Banjara is one of the biggest ethnic group of India, but it is not a caste as conventionally construed in Indian Society. It does not fall in any category of "Manu Samriti Chatur Varnas". But it is a Community or Social Group. The name Banjara was derived to them from Sanskrit word of Banaj or Vanijya (Trading) because of their main and age old vocation (prior to British Trade and Raj) of transportation of food grains and other commodities on back of animals, hence the name Banjara was attached to them.
31 Synonyms of Banjaras
THE LIST 'A' , 31 SYNONYMS OF BANJARAS B 1. BANJARA/BANJARE/BANJARI/BANJRA 2. BANJARA NAT OR NAT BANJARA 3. BANJARA SIKH OR SIKH BANJARA 4. BADI BANJARA 5. BAGORA BANJARA 6. BAJIGAR OR BAZIGAR BANJARA 7. BALADIA OR BALDIYA BANJARA 8. BAMANIA BANJARA / BAMANIYA BANJARA 9. BRIJWASI BANJARA C 10. CHARAN BANJARA D 11. DIGORA BANJARA G 12. GAMALIA 13. GAURIA / GWARIA / GVARIA / GAVARIA 14. GAWALIA / GAWAL 15. GOR / GOAR BANJARA J 16. JOGI BANJARA K 17. KACHIKIWALE BANJARAS / KACHRIWALA BANJARA 18. KANCHAN 19. KANGI / KANGASHIYA BANJARA L 20. LABAN / LABANA/ LOBANA /LABHAN / LABHANA 21. LADENIA / LADONIA / LADONIA BANJARA 22. LAMAN BANJARA 23. LAMANI / LAMBANI / LAMBHANI / LAMBANA 24. LAMBADA / LAMBARA / LAMBADE / LAMBADI /LAMBADIS 25. LATHORE / RATHORE N 26. NAIK / NAYAK / NAIKDA / NAYAKA R 27. ROHIDAS BANJARA S 28. SINGARI / SHINGADYA BANJARA / SHINGDE BANJARA 29. SIRKIBAND / SIRKIWALA / SIRKIWALE / SIRKI BANJARA 30. SUGALI / SUGALIS V 31. VANJARA / VANZARA / VANAZARA
To make about these 6 main Gothras and their Paadaas / Sub Gotras / Sub Sects properly understood by educated, modern high-tech younger generation, who are more urbanised and have lost touch with age old Tanda (rural) culture and also that many have become NRIs, therefore, we are giving straight-forward informations on main 6 major Gothras, and their Paadaas / Sub Sects as below: