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  • Jhaveri Parivaar
  • Kothari - Modi Parivaar
  • Lalpara Parivaar ( Shah, Kothari, Parikh )
  • Navlakha Mehta Parivaar
  • Shah Parivaar ( from Shirohi )
  • Vyaj Mehta, Bakshi Parivaar
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BHANSALI PARIVAAR
14 Kms from Jaisalmer is a pilgrimage centre known as Lodrava, the ancient capital of Jaisalmer. This town was ruled by Lodrava or Loudru, a Kshatriya clan. In the 10th century, Lodrava was conquered by Bhati Devraj, who defeated the Loudru king and established his stronghold over the land, making Jaisalmer his capital.

The facts regarding the origin of the Bhansali clan have still not been fully established; and a number of different views have been put forward.

The first view states that in the 11th century, Lodrava was ruled by King Sagar and Queen Shrimati, who had 11 sons. 8 of these sons succumbed to a fatal disease called ‘mirgi’, which caused premature deaths. The King was greatly affected, and wanted to seek blessings for his remaining 3 sons. Therefore, when Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj disembarked in the Kingdom, the King sought his advice. Shri Suriji asked the king to ‘give away’ two of his sons to him as disciples and the remaining son could rule the kingdom.

Consequently, Kuldhar, took over the reins in Lodrava, while the other sons, Shridhar and Rajdhar, became the disciples of Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj. They were given their first discourse in ‘Bhandshal’ by the guru, and thus came to be known as ‘Bhandshaliks’. Their descendants are called ‘Bhansalis’, derived from the word "Bhandshaliks".

The second view states that Lodrava was ruled over by a Bhati king, and his son was prince Sagar. The queen’s body was captured by a fierce demon, Brahmarakshas. In 1116 AD Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj came to the town to aid the queen, and requested the demon to let go of her body. Brahmarakshas told Shri Suriji that in his previous birth, the Lodrava king had resorted to violence and killed him. This was the demon’s act of revenge. Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj delivered a discourse to Brahmarakshas, who was greatly influenced by the guru’s teachings, especially those of love and non-violence, which are the core values of Jainism. Due to this influence he left the queen’s body. The King was eternally grateful, and as a symbol of his gratitude, he accepted the tenets of Jainism in the Bhandshal and followed the 12 ‘vrats’. As a result, the Bhandshali goutra was formed.

Along with the Kshatriyas from Lodrava, the Kshatriyas from Bhandsol also began to follow Jainism under the guidance of Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj, and these ‘Bhatis’ assumed the title ‘Bhansali’.

Another view is found in a letter (preserved at the Jain Mandir in Jodhpur) written by Muni Suraj Swami in the language spoken at that time. According to it, Bhandsol was attacked by the Badshah of Bhulbukhara, and his 12,000 strong army encircled the city and began looting and killing the inhabitants. The Hindu king Bhati Bhadoji, personally led his army and repulsed the attack.

However Bhandsol was soon attacked once again by the Badshah, this time with a larger army. Once again Bhadoji fought back and defeated the enemy.

Tired of these repeated attacks, the mahajans of the town and the king's advisors and ministers began discussing how to find a permanent solution to the problem. The Bhatti Rajputs suggested that they go to Karadu and ask the Jain sadhu Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj to help them.

When Suriji Maharaj asked the Bhatti Rajputs what they would do for him if he helped them find a solution to their problems, they assured him that they were willing to do whatever he advised. At which Suriji told them to accept the Jain dharma, and all their problems would be solved.

The Bhatti Rajputs agreed, and through the divine powers of Jindutt Suriji, many of the invaders died of a sudden illness, many ran away, many were killed by the Bhattis and the attackers were defeated and retreated to Bhulbukhara.

Subsequently Shri Jindutt Suriji Maharaj requested the Bhatti king to send his two sons Randhirji and Ridhmalji to accompany him on a padayatra to Bhandsol. However four miles from the town, at the side of the lake, he stopped saying that this is the ideal place for a vanvasi sadhu like him. He then asked the Bhatti Rajputs to embrace Jainism, and Bhadoji's sons Ridhmalji and Harkishanji became the first to do so. Since then Harkishanji took diksha from Suriji and lived in Bhandsol, while Ridhmalji left the town in 1238 and settled in Kotadu (Karadu).

