Ahir Tribe

Ahir Tribe

In the vicinity of the Satapar Village, Anjar (District Kutch) we documented the culturally distinct ethnic group, the Ahir Community. Ahirs are regarded as the people of Lord Krishna. One could find a mention of the ‘Ahirs’ in the various devotional songs sung in the praise of Lord Krishna. It is said that the community travelled from Gokul to Anjar with the Lord himself. To keep up the connection with their lord, Ahirs pompously celebrate ‘Janmashtami’ every year as their main festival followed by Diwali and other festivals. They exchange greetings by saying ‘Radhe Radhe’. Traditionally, they are pastoralists but with changing times, they are moving to other jobs and exploring further avenues. This shift has also led to a drastic change in their lifestyle but still, they have held strong to their traditional belief system. Their rituals and other festivities and important occasions such as marriage are till date guided with by their traditional belief systems. For example, all marriages among the Ahirs happen on the auspicious day of ‘Teras Andari’, a single Pandal is set for all the marriages happening in the community. The single day wedding practice is strictly among the community.
Ahir women are recognized for their unique craftsmanship in creating the ‘Soi Bharat’ embroidery style. The woman of the house is responsible for weaving and embordering the clothing for the entire family. Young girls learn this art from their mother.