Veer Lorik

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The legend of Veer Lorik is very popular among the Ahir tribe of eastern Uttar Pradesh.[1] S.M. Pandey named the Tale of Lorik, a national epic of the Ahir peasantry.[2]

Lorikayan, or the story of Lorik, is a Bhojpuri Folklore and is credited as the Ramayana of the Ahir Caste.[3]


The world of the Loriki is one of many small kingdoms—Ahir, Rajput, and aboriginal—vying for cattle, land, women and power. The Ahir stand equal to the "twice-born" warrior castes, where marriage by capture is the norm, and expressions of strength, bravery, loyalty, nobility, and honor are valued. Like many other epic traditions, it depicts the life of a tragic hero (Lorik). Episodes of the Loriki are localized in the various regions that know the epic, and it is viewed—especially by rural Ahir—as a caste history to which many of their distinctive customs can be traced. Lorik is seen as an historical hero of great stature and the Ahirs' most illustrious ancestor.[4]

The story revolves around the romance of a married Rajput princess Chanda(Manjari) with Lorik, an Ahir by caste, with whom she elopes to escape the censure of her parents and the public.[5]

Significance in Hindi Literature[edit]

The Lorik and Chanda tales hold significance in Hindi folk literature. There is record of the story of Lorik and Chanda from the early 14th century;[6] in writing the first Hindavi verse romance, the Chandayan, Maulana Daud adapted the Ahir Folk-epic of Lorik and Chanda into a distinctive Sufi story in 1379.[7][8] The maulana believed that the whole of the Chandayan was divine truth and that it was compatible with interpretations of some verses of the Quran.[9]


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