Another theory emphasizes that the letter ‘Bh’ has a strong connection in the history of the Bhansalis. It appears in the following prominent features:

  • The town of Bhandsol
  • They are descendents of Bhadoji
  • Bhati Rajputs
  • Bhattarak dada Shri Jindutta Suriji
  • Activities in the year of Bhadara
  • Moreover, some people believe that important events took place under the Bhandla tree situated near the Bhandsol town.
One of the descendents, Punyapal Bhansali, was appointed at a position by the ruler of Chittod, Rana Hamirsinhji that was earlier held by a ‘Muhta’. Punyapal thereafter was addressed as ‘Muhta’, which later evolved to ‘Mehta’. Some Bhansalis also came to be known as ‘Chodharis’, owing to the nature of their work.

In later years, the Bhansalis migrated from Lodrava to Mandore, near Jaipur, and later, some of them moved on to Palanpur.

One of Bisoji Bhansali’s descendents is famous for having sacrificed his life in the battle of ‘Balsamand’ near Mandore. His wife performed sati rite after his death. Since then, the whole Bhansali community goes to Balsamand to perform the mundan ceremony for their children.

This is probably why the Bhansalis’ kuldevi is dadimata, or satimata, whose original abode is at Balsamand, near Jodhpur

No book seems to have been published on Bhansali Parivaar of Palanpur.
CHOKSI PARIVAAR
A Muslim King Diwan Karimdad Khan (1719-1735), the 19th Nawab of Palanpur, gave shelter to some Brahmins and Sahukars (merchants) who had left their original homes (around present Vadnagar, Vijapur and areas close to Mehasana) due to continuous harassment by the Marathas. Diwan Karimdad Khan gave them shelter and settled them in a mountainous area about ten miles from today’s Palanpur and named the township as Karimabad, which was derived from his own name. Eventually, over the years the settlers came down from the highlands into the lowlands of Palanpur.

The Jains who thus migrated from a village called Kheralu which was located near Vadnagar, Vijapur, were the "Sthanakvasi Choksis".

The district of Palanpur, at that time, comprised of villages and towns currently known as Deesa, Vav, Tharad, Deodar, Kankrej, Dhanera, and Khimmat.

The Choksi clan can be traced back to not more than seven generations. Shri Nanchandbhai Shah the predecessor dealt in the gold and silver jewellery business. His son Shri Gulabchandbhai, and grandson Shri Maneklalbhai followed his footsteps and continued the same business. When the sons of Shri Maneklalbhai, Shri Fojalalbhai and Shri Keshvalal came into the same business, Shri Keshavlalbhai took the initiative and they all changed their surnames from Shah to Choksi.

The most important puja by the Choksis is the “Jhayani” performed on the first day of the Hindu calendar, Kartak sud Ekam.

No book seems to have been published on the Choksi Parivaar of Palanpur.
DESAI PARIVAAR
Over 150 years ago, the first members of the Desai parivaar migrated from their traditional home in Jhalore, Rajasthan to Palanpur.

While their ancestors were Hindus, marriages of Desai Parivaar members into Jain families have led the last three to four generations to follow Jainism.

A popular tradition of the Desai family is to observe ‘Mahet’ at Manibhadra Veer at Magarwada either at the time of birth or at least before marriage. This is followed for all the members of the family.

Another traditional ritual is that of Ambamataji’s Garba for all new-born males in the family and again at the time of marriage of a male member of the family.

The Desai family excelled in the legal profession and some of the stalwarts of the community include Nanalal Desai, a judge in the erstwhile Palanpur state, and Manilal Desai who was an eminent lawyer. The latter was the legal advisor to Nawab Taley Mohammed Khan, and drafted the document for merger with the Indian Union. This was signed by the Nawab and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, making Palanpur the first of the Princely States to officially become a part of Independent India.
DOSHI PARIVAAR
There is no authentic information as to when the Doshi family’s ancestors came first to settle in Palanpur in Gujarat state. It seems, however, that they came from Rajasthan to Patan, and then decided to settle in Palanpur. In Patan, there is a Doshi Wado or Doshi Vat.

