Reha

Reha is a village in Bhuj Taluka of Kutch at a distance of about 15 km from Bhuj town, the capital of Kachchh District of Gujarat in India.[1]

Reha
Reha Mota
village
Reha is located in Gujarat
Reha
Reha
Location in Gujarat, India
Reha is located in India
Reha
Reha
Reha (India)
Coordinates: 23°09′06″N 69°45′00″E / 23.151725°N 69.750086°ECoordinates: 23°09′06″N 69°45′00″E / 23.151725°N 69.750086°E
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kachchh
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 02832
Vehicle registration GJ-12-
Nearest city Bhuj - 370001
Website gujaratindia.com

History

Reha is one of the 18 villages founded by Mistri community of Kutch in late 12th century. These group of warriors were also skilled architects and have contributed to the erection of many historical monuments of Kutch.[2][3][4][5]

During the years of laying of Railway lines in British India around 1850-1930 many members of Mistris moved out and made themselves into big railway contractors throughout British India. Some entered into the coal mines business. The Mistris of these villages have built and developed the old infrastructure around the villages in late 1890 from their earnings during those time.[2][3][4][6][5] However, majority of old houses of Mistris with unique architect were destroyed in the earthquake of 26 January 2001.

Notable persons

Some of the Mistris who hailed from this village and made it big during early years of railway construction in India in decades of 1860-1940. [7][8][9]

Khimji Walji Chauhan of village, was a noted coal mine owner and railway contractor, who owned mines at Jharia. His son Purushottam K. Chauhan was a freedom fighter & politician and member of legislative assembly of Bihar from Dhanbad, was also born in the village.[10]

Temples

Kuldevi Temples of many clans of these Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya community & Popat (Thakkar) family are also there in this village. Kuldevi Temple of Kamdhajiya branch of Rathor clan of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas is located in Reha village. Kuldevi Temple of Shri Hansvahini Bhramani Mata of Chauhan clan of Kutch Gurjar Kshitriyas is located in Reha village

About Village

Reha village has at present two residing blocks one known as Moti Reha and other as Nana Reha or Chhota Reha. Reha is famous for knife making from over a century.

There are Ramayana reliefs in the village.

References

  1. ^ "Kutchh District Panchayat - My Taluka". gujarat.gov.in.
  2. ^ a b Kutch Gujar Kshatriyas, History & names of their 18 Villages Archived 3 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Press Report after earthquake Giving details of Villages, Art & Skills of Mistris of Kutch Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Press Report on Houses, History of Mistiris of Kutch Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "Gurjar Kshatriyas". india9.com.
  6. ^ Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Nanji Bapa ni Nondh-pothi published in Gujarati in year 1999 from Vadodara. It is a diary of Railway Contracts done by KGK community noted by Nanji Govindji Tank of Hajapar/Jamshedpur, compiled by Dharsibhai Jethalal Tank of Nagalpar/Tatanagar. This book was given Aank Sidhhi award by Kutch Shakti at Mumbai in year 2000.Railway Contractors from Reha. Life-sketch of Purshottam Khimjee Chauhan of Reha.
  8. ^ Ratna Bhagat Ni Chopdi :1930
  9. ^ Kadia Kshatriya Abhudaya:1897
  10. ^ Diary of Golden Days at Jharia - A Memoir & History of Gurjar Kashtriya Samaj of Kutch in Coalfields of Jharia - written by Natwarlal Devram Jethwa of Calcutta in 1998..pp: 27 : Life sketch : Khimji Walji Chauhan of Reha and Purushottam K. Chauhan

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