The origin of the name “Oshwal” is probably tied to a small village in the Indian State of
Rajasthan named Ossiya. Because of adverse natural conditions, a small number of
these Oshwal Mahajans left the village of Ossiya in search of better life and eventually
ended around Jamnagar, named after Prince Jam Rawal.
By profession, our ancestors were mostly farmers and traders, some were
moneylenders and a few were even hired hands. To this day, the Oshwal settlements
still exist in Jamnagar and most of the 52 villages. These Oshwals are known as the
Halari Visa Oshwals.
As rains failed, some community members moved to Mumbai and other parts of India.