Durgbansi. Also known by the following names:
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Durgbansi - A brief history
This history has been collated by Thakur Arvind Singh - and subsequently replicated in wikipedia. I requiest future editors of the widepedia article to give due credit to this website for information gathered hereunto.
A kshatriya clan whose origins date to the medeival periods in Hindustani history. The exact origins are sketchy, with the roots being debated as being from modern day Rajasthan, Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh.
Currently, this sparse clan resides in eastern Uttar Pradesh, distributed in Jaunpur, and neighbouring areas. Here is some information gleaned from historical documentation:
Traditional origins and history.
This clan is a sub division of the Dikshits. It claims descent from the surajbans kings of Ajudhya. At a remote period a cadet of the fmily name Durg Bhao, is said to have emigrated to Guzerat, where his descendents tool the title of Durgbansi. Ie children of Durg. Several generations later, one of the chieftains named Kalyan Sah, received the title of Dikhit (q.v.), which thenceforth becoame the tribal name. About 550 years ago, a number of Dikhit adventurers entered the service of Muhammad Tughlak and settled in Oudh. About a century later their descendants were invited by the Muhammadan authorities to expelthe Bhars from Jaunpur. Their efforts were completely successful, and shortly afterwards this section of the clan reverted to its old name of Durgbansi, in honor of one of Durg Sahai, one of its principal leaders. It is stated that the title of Raja was conferred on Harku Rai, their elected chief by Emperor Akbar, in recognition of the valour dispalyed by the clan at a great tournament held at Allahabad. In the 18th century the Drigbansis were deprived of their possessions by Balwant Singh, the Raja of Benaras, but regained them through the annexation of the district by the British.Litigation and extravagance led to the loss of most of their ancestral domains, and by the time of the mutiny the Dirgbasi raja was in very reduced circumstances. From his antecedants, poverty, and relationship to the famous rebel Koer Singh, he might well have been tempted to rebellion: but on the contrary he behaved with conspicuous loyalty, and was rewarded with considerable estates and a title.
Dirgbansis are found chiefly in the Jaunpur District of the North West Provinces. They have a male population of 7600.
The clan is addicted to Shakta worship and pays special reverance to Durga. Like the Dikhits the Dirgbansis belong to the Kassyap gotra.
Dirgbansis contract marriages with members of the following clans:
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