There is information that provides clues which indicate that Doshis dealt in cotton or other thin fabrics. The word Doshi is derived from Dushya (Sanskrit: meaning cloth), which is perhaps related to their trading in cloth and fabric. Another source of the word is a popular Gujarati story where Narsinh Mehta mentions the Hindu deity Krishna appearing as a Doshi vanio. A doshi was somebody who carried a dosh, or a sack of grocery/clothes, to sell as he wandered. This is similar to another translation of doshi as a rough cloth seller. The Doshi family’s gotra is KumKum Chopda, and their kuldevi is Ambikadevi.

The Doshis have a unique way of celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. It is customary to draw a swastika, and to have a painting of their Mataji (Goddess-deity) on the day of Diwali. Before Diwali they prepare special Diwali sweets known as sevaiyya and dotha. Sixteen earthen lamps (diyas) of oil, and one of ghee are decorated on the day of Diwali and after Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge) pujan, chopda (books of accounts) pujan, a sugarcane is covered at the top end with mud and cloth (merayun), forming a mashaal (torch) like shape and is used for worshipping by first rotating it in front of Mataji and then taking it outside the house.

Before meals are prepared on the morning after Diwali, 17 diyas are lit again. The meal comprising of lapshi, boiled chora dal (black-eyed peas), rice and four vegetables are prepared in ghee. After the meal is ready, 17 diyas are lit again. The prepared meal is placed in a Thal (a large metallic eating plate) and is then taken by the daughter-in-law to the kuvasi’s (daughter or sister) house without uttering any word and offered to her. After returning from the kuvasi’s house, the daughter-in-law offers prayers to Mataji and tastes the food. Thereafter the meal is enjoyed by all members of the family.

No book seems to have been published on Doshi Parivaar of Palanpur.
HIRANI MEHTA PARIVAAR
The Hirani Mehta Parivaar is a direct descendant of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan of Delhi. Thus they were Chauhan Rajputs. During the reign of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, Delhi was invaded several times. The wars continued for a few years and finally Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Mohammad Ghori. Thereafter, the Chauhan Rajput families, along with many other Rajputs families of Delhi, migrated to Rajasthan and settled in different parts of Rajasthan. Chauhan Rajputs settled in Jhalore in Rajasthan. Even after they left Delhi they were engaged in wars for many years, leaving their families behind. It was during such a period of agony that many Rajputs families came in contact with influential Jain Sadhus, who inspired them to abandon the path of violence, and adopt the peace-loving religion of Jainism.








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In course of time many parts of Rajasthan were also conquered by the Sultans of Delhi. After the conquest, administrators popularly, known as Suba, were appointed. The Chauhan Rajputs, now Jains, took important and prestigious posts as accountant-cum-Karbhari (manager) to the Lohani-Pathan Suba of Jhalore. They were called/known as "Mehta".

A significant aspect in the formation of the Hirani Mehta Parivaar is the story of Lohani Pathan Firoz Khan and his “Mehta”, Hirachand. The duo captured Palanpur in 1635 AD. Hirachand had brought along with him his ancestral Chauhan Rajput’s deity Varaahi Mata, one of the Swarups (incarnation) of Chamunda Mataji with him. This goddess or Mataji was worshiped by Hirachand. The local people of Palanpur, not knowing the name of Mataji properly, called it Hira-ni-Mata. As time passed colloquial usage resulted in it being called by multiple names, such as ‘Hirani Mata’ and ‘Irani Mata’, and descendants of Hirachand Mehta came to be known as Hirani Mehta. All families of Hirani Mehta Parivaar follow Sthanakwasi Jain religion.

In a year, Hirani Mehta families do five pujas of Mataji known as “jaiti” on Akha-trij, Raksha-Bandhan, Dussehra, Dhanteras and Diwali.

Inaugurated in April 2007, the magnificent ‘Hirani Mata Sthanak” mandir and contemporary guest house located on Patthar-Sadak stand as witnesses of the parivaar’s great devotion. To honour the Hirani Mehta Parivaar, the city of Palanpur has christened the square adjoining to the Mandir as "Hirani Mata Chowk".

