Mahuri Vaisya, based on their family
lore, tradition, and historical evidences, trace their
roots to an ancient and distant past - to the period
of the Puranas, as also to the golden era of
India, that is, the period of the Mauryas and
the Guptas. Our ancient ancestors lived in the
forest hamlets around the regions of Mathura, Vrindavan
and Gokul. In reverence to our origin in those forest
hamlets there, Mahuri Vaisya as a faithful community
with deep ethical values and religious outlook continue
to revere Mother Goddess Mathurasini Devi (an
aspect of the Goddess Shakti) as their supreme
the near term, our ancestry is traceable to at least
500 years from the time of the consolidation of North
India under the Mughal rule (16th century) when the
caravan routes had become safer and our ancestors commenced
coming from Mathura-Vrindavan-Gokul regions to
the Suba-e-Bengal, one of the most prosperous provinces
of that period. In the early part of the 18th century,
when the disintegration of the Mughal Empire set forth
and the trade routes became unsafe and targets of the
Pindari marauders, a number of our ancestors chose to
permanently settle in the regions around Bihar Shariff,
a major commercial and political center of that time
and presently located in the Indian state of Bihar.
Such waves of migration continued for several decades
bringing in a large number of families from the regions
around Mathura to Bihar Shariff and the adjoining areas.
Concurrently, a number of families had already settled
permanently in different locations of the fertile belt
of Magadha, on the south of the Indo-Gangetic plains,
in central Bihar and continued to engage in trade, commerce
and other economic activities. Such waves of migration
had continued for several decades, and over a period
of time spanning several decades, the holy and the heritage
city of Gaya, one among the seven holiest cities
of the Hindus, emerged as the social and cultural capital
of Mahuri Vaisya.
India’s First War of Independence (1857-1858), a large
number of Mahuri Vaisya has reached the hinterland and
the deeper recesses of the northern part of Chotanagpur
plateau, currently a part of the Indian state of
Jharkhand. The dawn of the 20th century saw
a number of Mahuri Vaisya families to move eastward
to West Bengal and southward to Orissa. In the meanwhile,
on account of initiatives of several social leaders
of Mahuri Vaisya community, a social renaissance was
slowly taking shape. These initiatives resulted into
heightened awareness and higher level of education.
This sharpened the pioneering spirit and the ingrained
dynamism of Mahuri people to seek newer avenues of expressing
themselves in fields other than their traditional forte
of trade and commerce. By that time, a class of knowledge
based professionals have emerged who engaged themselves
in mining and industry, government and
semi-government employment, and several other knowledge
based professions. This social renaissance also resulted
into hundreds of families of Mahuri Vaisya to settle
in large metropolis of India, namely, Kolkatta, Mumbai,
and New Delhi, and several other big and small cities
and towns of India. By the late-20th century, the pioneering
spirit of the educated elite of the community had taken
them to several parts of the world, and by the beginning
of the third millennia, Mahuri Vaisya families were
located, even though in small number, in several continents
and in almost all the time zones across the globe.
In Srimad Bhagvat Purana mainly devoted to the lilas of Krishna, reference to our ancestors appears in a particular context. Our ancestors were originally located in the hinterland of Mathura-Vrindavan-Gokul regions, from where they are believed to have fanned out to several other locations in north India and developed as , retaining the word and a number of such families reached the Suba-e-Bengal in the early part of the 18th century.
Vaisya folks are reported to have migrated from the
city of Mathura and surrounding rural locations to the
then suba-e-Bengal which was under the Mughal Empire.
As a faithful community, the Mahuri Vaisya folks
still continue to worship Mata
Mathurashani Devi, an incarnation of Shakti,
as their family deity.
Although Mahuri folks have been coming to places in the suba-e-Bengal during the heyday of the Mughal Empire (around 500 years before) for trade and commerce, the large waves of migrations reportedly took place around 250 years before. Scores of families reached the place known as Biharsharif located in the present day state of Bihar, India. Over a period of several decades that followed the large scale migrations from Mathura, the Mahuri Vaishya folks reached the hinterland of Chotanagpur plateau and got located in a number of villages.
Before this, they have already settled in several fertile locations of the areas of the Magadh. Ultimately, the heritage city of Gaya, in several senses, emerged as the “capital city” of all the Mahuri Vaisya folks. From the early 20th Century, several mahuri families migrated to the places located in the present day states of the West Bengal and Orissa . By the end of the last century, the dynamism of the Mahuri Vaishya took them to several part of India, particularly to the metropolitan cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Now, Mahuri Vaisya families may be found, albeit in a very small number, in almost all the time zones across the globe. A number of them have also shed their traditional vocation of trade and commerce and are engaged in a variety of professions.
Although the history of Mahuri Vaisya is traceable to a very near term to hardly 3 centuries or so, the family folklores of Mahuri people as well as certain mythological and historical evidences suggest that roots of the Mahuri Vaisya (not necessarily with the same name “mahuri”) may be traced back to two millennia before - even to the period of the Mauraya and the Gupta empires.