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Welcome to the website of Kashmiri Pandit Community. The purpose of this site is to bring all Kashmiri pandit community together by providing a medium that facilitates  networking, sharing of ideas & help  for suitable  life partner search. Active participation from all the Kashmiris is critical in achieving this goal. This site is dedicated for those young Indian kashmiri community who are looking for suitable life partners across the world.

Kashmiri Pandits contitute a distinct ethnic group among the numerous ethic groups of India. They have a very rich culture based on Vedic and Upnashidic tradition and philosophy.Known for their intelligence and pure Aryan traits Kashmiri Pandits have made a place for themselves in India and abroad. Due to religious fanatic violence in Kashmir which had its origin in Pakistan, Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their motherland which they love dearly.Initially they were in great dispair but soon found their feet and are largely on their own now.The tradition of education helped them to recover and educate their children some of whom were born outside and have never seen Kashmir. The Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora spread in different parts India , Europe, America , Canada, Australia and even Gulf Countries are finding it difficult to find matches for their young men and women from their own community. So it was felt that we should have our own matrimonial website to preserve our distinct culture and tradition.Thus www.khandar.in was born.It is our ardent hope that marriagable Kashmiri Pandit men and women will register and find their soulmates.

Khandar.in decided to form local chapters at various locations through out India & world wherever there was a sizeable concentration of Indian kashmiri families.     

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The Kashmiri Brahmins are divided into 199 exogamous sections (gotras) themembers of which profess to be descended from the Rishi or inspired saintwhose name the gotra bears. Among these sub-divisions social preeedenceis governed by the spiritual greatness or the inferiority of the respectiveRishis, Koul being considered the highest of all the sub-divisions. But,generally, social position is determined by the nature of occupation followedrather than by the gotra and those who have been employed in superior Stateservice since two or three generations hold their heads high above, thosewho are engaged in trade or cultivation. Originally there existed onlysix gotras, viz., Dhattatreya, Bharadwaja, Paladeva, Aupamanyava, Maudgalyaand Dhaumyayana. By intermarriage and intermixture with other Brahminsthe number of gotras multiplied to 199. According to some authorities therewere only three principal divisions viz., Bhat, Pandit and Razdan, fromwhich are derived the distinctive appellations of Koul, Sopori Pandit and Raina. From these three families, as each took to a particular occupationor by adoption or intermarriage with other gotras, other gotras came intoexistence.

Besides gotra, each family has a kram or nick-nameadded to the original name by reason of the head of the family's or anyof his ancestor's special calling or because of such peculiar circumstancewhich has occurred to him. For instance, a man, named Wasdev, had mulberrytree growing in his courtyard and, therefore, he was called Wasdev Tul(mulberry). He, in order to get rid of this nick-name, cut down the tree.But a mund (trunk) remained and people began to call him Wasdev Mund. Hethen removed the trunk of the tree but by its removal a khud (depression)was caused and henceforth people called him Wasdev Khud. He then filledup the depression and the ground became teng (a little elevated) and hebegan to be called Wasdev Teng. Thus exasperated, he left to do any furtherattempt to remove the cause of his nick-name and it continued to be Tengwhich is now attached to the names of his descendents.

The Kashmiri Brahmins perform their religiousceremonies and rites according to the Vedas of Laugakshi Rishi and theNilamatpurana. They freely partake of fish and flesh. They intermarry,only avoiding gotras on both paternal and maternal sides. A list of gotras,together with the two chief divisions of Bhamamasis and malmasis and thenick-names of the families belonging to each gotra is at the end of thischapter.

Pocock says that there are traces of the settlementsof Kashmiris in Greece and from this he infers that the Kashmiri Panditswere originally Greek or Persian settlers in the valley who were Brahmanised.It is by no means improbable that some Kashmiris went to Persia and Greecein the time of Darius Hystapse's invasion of the Punjab and Alexander'sconquest of India (331 B.C.) and settled there. Hence there might be tracesof Kashmiri settlement in those countries. It is possible that some peoplefrom Greece came and settled in Kashmir in ancient times. The tribe Mlecchaswhich existed here in the time of Ashoka is assumed to have been Greeks(see Rajatarangini I, footnote 10). These were driven out of the countryby his son Jalauka. But Mlecchas were quite a distinct race from the KashmiriBrahmins.

