The word Brahma Kshatri literally means the warriors of the Brahmins. According to their traditions, they are descended from kshatriyas who took shelter with Maa Hingulaj to escape the wrath of Parshuram. The Brahma Kshatri have five endogamous groups based on territorial divisions. They are the Punjabi Brahma Kshatri, Sorathia Brahma Kshatri, Ahmedabad Brahma Kshatri and Kutch Brahma Kshatri. The Brahma Kshatri have a further six divisions, the Brahma Kshatri proper, the Chudgor, Dakhani, Dasa, Natravala, and Panch. Only the Brahma Kshatri proper and Dakhani interdine and intermarry.
The community is said to have its origin in the city of Thatta, in what is now Pakistan. They are said to have left Thatta some five hundred years ago, with some groups settling in Kutch, while others settled in Ahmedabad and Amreli. The community is still found mainly in Kutch, particularly in Mandvi taluka, and speak the Kutchi language. The surname Rasputla belongs to this community.
Brahamakshatirya’s have come about in a curious way. The following is a condensed version from the main article published, on the subject, in the Brahamakshatriya.net (website) from India.
The Hindu Society was divided into four main groups (Varnas), Brahmins (preachers and preservers of religious affairs), Kshatriyas (fighters and protectors of the community), Vaishyas (providers of trade and services) and Shudras (providers of menial labour).
Many years ago most kings were Kshatriyas; they fought battles and commanded power. They would conquer places and become more powerful and they would see it right to have whatever they desired. One such King Sahatrarjun, on a hunting trip, came thirsty to Sage Jamdagini’s Ashram for a drink of water and a bit of rest. While he rested, his eyes fell on a cow named Kapila who was liked and loved by all in and around the Ashram for her abundant supply of milk. The King decides that he wants the cow and takes it to his Kingdom, against the wishes of Sage Jamdagini and to the annoyance of the Ashram dwellers.
Parshuram who hails from Bhagwan Narayan’s family was born in the same Ashram and the King’s actions annoyed him. He took a delegation to the king to retrieve the much beloved cow Kapila. The King refused to give the cow back, insulted the Sage and his followers. At this point, Parshuram came into battle; he defeated the King who died in battle. Parshuram accompanied by the cow Kapila and his followers returned to the Ashram.
The King’s sons, angered by Parshuram’s actions, went to the Ashram and killed Sage Jamdagini, to avenge the death of their father. The killing of his father, Sage Jamdagini, angers Parshuram so much that he vows to kill all Kshatriya kings and replace them with Brahmin kings.
King Rattanasen hears of this and decides to run away and hides in Sage Dadhichi’s Ashram. The king’s five wives all bear sons and the princes start acquiring Vedic knowledge from Sage Dadhichi. One day while out on a hunting trip, the King and Parshuram came face to face. Parshuram kills King Rattanasen.
The princes go to look for their missing father. They find King Rattanasen’s body and bring it to the Ashram. He is cremated as per Hindu rituals and all of the five queens also sat on the funeral pyre and became ‘Satis’ [Sati: a widow who gives up her life with the death of her husband by sitting on the funeral pyre of the deceased husband. This was a practise in Hinduism which has declined over the centuries].
Parshuram hears about this incident and the King’s sons. He tracks down the Ashram where the princes were staying. Parshuram asks Sage Dadhichi about the fine, five young men. Sage Dadhichi introduces them as rishi children. Parshuram had his doubts but asked to take the eldest, Jaisen, to train in the art of fighting with bows and arrows. They take leave of the Sage and the brothers.
After twelve years they reach river Guntki. During this time Jaisen has patiently served Parshuram. He has also finished his training. One day, praising Jaisen, Parshuram asks Jaisen, “Are you a Brahmin or a Kshatriya?”
For fear of being cursed, Jaisen confesses that he is the eldest son of Kshatriya King, Rattanasen. This disturbs Parshuram as Sage Dadhichi had introduced Jaisen as s Brahmin. Parshuram was pleased with Jaisen’s honesty.
Parshuram thinks carefully and curses Jaisen that he will loose all the knowledge that Jaisen acquired from Parshuarm, but he will retain all the spiritual knowledge although he is a Kshatriya, and for this Jaisen generations to come will be known as BRAHAMAKSHATRIYAS. Parshuram asks Jaisen to return to Sage Dadhichi’s Ashram to finish his training.
With this Jaisen returns to Sage Dadhichi’s ashram and narrates the story. Sage Dadhichi at this point obliged the young prices with Guru Mantra which helps them regain their lost power. Sage Dadhichi agrees to be their “KULGURU”. He reminded them all to abstain from fraud, immorality, meat and liquor especially in kaliyug as these vices not only corrupt the mind but demage our bodies also and as such are prohibited by the SHASTRAS. So we all owe our heritage to the children of King Rattanasen.