Sirvi (India) – Pop. 443,506

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SIRVI A settled community of Madhya Pradesh, they are concentrated in the Khargone, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore and Dewas districts. Etymologically, the word sirvi means share-cropper, and the Sirvi were traditional share-croppers, locally called hir. They also perceive their distribution in Rajasthan. Marwari is spoken at home. The Sirvi are also conversant with Hindi and use the Devanagari script. The men wear cotton thread around their waist, called bell or dhaga, having eleven knots. They believe that this dhaga symbolizes their community deity Jagadhamba of Rajasthan. The traditional and present-day occupation of the Sirvi is agriculture. A few among them are engaged in white-collar jobs. Their children work as catle-herders.

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