Hajapar

Hajapar is a village in Bhuj Taluka of Kachchh District of Gujarat State of India. It is located at a distance of about 18 km from Bhuj. One nearby village is Reha. As per some old records & books of Mistris community Hajapar was also known as Rajapar in olden days.

History

About the history of Hajapar it is one of the 19 villages founded by Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas or Mistris.These Mistris first moved into Saurashtra in early 7th century and later a major group entered Kutch in 12th century & established themselves at Dhaneti. Later from 12th century onwards they moved to settle themselves between Anjar and Bhuj and founded the villages of Anjar, Sinugra, Khambhra, Nagalpar, Khedoi, Madhapar, Hajapar, Kukma, Galpadar, Reha, Vidi, Ratnal, Jambudi, Devaliya, Lovaria, Nagor, Chandiya, Meghpar and Kumbharia.[1] [2][3] [4][5]

These group of warriors were also talented architects and have contributed in erection of most of the historical architect of Kutch. The Mistris of these villages have built and developed the infrastructure, temples, community halls around the villages in late 19th century. Some of these Mistris made it big during early days of Railways construction by British during 1860-1930 and established themselves as contractors and Coal Mines owners in India.

However, majority of old houses of Mistris with unique architect were destroyed in the earthquake of 26 January 2001.

Temples

Hanuman Mandir built by Nanji Govindji Tank of village is in the outskirts. Thakur mandir and Kuldevi temples of many clans of these Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya community are also there; for example there is the temple of Pithal Maa, Kuldevi of Parmars of Hajapar, Loharia.

References

  1. ^ Kutch Gujar Kshatriyas, History & names of their 18 Villages
  2. ^ Press Report after earthquake Giving details of Villages, Art & Skills of Mistris of Kutch Archived 2012-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Press Report on Houses, History of Mistiris of Kutch Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 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. They are famous designers and developers of buildings and bridges

Coordinates: 23°08′20″N 69°46′12″E / 23.139°N 69.770°E

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