If you are from Chhattisgarh and are familiar with any Thakur village, then you must have heard the word “Bakhri”.

This is common among Kshatriya Thakurs but the reason and purpose of this tradition is not clear.

In most Thakurs, it reflects their prestige as to which “Bakhri” they belong to.

Actually there are types of Bakhri. In most villages there are three Bakhris, Chhote (small), Mainjhala (middle) and Bade (big).

In some villages there are 4 or 5 of them which are known by different names.

Like Jallahat, Bajraha and Pattidaar.

But, all these Kshatriyas are Thakurs only.

What exactly is Bakhri?

There is no information related to tradition but if you read the books, then it is related to a special type of houses.

Ramlal Singh Yadav has written in his book “Paritranaya Sadhunaan” that it has rooms all around, courtyard in the middle.

There was only one door to go out.

The rooms had no windows, only skylights.

The architecture of this building was mainly based on three main principles.

Firstly security, every house was like a fort in itself.

The second reason was for family unity; the entire family lived together even though they lived in separate rooms.

The third reason was to protect women and keep them safe from outside cover.

In Hindi also,It means such houses located in the village which are bigger and better than ordinary houses.

So how did this Bakhri tradition come into existence?

An interesting fact is that there is no information available regarding its origin.

But the belief is that initially, the number of sons a Thakur of the village had, the family of those sons was known according to the preference of those sons.

For example, the family of the eldest son was called “Bade Bakhri”, the family of the middle one was called “Mainjhala Bakhri” and the family of the younger one was called “Chhote Bakhri”.

Similarly, in a village that had 4 sons, you will find 4 Bakhris and in a village where there were 5, you will find 5.

Gradually the number of members in these barns kept increasing.

These are collectively called simply “Bakhri”. 

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