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|Regions with significant populations|
|• India * Pakistan|
|• Hindi • Awadhi • Bhojpuri . Angika/Bhagalpur • Marwari Punjabi|
|• Hinduism, Jainism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|• Muslim Halwai • Bania • Vaishya|
In some parts of Uttar Pradesh, some believe that they have descended from a man by the name 'Bhalandan.' This Bhalandan came into being due to the will of the Hindu god Brahma. This individual married a woman named Marutwati. Their son was an individual who was named Vatsa Priti. One of the latter's descendents, an individual called Modan, took to making sweetmeats.
- "Ritual as Language: The Case of South Indian Food Offerings". Gabriella Eichinger, Ferro-Luzzi. Current Anthropology, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Sep., 1977), pp. 507-514.
- People of India: Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII, Part 2. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 597. ISBN 9788173041143.
- People of India: Uttar Pradesh, Volume XLII. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 601.