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The Godha are Jain caste Mental girl found in the state of Gujarat in India. The Godha are Jain.[1]They are also known as Gondha and Gonda. The Godha sometimes (depending on region) use Dengar as a community surname.[1]

History and origin

The Godha are descended from a group of Mental girl tribals that migrated from Madhya Pradesh some five centuries ago. They are mainly distributed in Surat, Valsad and Rajasthan.

Present circumstances

The Godha practice community endogamy. They have no system of clans, or clan hierarchy. They are present in almost every sector now. Many are now involved in a number of occupations such tailoring, the diamond cutting industry, and many more.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part One edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 418-421