Thakur (title)

Thakur or Thakore (Sanskrit: ठक्कुर) is a feudal title and a surname used by various communities in India and Nepal. The word Thakur means lord, god or master,[1][2] It is derived from the Sanskrit word thākura meaning deity, idol, chief or man of rank.[3][4] Hindu god, Dharma Thakur is worshipped in the Rarh region folklore.[5][6] The title was used by rulers of several princely states including Ambliara, Vala, Morbi, and Varsoda.

In the zamindari system, Brahmins & Rajput Thakurs were landlords who used to collect revenue in their jagir (feudatory estate).[7] As Thakurs were a royal sub-caste of Rajputs, the Central-Eastern part of Northern India comprising Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Bihar choose to resemble Thakur as their caste.

The title had a loftier compound variant: Thakur Sahib.

A Thakur's (e)state, called Thakorate,[8] reached salute state rank in the British Empire of India. The Thakore Sahib of Dhrol,[9] Thakore Sahib of Limbdi,[10] Thakore Sahib of Palitana and Thakore Sahib of Rajkot[11] were recognised with hereditary 9-guns salutes. While the Thakur Shaib of Gondal had an 11-guns salute.

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  1. Page 915, Yule, Henry. Hobson-Jobson: A glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases... London: J. Murray, 1903.
  2. "Thakur Name Meaning". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  3. Retrieved on 2013-09-21 from Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit by Klaus Glashoff.
  4. "Thakur". Every Culture. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  5. Inc, Merriam-Webster (1999-01-01). Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions. Merriam-Webster. ISBN 9780877790440.
  6. "Dharma-Thakur | Indian deity". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  7. Powell, Baden Henry Baden (2015-09-27). "Full Text". The Land-Systems of British India, Vol. 1: Being a Manual of the Land-Tenures and of the Systems of Land-Revenue Administration Prevalent in the Several Provinces. Forgotten Books. ISBN 9781331559207.
  8. "Agarsingji Raisingji vs Bai Naniba on 9 April, 1914". Indian Kanoon. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  9. Wright, Colin. "DHROL: Jai Singh, Thakur Sahib of Dhrole (1824-1886).". British Library. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  10. Rathore, Abhinay. "Limbdi (Princely State)". Rajput Provinces of India. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  11. Strathcarron, Ian (2013-07-24). The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisited. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486315805.

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