Rabaris are often devout Hindus but many follow the Sikh religion. Keeping animals is considered a pious occupation and Rabaris see themselves primarily as custodians of grazing animals during their moral existence, rather than their owners. It is also their beliefs that the Mother Goddess presides over them. Her advice is taken about when to start out migration and animals are commended to her care. Rabari clans are called nakhs, and are further sub-divided into shakhs "branches". Rabaris claim descent from Rajput clans such as the Rathore, Solanki, Bhati, Paramara, Chauhan, Tanwar and Ponwar. James Tod specifically places them as Bhati rajputs descedants of the seventh wife (Bhadra) of the prophet Kirshana. Part of Large Family
Rabaris are mainly dependent on milk profession. Other communities like them are identified by different names in different regions of the country like Maldhari, Dhanger, Gowda etc. The only commonality is the profession of cattle raising. They are living in different parts of India for millennia. While Rabari are comparatively recent migrant. They are the part of Huns (Hunas). Other tribe each claim different origin. An...