There is a tradition in Maharashtra that whitemen like Kashmiri Brahmins got drifted in a storm on the Malabar Coastand, being supposed to be dead, were, however, found alive when attemptedto be cremated. Probably it was a large number of fugitives from Kashmirin the time when Hindus here were being forced to embrace Islam. They mighthave been quite exhausted and emaciated as if looking dead after theirlong and tedious journey. The terms of this tradition are, I believe, agrossly exaggerated form of expression.

During the Muhammadan rule some Brahmins wereonce given option to either submit to the sword or take food prepared bya Musalman. They naturally quivered at the prospect of death and unwillinglyaccepted the latter alternative, but, in their anguish to reduce pollutionto its minimum. made the Musalman cook boil rice in a new lej or earthenpot and when ready they took it out from the lej with their own hands andreluctantly ate it. They afterwards expaciated for the forcible pollutionby performing Prayashchitta but still the Biradari, who were as punctiliousas ever, ostracised them, condemmning them for not having preferred deathto losing their caste by pollution as thousands others had boldly doneunder such circumstances. Their descedents are called Lejibat because oftheir ancestors having eaten food cooked by a Muhammadan in a lej. A stigmaalso attaches to the members of the caste known as Wurud or Purib who arethe illegitimate offspring or are of a mixed union in which one of theparents is brahrmin and the other a khatri. No Brahmin will take food touchedby a Lejibat, Wurud or Purib. In the time of Zain-ul-abdin the Brahmins,who studied Persian and took to government service, were called Karkuns.With the advent of Sikh rule in 1819 A.D. some Karkuns began the studyof Sanskrit literature again, and they were called Pandits. Karkuns donot, intermarry with Bachabats. Those who are versed in astrology and drawup calendars, cast horoscopes and profess to prophecy future events, arecalled Jotshis. The priests, who preside over Shiva worship, are calledGurins. The Panyechh are those who receive alms and other offerings connectedwith funeral obsequies. Their office is legarded as derogatory by the Bachabatsas well as the Karkuns who, for this reason, look down on them and refuseto take food from their hands.
 
 

Bhanamasis
Gotras Surnames
Bhava KapishthalaKhoru, Zadu, Sibbu, Vantu, Chandra, Kalla, Khaibri,Lattu.
Bhava Kapishthal Aupamanyava Wanikhan. 
Bhuta Vatsya Aupamanyava Peshin.
Bhuta Vatsya Lauaakshi
Dar Bharadwaja Bangi, Dar, Jawansher, Misri, Parikala, QandahariThalatsur, Tritsha, Tshut, Turki, Uthu, Vichari, Waguzari.
Dar Varshaganya Bakhshi, Kachru, Safaya, Shali
Dar Wasak Shandilya Safaya.
Deva Bharadwaja Jatu, Khurdi, Sabani, Yachh, Zaru, Kallu.
Deva Vardhatta Shalan Kaushika Tsrungu. 
Deva Varshaganya Shandilya Safaya.
Datthtreya (Koul) Aima, Babu, Bamtsunt, Bamzai, Buju, Chowdhri,Dandar, Dangar, Drabi, Dout, Hak, Jalali, Jinsi, Jota, Kak, Keni, Kissu,Kothdar, Ladakhi, Mekhzin, Mandal, Moza, Muhtasib, Nagari, Padar, Pahalwan,Ratiz, Sahib, Shargha, Shoga, Singhari, Salman, Sultan, Tota, Ugra, Zamindar.
Kantha Dhaumyana Laugakshi Gautama Bandar, Breth, Hastiwal, Muhtasib, Kav, Razdan,Shah, Shair, Wangani, Wat, Zari.
Paldeva Vasagargya Pat, Kukru, Khoshu. Kav, Pir, Malla.
Pat Svamina Kaushika Amhardar, Bira, Braru, Chacha, Chaghat, Durani,Fotedar, Ganju, Jala, Kachru, Kalu, Khurdi, Kyani, Mam, Mattu, Misri, Pandit,Panzu, Salman, Shanglu Sulu, Teng, Tritshal, Unt, Vashnavi, Wufa, Wanchu,Waza, Zithu.
Pat Svamina Deva Ratra Parwara Pandit, Watal. 
Raj Kaushika Khod.
Svamina Bharadvaja Bazari, Garyali, Jan, Khar, Miskin, Miyan, Munshi,Tikku.
Svamina Gautama Gagar, Tava, Padora, Parimu, Keni, Kak, Razdan,Fehrist, Tarivala.
Svamina Gautama Laugakshi Fata.
Svamina Koshk Bharadwaja Bhatt, Kukru.
Svamina Maudgalya Lala, Kandar, Buni
Svamina Laugakshi Tur
Svamina Vasishtha Vatsya Laugakshi 
Svamina Was Atreya Thusu.
Shalan Kautsa Sharman Gusha Watsya Aupamanyava Tilwan Koul, Mukka.
Wasadeva Palagargya Bindri

