Nayak (ethnic group)


Nayak (ethnic group)

The Nayak are a Muslim Rajput community found in the state of Gujarat in India.[1]

Contents

History and origin

The word nayak means a head of a regiment. This word is derived from the Sanskrit senanayaka, which means head of a regiment. The community trace there descent from the Vaghela Rajputs who converted to Islam in the 12th Century. They established a number of petty states in Saurashtra. The community have been Sunni Muslims for the last eight centuries, and are now fairly orthodox. They perceive themselves to be Muslim Rajputs.[2]

Present circumstances

The community are now found mainly in Saurashtra and the Banaskantha District. They are endogamous, but do intermarry with the Pathan, Malik and Molesalam Rajput community. The community are now mainly small to medium sized cultivators. They have an caste association, the Nayak Jamaat.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1028-1032
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1028-1032
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1028-1032

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nayak (title) — Nayak, Nayaka, Nayakar, Nayakkar, Naik, Naiker, Naicker, Naickan, Naiken, Nayakkan, Naidu, Nayudu or Naidoo is a common title used by various caste and ethnic groups across India. They are all derivatives of the original Sanskrit Nayaka, meaning… …   Wikipedia

  • Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins — ethnic group group = Rajapur Saraswat Brahmans सारस्वत ಸಾರಸ್ವತ್ poptime = 75000 (approx) popplace = Primary populations in: *Karnataka *Kerala *Goa *MaharashtraPopulations in: *United Kingdom *United States *Arab States langs = Konkani ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Goud Saraswat Brahmin — ethnic group group = Goud Saraswat गौड़ सारस्वत ಗೌಡ ಸಾರಸ್ವತ್ ഗൌഡ് സാരസ്വത് poptime = 300,000 (approx) popplace = Primary populations in: *Goa *Maharashtra *Karnataka *KeralaPopulations in: *United Kingdom *United States *Arab States langs =… …   Wikipedia

  • Chaush — Total population 600,000+ Regions with significant populations •  India • …   Wikipedia

  • Nepalese Armed Forces — Service branches Nepalese Army Nepalese Armed Police Force Headquarters …   Wikipedia

  • Muhajir people — For other uses, see Muhajir. Muhajir people مہاجر …   Wikipedia

  • Balija — is a warrior / trading / agrarian community found in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh (concentrated in the Rayalaseema region), Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. They are also found in Maharashtra and Kerala.Balija is a sub caste of the Kapu (caste).… …   Wikipedia

  • Muslims of Uttar Pradesh — For Uttar Pradeshi Muslims who settled in Pakistan, see Muhajir people. Muslims in Uttar Pradesh number about 30,740,158 (18.4961%), and form the largest religious minority in the state. They are also known as Urdu speakers, on account of Urdu… …   Wikipedia

  • Muslim Rajputs — in Hindi मुसलमान राजपूत مسلمان راجپوت …   Wikipedia

  • Memon people — Memon Total population 667,000[1] Regions with significant populations •  India • …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.