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The Vaishyas

by Vikas Kamat
First Online: July 05, 2009
Page Last Updated: January 04, 2018

The Vaishyas are the third strata of communities in the "Varna" system (see aslo: Caste System) prevalent in India. The typical professions of people belonging to the traditional Vaishya community is trading, finance and banking.

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Medieval Grocery Merchant
A Vaishya Merchant
Detail from a medieval mural, Karnataka

The trading community of Vaishyas have been largely responsible for the deep roots of Hinduism in India, due to their financial power and devotion to Hindusim. Over a period of time, the Vaishyas have practiced virtually all sacraments of Hinduism including upanayanam.

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