The Kathi are said to have given their name to the Kathiawar
region and to be mythologically descended from the Sura, an ancient
race of sun worshipers found in western India. According to their
mythological traditions, they are descended from Kush, the son of the Hindu God Ram. Colonial British historians consider the Kathi to be an invading foreign Scythian tribe that settled in the Kathiawar region in the second century BC.
During the time of Sikandar's attack on Punjab, Kathis manfully opposed
him, in this conflict, he was wounded badly and that wound became the
reason of his death. Because of their bravery, Kathis put up the
strongest opposition to the Marathas.
The Kathi have two divisions, the Sankhyavat and Auratia. These
divisions are hierarchical in nature, with the former considered
royalty. There are three clans found among the Sankhyavat namely the Vala,Khachar and Khuman.
and Auratiya namely Dhakhada, Varu, Kotila, Patgir, Basiya,
Dhadhal,Shekhva,Boricha, Khavad, Gida, Jebaliya, Manjariya, Khada, Mala,
Jalu, Babariya, Bhicharia and many more. Strict exogamy is maintained
between the Auratia and Sankhyavat. They are found in both Kathiawar and Kutch divisions of Gujarat. Kathi darbar are horse lovers and they have Kathiawari horses, which are known worldwide.
It is noted that the Kathi Darbar will never forget an enemy as shown
in the proverb "કાળ છોડે પણ કાઠી નહિ" (Time (Death) Forgets But Not
Devotee of Swaminarayan, Darbar Shri of GadhadaDada Khachar
was born into this caste. The Kathi Darbar community is connected much
of the history of Gujarat. Noted warriors such as Jogidas Khuman, Ram
Vala, Chapraj Vala and also the saints Aebhalji Vala, Aapa Giga, Danbapu
Chalala, Vihalanath Paliyad, Apa Goarkha, Apa Jadara Songadh and Apa
Ratabapu Moladi were born into this Kshatriya caste.