Introduction / History
There are many stories behind the orgination and about the existence of seervi (Khardia) Rajputs. It is also said that this community had shifted its base or its work due to wars many times. One school of thought says that the "Seervi" (Khardiya) caste is a warrior race originating from Rajput (Kshatiya) Community from Junagarh in Gujarat. During the 12th cebtury, there were many fierce battles took place between them and the King of Girinar in which many lives were lost.
The remaning warriors gave-up their arms and migrated to Jalore in Rajputana sector. As they came from "Khari-Khabar" region of Gujrat. They were later called as Kharadia Rajputs. Actually "Seervi" means partner. After migration, this Rajput community started farming with the partnership of local farmers and the permission of King "Kahanar Dev" as a profession along with a condition to deposit the 9th part of their production in the king's treasury. That is why this community had been named as "Seervi Kharadia". The King settled them in 24 different villages of Jalore which actualy became their "Gotras".
One historian, namely Munshi Devi Prashad, in his 1891 report "Mardamshumari Marwar" says that Kharadia Rajputa were the actual rulers of Jalore and because of Khari region they were called Kharadia Rajput. The King Kahanar Dev was one of them and was a Chauhan Rajput.
When "Allaha-Udin Khilji" attacked Jalore, King Kahanar Dev fought bravely but due to lack of sophisticated weapons and smaller army he was defeated. Again remaining Rajputs shifted to other places like Pali and Jodhpur where the opportunity to cultivate was available near the Luni river.
Later, Seervis became the followers of "JIJI" who launched a cult of "Aie Panth" during Vikrimi Samvat 1472 (Year 1325) , reached Godwad and Marwar region and gave a thread with 11 knots (Symbolized as the 11th Rules) as "Deeksha" to them. She appointed "Goyn das" grant son Seervi Ganauji Rathore her first "Deewan" during Vikrimi Samvat 1521 (Year 1374).
Generally, Seervis are the followers of "Aie Panth", Thul Panth and Sencha-Bhagat. The Aie Panth followers Tie the thread with 11 knots in their hand and buried their dead, wherearas the followers of Thul Panth do not tie the thread and buried there dead after the death. However, Sencha Bhagat follows both the rules along with their own system.
Seervis were honest and a hard working people, that is why they gain the respect and help of the surrounding people where they try to establish themselves.
|Profile Source: Manohar Seervi|