They belong to the Bhat community and are known as Kaavadiya Bhats or Ravs. They live in Marwar, around the Nagaur and Jodhpur districts in Rajasthan. They believe they are the progeny of Shravan Kaavadiya from the Ramayana and came from the brow of Shiva, which is why they say they have such good memories and can tell stories for hours at a stretch. They make annual trips to their patrons and recite stories from the epics and the genealogies from them. In return they receive gifts in the form of grains, livestock and money.