The Ghirth also known as Bahti/Changh in Punjab are a Hindu agricultural caste found in the state of Himachal Pardesh in North India. They are also known as the Chaudhary. In customs and manners, they are similar to the Kanet, another Hindu cultivating caste found in the same region.Ghirth belong to hypogynous system. They are believed to have Rajput origin but became separate caste as they started widow remarriage and agriculture. According to folk etymology, the name came from Ghrith, the Sanskrit word for Ghee (clarified butter), from which the God Shiva is said to have made them.In Hoshiarpur they are known as Bahti and Chang. The Ghirth are concentrated in the Kangra region, as well as the neighboring Una and Hamirpur districts. They are considered to be the earliest settlers of Kangra, Jammu and nearby areas, and many of them own huge tracts of land. Originally Rajputs (ruling over the area) they were later subjugated and became farmers. They are currently found largely in the lower hills, leaving higher regions to the Brahmins and Rajputs.
Many scholars consider the Ghirth to be Jats This is supported by the fact that during the initial days of Sikhism and even well into the late 1800s, the eldest sons of many Ghirth families became Sikh warriors, a common practice among Jats. A large number of Ghirth currently serve in the defence forces.
The community has several large subgroups, the largest ones being the Kandal, Khadwal, Khatte, Bhanwal, Rana ,Rehalia, Pathari, Chhabru, Reru, Badial, Chhora, Bhattu, Chandwal, Palyal, Panjla, Dhebra, Sadal, Duckwal, Sartan, Pooner, Bakraalu,Sakain, Pathade. Most of the subgroups are named after the villages in which they live, or their occupation.\
The Ghirth culture is similar to that of other Himachal communities. They mainly worship Hindu gods and goddesses. Jakh (a form of the god Shiva) and Nag (the snake) are also worshipped. Goats are sacrificed during harvest time.
Ear piercing is an essential ritual for men, lest their sacred offerings to God be rejected. This is most important during rituals involving the death of family members, such as mukhagni (the lighting of the funeral pyre) and pind-daan during shraddha (the yearly remembrance ritual for dead family members).
The Hindu law of inheritanceis followed. Property is equally shared among children, even including adopted children.
Girth is Known As Bahti In Punjab
The Bahti caste is an agricultural caste found in the State of Himachal Pradesh in India, particularly in Una district ; in the Punjab district of Hoshiarpur; in the region of Nangal, Haryana and in some parts of Rajasthan and Delhi
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