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Halwai is a caste of Vaishya varna (community) with traditional primary occupation related to confectionery and sweet-making. The name is derived the word Halwa.

Regions with significant populations
 India *  Pakistan
HindiAwadhiBhojpuri . Angika/BhagalpurMarwari Punjabi
Hinduism, Jainism
Related ethnic groups
Muslim HalwaiBaniaVaishya

Baba Ganinath Govindji is the kul Guru (school) of Halwai caste.[1]


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 descendants, an individual called Modan, took to making sweetmeats.[2]

The community set up its own association, the Kanyakubja Vaishya Halwai Mahasabha, which was established in Varanasi in the early part of the 1900s.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ People of India: Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII, Part 2. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 597. ISBN 9788173041143.
  3. ^ People of India: Uttar Pradesh, Volume XLII. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 601.