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  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 family deity.

In 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.

Before 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.

Mahuri 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.

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