The Savji or Somvanshiya Sahasrarjun Kshatriya or SSK Samaj are a Kshatriya community
concentrated in the districts bordering Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
They are also addressed to as Pategars or Khatris. They are mostly located in significant
numbers at Gulbarga, Hubli, Gadag, Harihar, Belgaum, Mysore and Bangalore in Karnataka,
Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Kurnool, Narayanpet, Mehboobnagar and Armoor in Andhra
Pradesh and Sholapur, Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nasik in Maharastra and few in other
parts of India.
Maheswar in Madhya Pradesh was the capital of the illustrious ancestor Sri Sahasrarjun,
also known as Sahasrabahu or Kartaviryarjun. Written accounts of Kartaviryarjun
can be found in Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Puranas. He was a devotee of Dattatreya.
Recent history of our people is traced to Mandav Gadh in Madhya Pradesh (modern
name being Mandu). There's a temple of Sri Kartaviryarjun in Maheshwar, MP, dating
back to the early 2nd century. The temple was rebuilt in 13th century after withstanding
Muslim attacks. It is referred as Samadhi Mandir where 11 Ghee Lamps are lit continuously.
Another new temple of Sahasrarjun at the same location with his statue was built
few years back by Jaiswals.
Note: According to Bhats, our people left Mandavagadh because of harassment by Muslim
kings and differences between Brahmins and Kshatriyas.
Savji's are staunch martial Hindus with strong lineage of Emperors, Kings and renowned
warriors. The males append a "Sa" to their names as a term of respect. Example BhavanSa.
The females append "Bai" to their names. Example "Saraswati Bai".
Not unlike Marathi, Savji Bhasha appears to be an amalgam of Indic languages such
as Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Marwari , Konkani and Kannada as well as
Islamic languages such as Persian and Arabic. Savji Bhasha is related to Dakhani.
It originated as the prototypical languages that existed in the Maheshwar region
at time of their migration in early 1100 from that region.