About Us

This website is dedicated for the people of Menaria Samaj, residing worldwide with the intention to keep each other connected,committed towards Samaj progress & keep the new generation ahead, to save Menaria Samaj hostorical event, celebrations,customs and event.

 

Who are Menaria?
The Indian caste system has been in use for many years.  Still today the values of the caste system are held strongly.  It has kept a sense of order, and peace among the people.  There are five different levels of the system: Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and Harijans. Within each of these categories are the actual "castes" orjatis within which people are born, marry, and die. They all have their own place among each other and accept that it is the way to keep society from disintegrating to chaos. 

We Menaria was also a part of this system. Menaria is a sub caste of Brahmin Samaj and is also called as 52 Kheda Brahmin. Here Kheda word represents Village. In the Indian Cast system the casts are being decided into sub casts after the development of Cast for its local identity. This kind of sub casts were called as Bawan (52) Kheda, Chowalis ( 44 ) Kheda , Solah ( 16 ) Kheda , etc.

According to a myth it has been said that the division was due to the vast spreading of the society. Since the society had spread very vastly from Marwar to Mewar and Malwa and at that time there were very few sources of transportation, so it made difficult for people of society to communicate and develop relationship. So it was decided firstly that all the functions and programs should be organized on same day and same place for at least 5-6 villages, and also it was decided that representatives from one village can can attend the religious program of any one village. Lately the names like "Bawan Kheda - 52 Kheda" , "Solah Kheda - 16 Kheda", "Chawalis Kheda - 44 Kheda " were being used as per the different Chokhalas, where Chokhla stands for a Baithak or Committee.

The reprentative of "Bavan Khedas - 52 Kheda" were get together at Menar Village, hence the term Menaria comes from the Village Menar. "Chawalish Kheda" "Chobis Kheda" "Solah Kheda" etc. represent Paliwal Brahmins.

Geographically Menaria Samaj was spreded in Girwa (Udaipur) , Vallabhnagar, Chittorgarh, Kapasan, Badi Sadri, Chhoti Sadari, Doongla, Neemach, Mandsaur etc and the Paliwal Samaj is spreded near Kumbhalgarh, Rajsamand, Shri Nathdwara, Gogunda, Girwa and Mavli.

Menaria Brahmin Samaj still remains the name as "Bawan Kheda Brahmin Samaj" though the number of villages is more then 52.

 

*source of this information is menaria darpan nyas