Sunar (alternately, Sonar or Swarnkar) is a Hindu caste in India referring to the community of people who work as goldsmiths. The community is primarily Hindu, and they are found usually in Northern India.
The Sunar are still involved in their traditional occupation, that is being goldsmiths. They are also a landlords. There is however a steady process in taking up other occupations, and the community in Haryana and Punjab as whole is fairly successful, having produced several professionals.They are Mair Rajput.
The Sunars are divided into a large number of territorial and non-territorial groupings called alla. Some of the major alla are the Bairadiya, Santanpuriya, Dekhalantiya, Mundaha, Bhigahiya, Samuhiya, Chilliya, Katiliya Kalidarwa, Naubastwal, Berehele, Gedehiya, Shahpuriya, Mathureke Paliya, Katkaria and Nimkheriya. Each lineage is associated with a particular area. To which its ancestors belonged to. The Sunar use Soni, Seth, Swarnkar, Singh, Shah, Bhutani, Shroff, Sharaf, Sonik, Kapoor, Thakur, Rajput, Mair/Maidh, Rastogi, Verma, Verman etc. as their surnames. In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the community is also known as Soni and Mair Rajput. In Harayana, the Sunars are often known as Swarnakar, Soni, Suri, Singh and Verma, are their common surname.
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