 
Malmasis
Gotras Surnames
Atri Bhargaya Hapa
Artha Varshaganya Shandalya Choudhri
Bharadwaj
Bhava Atreya
Bhava Devalya
Bhava Kapishthala Kaushika Patar
Bhava Kapishthala Manana
Bhava Aupamanyava Variku
Bhuta Laugakshi Dhaumyayana Gautama
Bhuta Laugakshi Gautama
Bhuta Raja Laugakshi Dhaumyayana Gautama
Bhuta Aupamanyava Laugakshi
Bhuta Aupamanyava Shalan Kayana Giru
Bhuta Aupamanyava Vatsya Laugakshi Pishen
Bhuta Was Aupamanyava Laugakshi Peshen, Thakur, Zalpari
Dar Bharadwaja Paladev Vasagargya
Dar Dev Shalan Kapi Mota
Dar Dev Shalana Kaushika Muttu
Dar Dev Shalana Kuayana
Dar Kapisthala Lidi, Bhatt.
Dar Kapisthala Upamanuva Mich
Dar Shandalya Jogi
Dar Sharman Kautsa
Dipat Saman Aupamanyava Sapru
Dat Dat Shalan Kautsa Bhatt, Kasab, Khaumush, Malik
Dhaumyayana Razdan
Datta Kaushika
Dat Sharman Kantha Kashyapa Raina
Dat Varshaganya Sazawul
Dat Was Khari
Deva Bharadwaja Bhatt, Gadar, Kallu
Deva Bharadwaja Kaushika Deva
Deva Gargya Bhan
Deva Gautama Bhatt, Purbi
Deva Gautama Laugakshi Hakim
Deva Kaushika Bhatt
Deva Kantha Kashyapa Kar
Deva Kucha Atreya Badgami
Deva Kashyap Maudgalya Kashyap Bradi
Deva Laugakshi Mantapuri, Pandit
Deva Parashara Thogan, Tulsi, Yachh, Kak
Deva Patsvamina Aupamanyava Kaushika
Deva Patsvamina Koshk Kalpush
Deva Rishi Kaushika
Deva Svamina Gautama Kaushika Maudgalya
Deva Sharmanya Kautsa
Deva Shandalya Bataphalu, Karawani
Dev Svamina Maudgalya Bradi
Dev Chahanda Shandalya
Dev Aupamanyava Kalu, Khashu, Meva, Pandit
Dev Vasishta Bharadwaja
Dev Wasishta Shopuri, Hukku
Dev Vishamitra Varshaganya Kem, Vangar
Dev Wasishta Ukhlu
Ishwar Shandalya Kusha Nakhasi, Raval
Kautsa Atreya Bhatt
Kaushika Bhardwaja Bhatt, Nagari
Kanth Kasahap Bhatt, Dassu, Razdan, Tangan
Karchanda Shandale Chandru, Kar
Kara Shandalya Mantu
Kash Aupamanyava Bhatt
Mitra Atreya
Mitra Kaushika
Mitra Kashyapa Handu
Mitra Shandalya Bhatt
Mitra Svamina Kaushika Atreya Said
Nanda Kaushika Bharadwaja Pandit
Nanda Kotsa
Nanda Koshk Bhatt
(Deva) Parashara Yechh
Paladeva Vasgargya Bangru, Bakaya, Kadalabuju, Khashu, Kichlu, Kokru,Mala, Mam, Mirakhur, Misri, Munga, Pir, Put, Sopuri-Pandit
Raj Dat Atreya Shalan Kautsa Bhatt
Raj Bhut Logaskhi Deval Bhan
Ratra Bhargava Zitshoo, Chacha
Raj Dhattatreya Partazi
Ratna Kucha
Raj Kaushika Hakachar
Rishi Kaushika Kashgari
Raj Kautsa
Rishi Kavigargya Zaru
Ratna Maudgalya
Rama Ratra Vishwamitra Agastya
Rama Ratra Vishwamitra Vasishta
Raj Shandalya Duru
Raj Soma Shandale
Ratra Varshaganya Kotar