Hirani Mata Sthanak Events:
  • “Hirani Mata Poojan Pushpa & Hirani Mehta Parivar Parichay” pustak created by Dineshbhai D Mehta. Pustak Vimochan done 11.02.93 at his Residence: 36, Purab Apt. 3th.Floor. 42, Ridge Road, Mumbai.
  • Shri Nanubhai Dhudalal Mehta donated his Property for Atithi-Gruh on 16.4.98
  • Hirani Mata Sthanak Trust created on 22.6.98
  • Shri Rajeev & Sanjeev Mahendrabhai J. Mehta donated both, Mataji ni Medi & Adjoing Building on 20.9.98
  • Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta’s sons donated their Land in the compound on 16.5.2000
  • Inauguration of Atithi-Gruh on 21.7.01 by Kum.Satyavatiben S. Mehta
  • Shri Jormalbhai & Kantibhai Chodhari gifted his Property for New Atithi-Gruh on 19.6.03
  • Shilanyas of Mataji Sthanak was done on 1.5.04
  • Temporarily shifted “Mataji” from Medi to ground floor at “Care-takers residence” on 3.2.06
  • Mataji’s Pratistha in new “Mataji Sthanak” on 21.3.07
  • New Atithi-Gruh construction started on Dashera 21.10.07
The original abode of Hirani Mata (originally Varaahi Mata) is on the beautiful Sundha Parvat near Raniwada in Rajasthan about 150 km from Palanpur. Varaahi Mata is of the seven Swarups (incarnation) of Chamunda Mata. Thus the Sundha Parvat is Sundhaji Mata or Chamunda Mata Tirth. This tirth is held in high esteem by her followers and others of different castes of Rajasthan.

Details about the Hirani Mehta Family Book

Title - Hirani Mehta, Pujan Pushpa - Hirani Mehta Parivar Parichay

Contact
Dinesh D. Mehta
36, Purab Apartment
42, Ridge Road, Mumbai - 400 006
Tel: +91 - 22 - 23634245
JHAVERI PARIVAAR
The roots of the Jhaveri (or Zaveri) clan can be traced back to Shri Hirachandbhai Jhaveri, who is its primary ancestor. He had settled in Ahmedabad, though his ancestors were from Chittod, Rajasthan. Because of differences he was having with the Sultan of Ahmedabad, Shri Hirachandbhai Jhaveri headed towards Kheralu; and fate led him to Palanpur, a town along the Ahmedabad-Delhi road.

By then Shri Hirachandbhai was already famous, and the Nawab of Palanpur, who had heard so much about him, summoned him for a personal meeting. Following this, the Jhaveri family settled in the town, in Dayara near Nani Bazaar.

The achievements of the Jhaveri clan were not restricted only to trade and commerce. They were actively involved in social, educational and religious activities, and are remembered for their commitment to the freedom struggle. In recognition of their remarkable contribution, the area of Dayara is known to this day as ‘Jhaveri’s Madh’.

The Jhaveris are Sthanakwasi Jains, and worship their family deity, Shri Amba Mata. They have several traditions that are peculiar to the clan, predominantly Deradi-mata ni puja twice a year, Tanitoran and sharambharai on the morning of the day of marriage, chhatthi jagaran for the new couple after the marriage, Sansani jamaadvanu after the birth of a child and Magarwadana Manibhadra Veer‘s mahet after the age of five, but before marriage. Several of these traditions are followed even today.

Details about the Jhaveri Family Book
Title - Palanpur nu Jhaveri Kutumb

Contact
Jitendra J. Jhaveri
35, Deepak, Peddar Road
Mumbai - 400 026
Res: +91 - 22 - 23515035 / 23515861
Off: +91 - 22 - 23866103 / 23881093










KOTHARI - MODI PARIVAAR
Like several other Jains of Palanpur, the Kothari-Modi family also migrated from Mewar in Rajasthan. The primary ancestor of the Kothari-Modi clan is Rasangaji, who left his hometown in Mewar to settle in Palanpur around 500 years ago. Rasangaji had three sons, Chatraji, Dungarsi, and Bhimji. There are presently around 150 surviving families of the parivaar descended from them. It is believed that since they were in charge of the bhandars (the storage), the name Kothari (a person in charge of the kothar/bhandar) was bestowed upon them. Kotharis were mainly in the state service with the Diwans of Palanpur. They served the Diwans with great honesty and along with other Jain settlers contributed to the peace and prosperity of the state.


One of Dungarsi’s sons, Gamanbhai was appointed as the head of the Modikhana of the state, thus starting the Modi surname, under which there are about 60 families.

