Hazari

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Hazari Caste: Hazari is one of the castes or social groups in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, predominantly present in areas Warangal, Karimnagar,Hyderabad and Nizambad. Hazaris regard Telugu as their mother tongue.

Hazaris traditionally belonged to the class of warriors and feudal landlords, who had links to all the major ruling dynasties of South India like Madurai Nayak, Chalukya, Chola, Kakatiya and Vijayanagar.They have the caste titles Naidu, Rao which indicate their feudal and warrior past.
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Origin:
The earliest occurrence of ‘Hazaris’ in inscriptions dates between 11th and 13th Centuries during the reign of Kakatiyas

Some sources establish their links with Madhura Dynasty and its ruler Vishwanatha Naidu

Etymology:
Hazaris-Hazari-Hazar-Sanskrit word for thousand/Hindi word

History:

Hazari is the prestigious title conferred upon to supervise 1000 warriors during the Kakatiya Dynasty period.Most of the Hazaris are Zamindars and landlords from Kaktiya period till the modern era.

According to the Yellapu history it clarifies that many Yellapus in the warangal and Nalgonda district have got the status of Hazari or more. It is based on the decimal system. In this one leader of soldier leads the military in the multiples of 10 basing on the assignment of land given to them.

Eventually some of the Hazaris are again divided into Naidus as time passed.Most of the Hazaris lived in the Eastern part of Warangal.Hazaris were highly influenced people during the 19th century they were involved in Building schools, recreation clubs and theaters.originated from Kapus. Also most of the contemporary hazaris are mixed into Munnuru kapu.

In Karimnagar and Nizambad Hazaris are referred as Yellapu

Over the years this clan has dwindled in numbers due to lack of unity or merging into other communities. This clan over the years dispersed widely, reclined its power, yet lived with pride, what they carry among themselves as wealth and power.

Hazaris are kshatriya warriors. Kshatriya is one of the four varnas (social orders) in Hinduism. It constitutes the military and ruling order of the traditional Vedic-Hindu social system as outlined by the Vedas and the Laws of Manu. However some sources also argue Hazaris having common origin with Reddy as both emerged from Kapu

Hazaris were Senapathis, Sainyadhikaris, Supreme warriors & Kings. They were also kings sourrounding the main kingdom. They were often been called as “Kind Hearted Rulers”. They were part of battles as Kshatriyas and fought fearless till death

The famous, colossal Ratham(Chariot) on the Govinda Rajula Gutta which was made of precious material was built by the Hazaris in Warangal

 

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