Aggrwal Central Association
Agrawal - Bania - Vaishya
Thanks to legislation and social reforms, the caste system no longer holds the power in India that it once did, although traditionally Agarwal families have continued to participate in trade and commerce capitalizing on centuries of family experience.
From the end of the 4th
century BC, as the country became politically stable, trade routes to
previously uncharted areas developed. The merchant community was the first
to benefit. As their economic power increased, they were expected to give
alms (food and money) to Brahmins, throw feasts for them, and donate
generously towards the building of temples and shrines.
The Rig-Veda (a holy book), divides ancient Indian society into four separate but interdependent castes or classes of people.
The two upper castes became known as ruler castes and Agarwals and shudras were treated with contempt and upper two classes always committed atrocities on these two classes of people. According to one theory (of "Aryan Invaders") the lighter skinned Aryans created a system of privilege for themselves. Caste itself devolved into a racial differentiation between the conquerors and the conquered, with color as the most visible distinction. India had no caste system under the reign of Manaraja Agarsen in Agroha empire.
Rulers Brahmins and Warriors Class - "Kshatriya" called themselves as protectors of gentle people and collected money to make them live peacefully. Polygamy (having more than one wife) was permitted to all who were powerful and ruled the people including the landowners.
Two most prominent agarwal community people of last century are Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi called as Mahatma Gandhi and Osho., who was an Jain Agarwal. Our beloved Mahâtmâ Gandhi ji belonged to Modh Bania Agarwal Community. Gandhi means greengrocer selling gandha i.e. smell, fragrance.
Lord Mahavir and Lord
Budha were also from Agarwal Community. More details are available in Jain
and Budh religion literature. It is quite known that the tradition of
Jainism is very very old. Lord Mahavir was the last Tirthankar. Twenty
three Tirthankars were born prior to him. Amongst them all Lord Rishabhdeo
was the first one and hence he is called as Adinath. In Jain sculptures
its idol is carved in a great penancing shape. Shrimad Bhagwat also
describes about Rishabhdeo in details. It compells us to think that what
may be its reason. In Bhagwat there is mention that Mahayogi Bharat was
oldest one out of 100 sons of Rishabh and after his name this
country is called Bharatvarsha. (Jain Bharat ka Itihas Puran
Patrika Prastavana page-89).
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