including Balwara. Later on Jagarwal Rajpurohits became Rajpurohits of Sindhal Rathore rajputs. Kuldevi of Jagarwal Rajpurohits is Jageshwari Devi / Jwalamukhi Devi.
Before independence Jagarwal Rajpurohits had many Sasan Jagir villages in Marwar & Godwad region i.e. Punadiya, Gola, Jasnagar, Kakindra, Lambiyan, Rewatada, Veerana, Rewat, Modran, Dakatara, Bagra (Marwar), Basda Dhanji, Dhola Sasan, Akadada, Dhariya, Lapod, Auwa Sasan & Champa Khedi,Dhangadwas etc.
5. 8. Mutha
In current time Mutha's are an affluent Gotra among Rajpurohits in Rajasthan and their lineage is drawn from Shri Somoji. There are five villages of Muthas: namely Rungari, Pilowani, Vanadar, Ghenari and Shivtalav.Rungari is the oldest village among all five villages and persons of all four villages respects Rungari as big brother,and Shivtalav is at a distance whereas rest four villages share boundaries. These four villages are collectively called Shon/Sansan, which means affluent and ruling class.Rohini Maata is kuldevi of mutha,the temple of Rohini Maata is located in Vandar,From year2009 new construction for RohiniMaata temple started and it may be possible to complete in year 2010(current year).The Maataji temple development started with support of all Rajpurohit from Vandar. Muthas lay great emphasis on education and as a result, there are quite a many doctors and engineers (with a few students from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT)). Many of them are into Rajasthan Administrative Service(RAS) and in various government departments. Few have settled in metros and outside India, still all keep in touch and visit their villages quite often. There is a close bounding in Muthas- in fact, They come to their villages from all over to celebrate Holi festival which lasts for a week at these places. Muthas are known in business as well. Woman literacy is very high in this "Gotra" and there are graduates and postgraduates from villages. Locality of these villages is almost same e.g. all villages are situated on the bank of river Sumeri/Bandi at the heart of Aravali Mountain. All villages have similar entrance via 'Perole' means Huge Gate single entrance,and have the temple of Charbhujanath, all villages have large Banyan trees in "akhriya" which give cool shadow to villagers, similar well called "ponaga" and water tank for supply of pure drinking water
Rajpurohit a Title bestowed upon those learned Brahmins, who were masters in 4 arts i.e. mantra's( all rituals), economics, politics and warfare.They were the "Brain of King's". They looked after the administrative running of the kingdoms.In the course of their service to the kingdom, according to ancient traditions, the kings use to award few non-taxable villages or land known as Sasan Jagir and donated call Doli Jagir within his kingdom to their Rajpurohits. These villages or land were considered to be free from any ruler, and were outside the ambit of any form of tax. Also any member of Kshatriya clan were barred to reside in such jagirs. Even today, this is a fact in many parts of Rajasthan. Since in India, the majority of Rathori raj was prevalent in Rajasthan before the independence of India, the Rajpurohit caste is prominently found in Marwar & Godwad region of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur, Jalore, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Churu & Sirohi districts of Rajasthan. Most of the Rajpurohits who live in other parts of India, can trace back their roots, up to one to two generations, back to some village of Rajasthan. However some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with their common boundary with Rajasthan do have members from Rajpurohit community residing there for quite some time.
