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Garasias are a Rajput tribe mainly inhabiting in the southern parts of Rajasthan such as Mount Abu, Kota and Udaipur. According the legend Garasias are descendents from the Chauhan Rajputs of south-west Rajasthan.

Garasias have an extra ordinary custom of marriage; their marriage usually takes place through elopement along with Gaur Fair, celebrated in March during full moon day. The bride’s father offers a bride price to the groom after the elopement.

The Garasias celebrate Nat, a feast of honor for their dead. It is usually performed only on Mondays and a stone memorial called Sura is erected after the cremation.

The religious practices of Garasias are similar to that of Hindus and they are governed by a Panchayat of five Patels or Judges.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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