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Garha

Summary
Garha (also spelled Gaur, Gaud, Gour, Gada or Gauri) are a Muslim community (or caste) found in the Indian states of Delhi NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttarakhand. History and origin The Garha have 51 sub-divisions, known as biradari. Some of these are based on territorial groupings and some on the sects and castes they belonged prior to their conversion to Islam. Their main biradari is the Gaur Brahmin. Some Garha sub-groups descent from the Gaur (Clan) of Rajput. But most of Gada groups are descent from the Gaur Brahmin community, and Garha is the khadi boli transformation of the original Sanskrit word "Gauda" which means "fair one" an allusion to the learnedness and high status. Some Garha Biradari sub-groups also descent from the tribe of Muhammad Ghouri or Muhammad of Ghor. They merged with the Gaur Muslims through marriage and political alliance and use surname Ghouri or Gouri and Ghazi. Thus it can be concluded that Gaur Muslim
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