1. Historical evolution as a community
Presently Rajpurohits as a community majorly dwell in the state of Rajasthan in India. There are more than 100 sub-castes of Rajpurohit each associated with one ruling ancient Kshatriya clan or the other. Some of them are Raithala,Sevad, Siya/Siha, Jagarwal, Udesh, Manana, Mutha, Sodha, Rajguru/Rajgur/Rajgar, Raigur/Raigar, Paliwal, Gundecha, Santhua, Panchlod, Sidhap, Udesh/Audichya, Dudawat, Trambkoti, Balvasa/Balocha, Ridwa, Aboti, Joshi, Vyas, Podharwal, Fandar, Daviyal, Kevancha, Sepau, Kesariya, Bakaliya, Makwana, Ojha, Ajariya, Badmera, Sanchora, Titopa, Dadala, Kedariya, Joshi/Jui, Vyas, Radbada & Halsiya. Each of these sub-castes individually had been Rajpurohit(Royal caretakers/priests) of a Kshatriya clan in India and were in lineage to various ancient Rishis. As a normal practice of those times the marriage relationships between rajpurohit families associated with different gotras was common place. With the passage of time the kingdoms were created and decimated but these Brahmins were woven together in a community named Rajpurohit. Rajpurohit as a community is a group of brahmins who are/were royal caretakers and priests of a Hindu Kingdom in medival times. Over last few centuries, Rajpurohits were inculcated into feudal structure of Rajasthan as they time to time received grants of villages called Jagirs from rulers. Consequently, they came closer to Rajputs in terms of tradition, way of living and customs. Though they retained the Brahminical customes of vegetarianism, wearing of Janeu etc. They address each other as Jagirdars and normally have Singh as their middle name.
Today the members of Rajpurohit community have spread across the length and breadth of the world. The major occupations of Rajpurohits are Farming, Food & Catering, Cloth & Textile merchants and Cosmetics. While many of them have managed to get into prestigious jobs and professional degrees.
�राजपुरोहित� अर्थात राज्य का पुरोहित। राजपुरोहित हिन्दु ब्राह्मण समाज कि एक शाखा है। पौराणिक काल मै राजपुरोहितो को धरा पर ब्रह्म सत्ता का अंश माना जाता था। यह मान्यता थी कि राजपुरोहित राज्य के लिये जो निर्णय लेते है उनमें ब्रह्म शक्ति का बल होता है, अत: राजपुरोहितो के निर्णय पर राजा सदैव नत-मस्तक करते थे।
राजा के दैवीय सलाहकार होने के कारण राजा इन ब्राह्मणो को विशेषणो से आभुषित करते थे। राजपुरोहित उनहि अलंकारो मे से एक अलंकार है। गुरु द्रोणाचार्य राजपुरोहित ब्राह्मण थे। नीति-शास्त्र और शक्ति-प्रयोग राजपुरोहित के वर्चस्व क्षेत्र थे, है और सदैव रहेंगे।

प्रत्येक राजपुरोहित अपने आप मै एक शक्तिशाला है। प्रत्येक राजपुरोहित नीति का पर्याय है।
Rajpurohit (राजपुरोहित)

Rajpurohit (राजपुरोहित) is a subgroup of Hindu Brahmins (Brāhmaṇa, ब्राह्मणः) with its roots in Rishikul (great revered Indian sages from Vedic era) in India.
They are considered as the oldest brahmins who were associated with the ruling class of a kingdom since ancient ages in India. As a tradition Rajpurohits were not only involved in heading the religious rites and duties but also provide selfless service to the state, they were considered to be guardians of the state. They were as much into mentoring royal house, educating princes, guiding king on the path of dharma, providing advise on the matters of welfare of the state, performing religious duties as they were into helping in maintaining the security of kingdom by being actively involved in battles. Guru Dronacharya and Kripacharya were the Rajpurohits of the ancient kingdom of Hastinapur who participated in the great war of Mahabharata on behalf of the state during fall of the Dvapara Yuga. Present day Rajpurohits also trace this spirit of martial hood from the great Brahmin warrior sage Parashurama. As an example, the Junagarh fort in Bikaner houses memorial of Jagram ji Rajpurohit who died fighting for the cause of the state. As a custom, every wedding in the royal family of Bikaner is incomplete without paying homage to him. Such cenotaphs and headstones of Rajpurohits can be found all over Marwar and Bikaner. Chanakya (Sanskrit: चाणक्य Cāṇakya) (c. 350-283 BCE) was an adviser, a prime minister and Rajpurohit to the first Maurya Emperor Chandragupta (c. 340-293 BCE), and architect of his rise to power. Along with the other surnames like Dixit, Goswami etc, Purohit/Rajpurohit is also used as a surname among the Brahmins.