Agrawal (Agarwal, Agerwal, Agrawala, Agarwala, Aggarwal, Agrawal) is a community, native to the Indian subcontinent, found throughout northern India, including in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. Before the partition of India in 1947, people of the community were also found in the modern-day Punjab province of Pakistan.
The texts and legends of the Agrawal community trace the origin of Agrawals to the legendary king Agrasen of the Solar Dynasty who adopted Vanika dharma. Literally, Agrawal means the "children of Agrasen" or the "people of Agroha", a city in ancient Kuru Panchala, near Hisar in Haryana region said to be founded by Agrasen.
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The Agrawals claim descent from king Agrasen of the mythological Solar Dynasty who adopted Vanika dharma for the benefit of his people.[a] Literally, Agrawal means the "children of Agrasen" or the "people of Agroha", a city in ancient Kuru Panchala, near Hisar in Haryana said to be founded by Agrasen.
Sah Ranveer Singh was a royal treasurer during the rule of Akbar. He was awarded a jagir in western UP, where he established the town Saharanpur. His father as well as son and grandson had built several Jain temples, including the one at Kucha Sukhanand in Delhi.
Lala Ratan Chand became the diwan of Mughal emperor Farrukhsiyar (1713–1719) in 1712, and was given the title of Raja. He was associated with the Saiyid Brothers, who served as the king makers for several years, and became involved in the court intrigues. He was executed during the battle of Hasanpur by the order of the new emperor Muhammad Shah (1719–1748) in 1719. He became the founder of the Rajvanshi Agrawals.
Two of Akbar's finance ministers - Madhu Sah and Todar Mal are said to have been Agarwals
The beginning of `mela' goes back to 1851. Raja Todarmal, the Minister of Akbar, was the Badshah in the `mela'. According to legend, the Emperor had given a boon to Todarmal to be in his place for a day. This is the commemoration of that event," Rajesh Chouhan, Sub-Divisional Officer, Beawar, said talking to this correspondent. A person from the Agarwal community got the privilege to don the mantle of the emperor as Todarmal was believed to be from the community, Mr.Chouhan explained.