According to the elders of the parivaar, the deity of the Kothari-Modi Parivaar is Paras Mata, but there are no confirmed details regarding the location of its original ‘sthanak’.

Kotharis have a unique tradition followed during the festival of Diwali. Every year on the night of Diwali, Kotharis perform jaiti. Sweets or toys from sugar are made and a sathiya is painted. Next day lapshi is cooked using at least 570 gms of ghee and is consumed only after ‘kuvasi’ (i.e. the daughter or sister) tastes it.

Details about the Kothari - Modi Family Book
Title - Kothari - Modi Parivaar
Contact
Nanubhai Fojalal Kothari
Sundatta, 5th floor
Mount Pleasant Road
Mumbai - 400 006
Tel: +91 - 22 - 23679584







LALPARA PARIVAAR - SHAH, PARIKH AND KOTHARI FAMILIES
Bhattarak Shree Devanand Suriji Maharaj Saheb initiated Lalparas into Jainism in Vikram Samvat 605 (549 AD) at Shree Dhanani Nagar.

Before initiation they were Soni Gana Chauhan Rajputs. Shree Jagaji migrated to Patan (Gujarat) from Ranigam in Vikram Samvat 1368 (1312 AD). Shreemalji migrated from Patan to Lalpur in Vikram Samvat 1616 (1560 AD). Vastaji, had five sons, of which the third son, Shri Sesaji along with his family migrated from Lalpur to Palanpur in Vikram Samvat 1735 (1679 AD). Shri Sesaji’s descendants were called Lalpara since he came from Lalpur.

Starting with a common surname, the clan soon divided into three, each with their own distinct name. How this transition came about is ambiguous; one version is that amongst the descendants of Shri Sesaji, Shri Abhechand’s family came to be known as Parikh, Shri Galaji’s family were known as Kothari and rest were known as Shah. Another version expounds that the different surnames came into being as per the family’s status and profession. Jewellers were known as Parikhs, the state’s store managers were called Kotharis, and the businessmen were given the name Shah.

This clan was closely associated with the princely states and the royal families, right from the beginning. Later on they were associated with the rulers of Deesa and Palanpur. They occupied a position of importance in state.

Lalpara family’s Kul-Devta is Mani Bhadra Veer and Chamunda Mata (Sahastrakar Mata) is Kul Devi, while Shri Dhanani Nagar in Rajasthan is their Kul-Bhoomi.

The Lalpara dynasty has some particular rituals, a famous one being the Mayad ni vidhi to be performed in the Mani Bhadra Veer Temple at Magarwada, only after which they are eligible to get married. The Shah and Parikh families have 4 jetis – Akhaatrij, Dusherra, Dhanteras and Diwali, while the Kothari parivaar performs mataaji ni jeti on Dusherra and Diwali.

Details about the Lalpara Family Book
Title - Palanpur Lalpara Parivaar - Shah, Parikh, Kothari, Parichay Pustika
Contact
Nikhil Shah
Res: +91 - 22 - 23631980 / 23632009
Off: +91 - 22 - 23611234 / 9821010571
NAVLAKHA MEHTA PARIVAAR
Several families who had settled in Marwar, Rajasthan were forced to migrate further due to regular famines and other natural disasters. As the land of Palanpur was close to Marwar, and the natural setting kinder, the Navlakha clan chose it as their home. Navlakha families therefore have a distinct Marwari touch, in terms of their names, body structure, language, customs, and eating habits. Their deity is Sangram Mata, whose basic roots can be traced to the Pali town of Rajasthan.

Life is struggle (sangram) and Sangram Mata is full of energy and strength (Shakti stotra). To respect and receive her blessings, Navlakha Parivaar has four jaitis (naivedh) which are Akshay Tritiya (Vaisakh Sud Trij or Akha Trij), Dushera, Diwali and New Year.

Other ceremonies like Engagement, Kholo bharai and Mundan Vidhi are also observed.

According to historical sources, Jain Bhamasha was the Prime Minister of Rana Pratap. His ‘kul devi’ was Sangram Mata. This is evidence that the Navlakha clan may be a descendant of Bhamasha.

The Navlakha family is spread across North Rajasthan, Bengal and Bihar.


