is a word combined with two independent words-vagh
means tiger and Ari means enemy. Vaghari means the
enemy of the tiger. The Vaghari community was known
for the skill in hunting. Vaghari used to wander in
forests, obtained honey form the honeycombs, killed
the flying birds and hunted the wild animals like
tiger. These hunters were the protectors of human
being form the wild animals at one time. The society
respected them for their obligation. They used to live
in tent like dwellings on the outskirts of the
to gather honey, herbal drugs and useful plants from
the forests and provided to the society. That helped
their own well being too. They still carry on this
trade. They also deal in living creatures like rabbits
and geese. Their main occupation these used to brush
the teeth, preparing the grinding stones, repairing of
tin utensils, sellings vessels for old and worn-out
clothes as well as cane-work.
Vedvaghari, one of the sub-castes of Vaghari community
mainly deals in oxen. Their life style is similar to
the life style of marvadi culture.
Vaghari are tall, thin and strong built. The male
members of the community wear breeches in Saurashtra
and short dhoti or trousers in Gujarat. Their shirts
are with long sleeves and at times they wear old and
worn-out coat too. They cover the head with colouring
cloth. The Vagharis hardly stitch their torn clothes.
They use old shoes. Some of the Vagharis youths love
to wear a simple bracelet like anklet.
Vaghari women dress up in large-sized petticoat,
blouse and a short saree celled chundadi. The Vaghari
women in Saurashtra wear thepada, jimi and a thin
cloth on the head. Their ornaments included small
nose-rings; thick-wire necklace called hansadi and
thick bangles in hand.