Raj Vasisht Shunglu
Ratra Vishwamitra Agastya Aupamanyava
Ratra Vishwamitra Vasishta Trakari
Ratra Vishwamitra Agastya Mattu
Sharman Atreya Gaddu
Sharman Bharadwaja Bhatt
Shandalya Bharadwaja Bhatt
Sharman Kautsa Bhatt, Mogal, Sav, Thela
Sharman Kanth Kashyapa
Shalan Kayana Atreya
Sharman Kaushika
Sharman Shandalya
Shila Shandalya
Soma Gargya
Shandalya
Soma Shandalya
Soma Vatsa Gargya
Svamina Atreya Chaka, Handu, Gadwali, Kala, Shal, Sikh
Svamina Bhargava Bali, Battiv
Svamina Bharadwaja Khar, Kutsru
Svamina Bharadwaja Vatsa Atreya
Svamina Bharadwaja Kaushika Vatsa
Svamina Bharadwaja Vas Atre Kalu
Svamina Bharadwaja Kaushika
Svamina Bharadwaja Shandalya
Svamina Bharadwaja Kaushika
Svamina Bharadwaja Dhuni, Kashypa, Gautama, LaugakshiDivali
Svamina Deva Gargya
Svamina Gargya Machama
Svamina Gautama Bazaz, Badam, Charangu, Chillum, Gurut, Kak,Khosa, Kakapuri, Labru Langer, Manwotu, Naqib, Padora, Piala, Qazi, Razdan,Thalatsur, Thapal, Zari
Svamina Gautama Atreya Shalan Kucha Raina
Svamina Gan Kaushika Padi
Svamina Gotam Bharadwaja Kemdal, Karihalu
Svamina Gotam Laugakshi Choku, Chhotu, Turi
Svamina Gotam Shandalya Labru, Razdan
Svamina Gotam Kaushika
Svamina Gotam Shalan Kucha Atreya Razdan
Svamina Gotam Gosh Vas Aupamanyava Chakan
Svamina Gotam Atreya Tsul
Svamina Gotam Shalan Kucha
Svamina Hasya Dvaseya Khanakatu
Svamina Kaushika Thakur, Watal
Svamina Kantha Kashyapa Labru
Svamina Laugakshi
Svamina Maudgalya Bhuni, Chana, Dewani, Galikrapa, Kanth, Khazanchi,Mazari, Muj, Madan, Mushran, Put, Shora Taku, Zahi, Razdan, Zitu, Zotan
Svamina Maudgalya Parashara
Svamina Parashara
Svamina Rishi Kanya Gargya Koul (Kulin)
Svamina Rishi Kanya Vatsya
Svamina Shandalya Bhatt, Bakhshi, Nari
Svamina Aupamanyava Gigu
Svamina Kautsa Atreya
Svamina Vasishta
Svamina Vasishta Bharadwaja Bhatt, Handu, Hukhu
Svamina Vaaa Gulak
Svamina Vara Mitra Vatsya Guna Kaushika
Svamina Vasa Gargya Langer, Sum
Svamina Vatsya
Svamina Vas Atreya Ghasi, Thusu, Waza
Svamina Vatsya Aupamanyava Bhatt, Wallu
Svamina Warshaganya Chothai; Duda, Hangal, Kathju, Lange, Kasid
Svamina Was 
Chhanda Shandalya
Varshayani Barbuz, Karnel
Vatsya Atreya
Vatsya Gusha Aupamanyava Pandit
Vishnu Bharadwaja
Vishnu Gargya
Vishnu Shaunaka
Vasishta Svamina Maudgalya Bhandari
Vasa Aupamanyava Laugakshi
Wasishta Bhatt, Rangateng
Wasishta Dhatta Shalana Kucha 
Wardhatta Shalana Kucha Muki
Wata Shalana Kucha

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