Khangar (India) – Pop. 201.404
They prefer to call themselves Kshatriya Khangar and are widely distributed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar. Bun-delkhand was their homeland from where they migrated to the neighbouring areas. They still have a large population in that area. The Khangar claim a Rajput-Kshatriya status and trace their descent from Khet Singh and Bhopat Singh of the Grah Kundal princely estate of Tikamgarh (Russell & Hiralal 1916). They have synonyms like Khengor, Khangaor, Khand, Rawet, Kharwel, Roy, Khangar, Kotwar, Kotpal, Gohanja, Thakur, Khandowar, Khangar or Rao Khangad. The term Khengar has been derived from kheng and dhoran meaning sword-holder or sword-bearer. They were considered very brave and were employed by the local chiefs. ‘They were landless labourers, servants, village watchmen and prone to commit thefts and burglaries’ (Crooke 1896). In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Khangar are notified as a scheduled caste.
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In Uttar Pradesh, the Khangar claim to be the original inhabitants of Bundelkhand and were the Rajput of the Khangar sept. Roy, Singh and Khangar are used as their titles as well as their surnames. They speak Bundeikhandi at home, but they are also conversant with Hindi and use the Devanagari script.
See information on the Kshatriya Khangar site www.kshatriyakhangar.in