 
Details about the Navlakha Family Book
Title - Navalakha Parivaar

Contact
Chirag Mehta
51 Kshitij, 5th floor
47, Nepean Sea Road
Mumbai - 400 036
Tel: +91 - 22 - 23696294

Mrs. Saroj N. Mehta
61 Neelamber
Peddar Road
Mumbai - 400 026
Tel: +91 - 22 - 23526936

SHAH PARIVAAR (from Shirohi)
Over 200 years ago the ancestors of the Shah family migrated from distant Rajasthan to Sirohi. Five decades later, around 1850, they moved further and came to settle in Palanpur. They ware Jain Swetamber Tapagachh Murtipujak Visha Shrimali (Dasha/Visha). Shri Vastachandbhai Shah, who had a grain shop at Kharedi (now Abu Road) married Jadibai, the daughter of a native of Banaskantha and since then till the present, the family has resided first at Gandhi Vas, Near Pipla Seri and later on at Desai Vas, Near Verai Mata at Palanpur.
























VYAJ MEHTA, BAKSHI PARIVAAR
During the reign of Nawab of Ghazni, Upal Dev Parmar participated in the Atak War. In Vikram Samvat 1222 (1166 AD), Kamalagachh’s Acharya Ratnaprabh Suri motivated Upal Dev to embrace Jainism. This laid the foundations for the formation of the Oswal sect. At the time, there were 1444 Gotras, the highest of which was the Ved-Mutha, or ‘Vyaj Mehta’. Oswals are known to be religious and have been benefactors through the centuries.

The name ‘Mehta’ or ‘Meta’ was given to the clan on account of its profession; Mehtas were accountants for the royal families. They were also called ‘Karbharis’ in Persian. The word ‘Vyaj’ comes from ‘Ved’; moreover, ‘Vyaj’ means ‘interest’, (in the financial sense of the word). Originally, the clan was called ‘Ved Mutha’ or ‘Ved Meta’, which later evolved to ‘Vyaj Mehta’. The ‘Vyaj Mehta’ clan usually uses the original surname Mehta.

The Vyaj Mehtas were gradually forced to migrate to Palanpur from their base in Jhalore in 1638 AD, due to various political, geographical and historical reasons. They moved into Palanpur around the same time as the Nawabs of Jhalore, and were the most trusted family of the Nawabs of Palanpur. They became ministers, nagarsheths and family jewellers and held positions of importance in the state machinery during the Nawab’s reign. Hathibhai Vahlubhai Mehta was the Chief Minister of Palanpur, Motibhai Hathibhai Mehta was the Chief Justice and Fojraj Baxi became the ‘Karbhari’. Their accumulated wisdom, experience and adherence to Jain religion made the Vyaj Mehtas acceptable to all strata of society. They are good administrators having a great sense of business acumen and foresight. They are known to be forthright in communication.

The Vyaj Mehtas do five jaitis - two deradis, Akhatrij, Raksha Bandhan and Diwali. It is imperative that all sons born into the Vyaj Mehta clan do their mundan at Osiyaji temple near Jodhpur.

Their ‘Kul Devi’ is Osiya mata in Rajasthan.

Some families of Vyaj Mehtas have adopted the name ‘Bakshi’. According to legend, when a suba within the state of Palanpur launched a revolt against the ruler Jorawar Khan, he sent Dharamchand Mehta with his troops to quell the revolt. Mehta succeeded in doing so, and the suba was brought back under the control of Palanpur. Khan was so pleased with this achievement, that he sent a token of appreciation -- an elephant decorated with silver ornaments, along with other costly gifts and a tamrapatra (certificate) to Mehta’s home. Unfortunately, Dharamchand Mehta had lost his life during the conflict. But, his second son was born at that time, and was given the name ‘Fojraj Bakshi’ by the Nawab. Later his family adopted ‘Bakshi’ as their family surname.

The Bakshis held important posts in the Nawab’s court, including supervision of the army, the security of the kingdom and its wealth, among others. They fulfilled the tasks associated with these prestigious positions with dignity. In return, they were exempted from paying taxes. This clan is said to have been the one that was most trusted by the rulers of Palanpur.

Details about the Vyaj Mehta Family Book
Title - Vyaj Mehta Vanshvruksh
Contact
Kishor Mehta
Sujata, 7th Floor, Little Gibbs Road
Off. L.D.Ruparel Marg
Mumbai - 400 006
Res: +91 - 22 - 23691324 / 23675231




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