Madhapar Gaam, India

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The history of the village

Our ancestors moved from Rajasthan to Kutch district around the 7th century. By then many Khatiriya's got settled in different places of Kutch and started earning their livelihoods.

In the 12th century our ancestors moved into a village named Dhaneti in between Anjar and Bhuj. Gradually people began to move from place to place in search of better living and they began to settle in different villages.

Soon many small villages were formed including Kukma, Reha, Ratnal and Madhapar.

Madhapar was named after Madha Kanji Solanki who had shifted from the Dhaneti village to Madhapar in the year 1473-74. This early Madhapar in India today is known as Juna Vaas.

Our community moved into the village around 1576. As people began to move into the Ghaam, it began to expand rapidly, because of which the villagers decided to extend the Ghaam.

Approximately 150 years ago, Samjibhi Patel declared that opposite the existing Madhapar; a new portion would be built, thus Nava Vaas was created.

AnchorHow the Kanbi's evolved

History indicates that all Patidars (Kanbi) are Kurmi Kshatriya who are from Punjab. Due to attacks from foreigners, Patidar's moved all over India but many settled in Gujarat.

As time went by, two names were formed, Leuva, or Leva Patels and Kadwa Patels. As our occupation was mainly farming, we were referred as Kurmi Kshatiya.

In Sanskrit "Bhuh Ashya Asti Iti Kurmi" means that whoever has land is a Kurmi. Over a certain period the word Kurmi derogated to Kunbi and later into Kanbi.

During this period the word Patidar came into use.

If we interpret the meaning then;

PATI means land

DAR means those who owns.

The head of the village was known as Patel and his descendent also came to be known as Patel's.

This is how we got our name Kutch Leva Patel.

 

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