SOMVANSHI KSHATRIYA PATHARE COMMUNITY

Somvanshi Kshatriya Pathare (SKP) community is one of the few original residents of Mumbai……… Somvanshi literally means Descendants of the Moon……. They were highly educated and great philanthropists……. SKPs were very progressive in their outlook……. They promoted widow remarriage at a time when it was looked down upon.

SKP community have a unique history…….. This community seems to be an amalgamation of various clans migrating in from Utkal (now Orissa), Magadha (Ancient kingdom in present day Bihar), Mahishmati (Ancient city in present day Madhya Pradesh), Telangana, Dekkhan (Devgiri or Mungi Paithan) and Anhilvaad (Gujarat)…… Later all these clans united and inter-married……. Their Guru is Jagadguru Shankaracharya……. The descendants of Utkal Somvanshis worship Bhuvaneshwari Mahalakshmi……… Worshippers of Vajreshwari Mata belong to Anhilvaad and Magadha clans……..Dekkhan Somvanshis worship Ekvira Mata……. Mahikavati Mata is worshiped by the descendants of Mahishmati Somvanshis…….. SKP community is also known as Panchkalshi, Choukalshi, Vadval or Panmali.

SKP cuisine is highly influenced by the coast and its wide range of seafood.

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PATHARE PRABHU COMMUNITY

Pathare Prabhu Community is one of the earliest settlers in Mumbai……. Mumbai’s famous landmarks like Mahalakshmi Temple, Dadar’s Prabhadevi Mandir, Kalbadevi’s Shri Ram Mandir, Thakurdwar’s Gora Ram Mandir & Kala Ram Mandir, Dadar’s Kirtikar Market, Bhau-cha-Dhakka (Ferry Wharf), etc. were built by this community and are still in existence……. Prabhus were highly literate, well to do, great philanthropists……. Under the Portuguese and British, they occupied powerful positions and enjoyed special privileges…….Thus Pathare Prabhu Community enjoy a significant position in the History of Mumbai.

Pathare Prabhus migrated to Mumbai during the 13th century……. They are believed to be the descendants of King Ashwapati, Ruler of Nepal…… Records reveal the journey of this community from Nepal to Bombay (present day Mumbai) through Marwar, Rajputana, Gujarat and Deccan…….. On the way, they picked up many Rajput & Gujarati traditions…….. They are also known as Patane Prabhu (Lords of Patan)…… They usually speak Marathi…… The older generation spoke the Prabhi language (a combination of Gujarati & Marathi languages)……..Prabhus steadfastly cherish and preserve their culture.

Thus we arrive at the doorstep of another interesting & unique cuisine.