Mumbai Mahawar Vaish

History of Mahawar Vaish

About Mahawar Vaish

Mahawar Vaish is the best class of Baniya /Vaishya (Business class) as evident from name MAHA + WAR which indicated Great + Businessman.

Belongs to Caste

Mahawar Vaish is a category of Marwari Bania caste of the Hindu religion.

Existence of Mahawars

Mahawars has history as old as Lord Krishna, as there are many historic evidence exists for the existence of Mahawars during Lord Krishna's time both while in Mathura UP and in Dwarika Gujarat.
Some of the famous Mahawars in the History includes Great donor Mr. BhamaShah without whose help Proud of Rajasthan, great emperor Maharana Pratap could not win the war against Mughal king Akbar.
Mostly based in:

  • Alwar and Jaipur District of Rajasthan
  • Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh
  • Mandi Govind Garh in Punjab
  • Rewari of Haryana
  • Also across India and abroad


They believe in Hinduism, Vaishnav and Sanatan Dharma and called Vaishnav Bania.


They are devotees of Krishna and other Hindu gods.

Preferred Food

They are strict vegetarian in food habit and avoid consuming alcohol.

Surname Used

They generally use Gupta as their surname; other surnames include Bachlas, Mawal, Data, Gigras, Soni, Mahajan, Modi & other clan names and sometimes Mahawar also.

Gupta Surname

The name Gupta is derived from Sanskrit word Goptri, meaning ‘protector’ or ‘governor’.
Gupta is a common surname has been adopted by different communities across India (Northern and Eastern) irrespective of their caste. In Northern part of India, Vaish communities mainly use the surname Gupta, who are particularly belonging to below listed sub castes

  • Mahawar
  • Agarwal
  • Mahajan
  • Khandelwal
  • Maheshwari
  • Rauniyar
  • Mahur
  • Tailik(Teli)
  • Barnwal
  • Kanu
  • Jaishwal
  • Patwa
  • Kasuadhan
  • Lashkari
  • Mathur Vaishya

Also, in other parts of India, some other communities had adopted and use the surname Gupta, they are as below:

  • In West Bengal, the Guptas belong to the Vaidya / Baidya (physician) community and are related to other Vaidya communities of Bengal, those communities are Sengupta and Dasgupta.
  • Tailik Vaish (Teli) also uses the Gupta surname
  • Gomathis and Chettys (Andhra Pradesh) also use Guptha added along with a surname
  • Like Gomathis, who are of Dravidian descent, Kayasthas also use the title Guptha

Other Communities

There is another community which also used surname as Mahawar and known as Mahawar Koli. The Mahawar Koli are mainly found in Rajasthan in cities like

  • Jaipur
  • Kota
  • Sawaimadhopur
  • Dausa
  • Alwar
  • Kaurali
  • Bharatpur