The Rajputs form a significant constituent in the
Hindu inhabitants of the state of Gujarat in
India. The word Rajput has been derived from
two words: “rajah” meaning King and “putra”
meaning son, therefore meaning the son of a
King. This is why the Rajputs are essentially the
descendants of the Kings of the country.
Although the term Rajput has been around since
the 7th century, India has had many Rajputs
ever since the civilisation probably started.
Since this land was ruled by many people, all
the Hindu rulers were known as Rajputs.
However, towards the end of the 10th century,
Rajputs came to be further classified into two
The role of Darbaar Caste
Being the most prominent Rajput clan of
Gujarat, the Darbar caste has played a very
critical role in the development of the state
since the 10th century. The chief of the Darbaar
caste family is referred to a Darbar Saheb. This
is a title of honour given to him.
As such there isn’t any specific caste of Darbar
but they are pretty much regarded as a unique
community in their own rights owing to their
cultural superiority. It must be noted that a
Rajput chieftain or a lord of small principality in
any state will often be referred to as Darbar
sahib not meaning as the Darbaar caste but
simply as a leader.
However, amongst all other states, the Darbar
community holds a special position in the
general society of Gujarat. They are true to their
traditions till date. It will not be incorrect to
state that they have upheld some of the most
beautiful and significant cultural rites even in
the modern world.
Rajput-Darbaar Horseman against Mughals
What significance has the Darbar caste played
in the modern times?
With the change in time and our modern
development, the roles given to the castes are
no longer the same as before. I am a very proud
member of my caste and cherish our legacies,
but also a strong believer in the fact that the
more we diversify ourselves the better will it be
for the community altogether. This is precisely
why you will find that the Darbar Rajputs of
Gujarat are no longer holding office only in the
field of ruling and administration.
We are educationists, writers, painters,
engineers, soldiers, craftsmen and just about
every kind of profession that you can imagine.
We bring our inbred leadership qualities at the
helm of India’s growth.
Being patriotic and chivalrous, you will find
that the Darbar community has given a lot to
ensure that the state of Gujarat continues to
thrive and be one of the best places to live in
within the nation. We are proud of the service
that we can offer to our motherland and are
true to our every word! Jai jai garvi Gujarat!
However, Rajputs have been called differently in
various sections of the region. Amongst the
popular names are:
A. Girasia – also known as Darbaar and Bapu in Gujarat
B. Rajput of various states