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For other uses, see Bhandari (disambiguation).

Bhandari or Bhandary is a surname found in various Hindu castes and communities in India and Nepal.

Etymology and distribution

The original ethnicity of Bhandari may be in dispute depending on whether the family name came in to being naturally and independently in various locales; e.g. in the case of names that come from a professional trade, which can come into being in multiple places independently. One theory suggests Bhandari comes from Sanskrit bhạ̄ṇdā(gā)rika ‘treasurer’, ‘keeper of a storehouse’, from bhạ̄ṇdā(gā)ra ‘treasury’ or ‘storehouse’.[1] Alternatively, Bhandari is said to be derived from Marathi world bhạ̄ṇdā, meaning a vessel.[2] Bhandari caste in coastal Maharashtra traditionally engaged in seafaring and ship building and hence derived their name.

Bhandari as a surname is found in enponymous caste from western coastal India, Oswal Jains of Rajasthan, Khatris of Punjab.[3] In Nepal, Bhandari is a title adopted as a surname mostly by Chhetris and sometimes Bahuns.


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