and primary language is Gujarati. The religion of the majority
of its residents is Hinduism, in addition to significant
percentages following Islam, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and
Christianity. Most of the Gujarati people are strict
vegetarians. Amongst Hindus the deity of Krishna is famously
worshipped in His form of Sri Nathji throughout Gujarat. Gujarat
is birthplace of Ghandhiji. Gujarat is also the birthplace of
the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.
People of the State of Gujarat
there are four groups of people who came to inhabit this land at
different points of time and now form the majority here. These
are Jats, Ahi, Raris and Meval.The Banaskantha district, Mehsana,
SabarKantha, Kheda, and Kutch have many villages where a sizable
population of Jats live.
Jats in Gujarat
The Jats in
Gujarat have come from (Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya
Pradesh. Chaudhary's of Gujarat are either Jat or Rajput. Some
of these people have also given up their clan names and adopted
titles as their surname, the most common being Patel or another
occupation based names. Most Patels in Gujarat are not Jats, but
many of the Jats are Patels. The Patel Jats of Gujarat are
wealthy and landlords. They are settled mainly in Mehsana
district and surrounding districts. The Sagar Milk Dairy is
their creation. The clans of Jats in Gujarat are similar to
those of Jats of North India. They have following clans, as
given in list below. (Gujarati pronunciation is given between
are masters of weaving cotton and wool as also embroidery and
The Ahirs came with Lord Krishna from Gokul in Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the communities of Ahirs began with selling ghee and
milk and are now spread all over the state.
The Rabaris are a nomadic tribe always wandering with their
herds. The origin of this tribe has been traced back to Sind and
Afghanistan though many aspects of this tribe still remain a
puzzle for anthropologists. They have been classified into three
distinct groups, namely Vagadia, Dhabaria, and Kachhi. Women of
this tribe engage themselves in making elaborate embroidery
pieces while the men spend their time tending to their camels
Moreover Gujarat being a heavily industrialized state of India,
attracts lots of outsiders from various parts of India.