Who Are We?
The word Soni and Swarna in Hindi and Sanskrit mean Gold and thus those who work with gold are known as Sonis. English translation of this Hindi/Sanskrit word would be goldsmith.
Stories from our ancient sages tell us that there were two devilish persons, Hoon and Shak who were stealing cows from Songadh. Among these, were also the cows from the Hingraj Mataji temple. People from the village fought against the two devils and saved all of Mataji’s cows. The stories note that Mataji was pleased with this gallant act and granted a boon to our ancestors. Our ancestors requested Mataji to grant them a settled life and an occupation/profession to earn their livelihood in a stable manner and a place to live happily instead of roaming from place to place. Mataji granted the boon that our people would be known as Sonis and follow the occupation of goldsmithy – the knowledge for being a goldsmith will be achieved very easily and the generations to follow would easily adapt to the profession. This also marked to be beginning of the era of Hingraj Mataji as the Kuldevi of the Sonis.
As the Soni community became settled and progressed in their profession, over a period of time, they started to migrate to other cities. History notes that Sonis travelled and settled in every state of India. Soon the Sonis started to migrate to foreign soils in search of success and to serve the needs of different countries. Every place they migrated to, Sonis started to form a little community named Soni Samaj.
The Sonis predominantly hail from the State of Gujarat, India and comprise a number of endogamous communities. The Sonis found in and around the Girnar mountains are known as Girnara Sonis, the Sonis from the Patan region are Patni Sonis, Tragdy Sonis hail from Kheda, Surat and Ahmedabad districts where as the Vania Sonis typically hail from Junagadh, Rajkot, North Gujarat and Surat.