Sowar (Hindi: सवार, Punjabi: ਸਵਾਰ, سوار, also Siwar meaning "the one who rides" or "rider", from Persian sawār) was originally a rank representing a cavalryman from within the empire of the Great Mogul.
|Equipment||Talwar, Scimitar, Khanjar, bow and arrow|
The unit was preserved until later during the British Raj it was the name in Anglo-Indian usage for a horse-soldier belonging to the cavalry troops of the native armies of British India and the feudal states. It is also used more specifically of a mounted orderly, escort or guard. It was also the rank held by ordinary cavalry troopers, equivalent to sepoy in the infantry — this rank has been inherited by the modern armies of India and Pakistan.