Vidi

Vidi can also refer to Vidi, Prince of Albania.

Vidi or Videe or Virdee is a village near the town Anjar, the taluka of Kutch district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is at a distance of about 4 km from Anjar, the Taluka headquarters.

History

Vidi, is among one of the 19 villages founded by Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas or Mistris. The Mistri community first moved into Saurashtra in the early 7th century and later a major group in the 12th century entered Kutch andestablished themselves at Dhaneti. Later in the 12th century they moved between Anjar and Bhuj and founded the villages of Anjar, Sinugra, Khambhra, Nagalpar, Khedoi, Madhapar, Hajapar, Kukma, Galpadar, Reha, Vidi, Ratnal, Jambudi, Devariya, Lovaria, Nagor, Chandiya, Meghpar and Kumbharia. The Mistris of these villages have built and developed the infrastructure around the villages in late 1890.[1] [2][3] [4][5] However, majority of old houses of Mistris with unique architect were destroyed in the earthquake of 26 January 2001.

Notable Persons

There were some railway contractors and colliery owners who hailed from this village and made it big during the early years of railway construction between 1860–1910.[6][7][8]

Vidi is the ancestral village of Rajesh Chauhan, the known cricketer.[9]

Temples

There is a Hanuman Mandir inside a cave on the outskirts of Vidi, which is very known in nearby areas of Kachchh.

Kuldevi Temples of many clans of the Mistri community are also there in this village.

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
  3. ^ Press Report on Houses, History of Mistiris of Kutch
  4. ^ Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas
  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
  6. ^ 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 Veedee
  7. ^ Ratna Bhagat Ni Chopdi :1930
  8. ^ Kadia Kshatriya Abhudaya:1897
  9. ^ Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas: A brief History & Glory : by Raja Pawan Jethwa. (2007) Calcutta.

Coordinates: 23°04′59″N 70°00′22″E / 23.083°N 70.006°E

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