Dhaneti

Dhaneti or Dhanetee is a village in Bhuj Taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat State of India. It is at a distance of about 26 km from Bhuj the Taluka and district headquarters of Kutch. Although it is in Bhuj Taluka, the Anjar Taluka headquarters of Anjar is only 18 km away.

Dhaneti
ધાનેતી
Village
Dhaneti is located in Gujarat
Dhaneti
Dhaneti
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°15′25″N 69°55′10″E / 23.25694°N 69.91944°ECoordinates: 23°15′25″N 69°55′10″E / 23.25694°N 69.91944°E
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kachchh
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Nearest city Bhuj

History

About the history of Dhaneti, the village holds a special place in annals of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas or Mistris of Kutch, who entered Kutch and fought a battle on the land of the Dhaneti village in late 12th Century around 1177–78 A.D. (V.S. 1234) and got themselves established and settled at this village under leadership of Patel Ganga Maru.[1][2][3][4][5][6][1]

Paliyas belonging to Mistris of Kutch at Dhaneti
Paliyas belonging to war heroes of Mistris of Kutch, the founders of Dhaneti Village, standing near village pond dating back to 1178 AD

Even today, intricate paliyas or memorial stones of their dadas or shurapuras (the ancestors who died while fighting) and deris (pyre alters) of their Satis are standing there near village pond and other areas of village, as a mute witness to the war that was fought on this land by these Gurjar Kshatriyas, who are known as Mistris of Kutch.[1] Today almost a thousand years after the war, the community people visit Dhaneti to pay respect to these memorial stones, built in memory of their forefathers, who gave up their lives fighting to defend their next generations.[1][7]

Later during 14th to 15th century Mistris in course of time left Dhaneti and went on to establish other eighteen villages in Kutch, which were granted to them by the king. They were master craftsmen and architects and have played major role in erection and construction of majority of forts, palaces and architect of Kutch.[3] It was because of their this quality they came to be known as Mistris in Kutch.[1]

Present Status

At present, majority of people who live in this village are Ahir PRATHARIYA, Ahir, Rabari and Goswami. Dhaneti today is famous for special Ahir & Rabari embroidery done by women of this community, and has developed as major centre for this art and tourist attraction.

Ramakrishna Mission is running a School, Students Home and other activities in Dhaneti since 1992.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Community : A brief History & Glory: by Raja Pawan Jethwa. (2007) Calcutta.
  2. ^ In the 12th (twelfth) century (1178-79) our ancestors made entry into one village named DHANETI in between Anjar and Bhuj of Kutch district.
  3. ^ a b Gurjar Kshatriyas, also known as Mistris, came to Kutch from Rajasthan. They are skilled in building construction. They first established themselves at Dhaneti and were granted 18 villages by the rulers of Kutch.
  4. ^ Hemraj Hardasana Solanki a descandant of Solanki dynasty from Saurashtra moved from the Halar region to Dhanety in Kutch with other Kshatriyas. His son Madha Kanji Solanki later founded Madhapar.
  5. ^ History: In Vikram Samvant 1234 Gurjar Kshatriyas with leader Patel Ganga Maru came to Dhanetee.
  6. ^ Book :Kadia Kshatriya Ithishas : Published by Kumar Praksahan in 1896 in Gujarati Language : Dhaneti was founded (toran bandhyu) in 1179 AD ( Vikram Samvant 1234) by them (Gurjar Kshatriyas a.k.a. Mistris Of Kutch) under leadership of Patel Ganga Maru, when Rao Raydhan Ratto was Ruler of Kachchh.
  7. ^ "ધાણેટી ખાતે કચ્છ ગુ.ક્ષ. સમાજ...(Pooja held at Dhaneti by Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya for their Shurapura & Dada)". Kutch Mitra Daily. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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