Anavils
Ahir (Ayar)
Bhil
Charan
Dubala
Jain
Kangashiya
Kapols
Kathi
Khoja
Kharwa-Khalsi
Koli
Lohanas
Mussalmans
Mer
Miyana
Nat-Bajaniya
Naagar
Padhar
Parsis
Patanvadia
Patidars (Patel)
Rajputs
Rabaris
Sindhis
Sidi
Targala - Bhavaya
Vanzara
Vadi
Vaghari
Vankar
Vohras

  

India has welcomed number of races and religions and accepted their people without reservations. Even the aggressors and invaders have made it their home. Only the atrocious rulers have been rejected. People have come to India either in-groups or as individuals or as representatives and settled hare forever. They no more remained guests to this land with the passage of time. Almost all such races or communities became indecisive part of the Indian community, preserving their separate identity. The principle of peaceful co-existence flourished in every age.
        The Parsi community came in India in similar compelled them to look to India fashion. A turn of the history for a shelter. They were not known to India, yet they were accorded a warm welcome. They no more remained guests to this land. The Parsis became true Indians. They mixed with the people here, observed and understood their culture and customs and established a bond of everlasting relationship with this country.
        The Pundits differ about the exact year in which the Parsis set their foot on the Indian soil. After the Muslim invasion in Iran, it was impossible for the Paris to maintain detailed historical record of their community. The Muslim invasion had created several problems for them. The Paris, besides saving lives, had to defend their religion. Their main problem was to preserve and protect the ‘Atash’ (Holy fire). The invading Arbas had set fire to the ‘Atash Behrams’ of Parsis and burnt them down. They were being persecuted and compelled to embrace Islam.
        The only was the Parsis could save their religion was to leave Iran and settle at a safer place. For nearly a hundred years they took shelter in the mountains of Khorasan, but the chasing the Muslim invaders forced them to leave off the Khorasan Mountains.
        Those were the days of great hardship and mental torture for the Parsis. Basically delicate in nature and physique, the Parsis had to pass went on wandering from one place to another to save themselves and to defend their religion. Naturally, the detailed record of the history of their migration and miseries could not be kept. That history remained in the blood of the Parsis. It was obvious that in such a situation, many stories, tales and legends could be treated as part of the history. At least, that much is confirmed that they took shelter in the mountain of Khorasan for nearly a hundred years.
        At last, according to historians, they left Iran and reached the port of Diu by sea in the year 785 A.D. The Parsis were conversant with the Indian topography because of there past business association with India. The 19-year period that they spent in Diu was also turbulent.
        After the Muslims, it was the turn of the Portuguese to attack and persecute them. Again, they left Diu and sailed to the port of Sanjan in the South Gujarat. During those days a king named Jadi Rana ruled over Sanjan. The Parsis sent one of their learned chiefs to the Rana as ensure and sought his permission to settle to Sanjan. After exchange of some promises were allowed to permanently settle there. They established their first ‘Atash Behram’ at Sanjan. The entire episode covering the Parsis arrival at Sanjan and the subsequent happenings have been mentioned in poem titled ‘Kisse Sanjan’ by Dastur Behram Kekobad of Navsari.