Origin and History of Bawsia Brahmins
The Chavda or Chawda Kingdom (Hindu Kshatriya) ruled north region of Gujarat from 746 to 942. Their first king was Jayshikhari Chawra. There was a city named Panchasar near the little Runn of Kutch which was the capital of whole of Gujarat.
A shepherd named Shankar Barot went to King of Kalyani, the King Bhuvad (King Bhuvanpati) and sang praises of wealth and courageousness of the king Jaishikhari. The King Bhvad got lured by the prosperousness and richness of Jaishikhari and attacked with big army
Before fighting the battle with Bhuvad, the king Jaishikhari sent his queen to Jungle along with his well-wisher Surpal under safe harbor of neighboring Bhil community where they promised to take care of pregnant queen of King Jaishikhari, who was about to fight his last battle in effort to protect Panchsar.
Finally Bhuvad won the battle and King Jaishikhari and his army lost the battle and the king got killed.
Vanraj Chawad (Son of King Jaishikhari) was born and brought-up in forests. Vanraj was brave and being reared in forests among Bhils has a habit of robbing, and looting.
Finally Vanraj as revenge conquered back Panchasar and formed a new place named Anahilpur Patan on banks of river Saraswati.
Vanraj lived for 110 years thereafter his son Yougraj ruled and conquered Patan he was quit religious and devoted person.
After 8 generations of Chavads, comes the description of Samantsingh Chawda who was last ruler of Chawad Dynesty. Samantsingh had bad habits of drinking and tripling. Mulraj was his nephew whose parents were Leeladedevi (Sister of Samantsingh) and Raj (who was kind of some distant dynesty).
Raj along with his brothers Beej got killed by King of Kuch, King Lakha in a battle. And Leeladevi died after giving birth to Mulraj who was reared by his maternal uncle King Samastsing Chawad.
Being drunkard Samastsingh used to make fun of Mulraj and kept insulting him often. Frustrated with such humiliation one day Mularj killed Smastsingh and became King of Patan.
This marked an end of Chawad Dynesty and the Beginning of Solanki’s
Moolraj started repainting after killing his maternal uncle and started feeling sinful and guilty. To recover from this sin and shame, and get forgiveness from god, Moolraj thought of building a temple of Loard Shiva at Shristhal or Sidhhapur.
He ordered to build the Shiva temple at Shristhal, when finished it had 11 floors. In this period Moolraj faced great opposition from Gujrati Brahmins (Shrimali Brahmins) as they came along with Chawad Kings.
To perform temple commissioning and various pujas & ritual for installation and charging of main deity (sthapana and pratishtha), Moolraj consulted few priests, astrologers and friends who advised Moolraj to invite some knowledgeable and doctored Brahmins from North. This was done to successfully finish the construction of Rudramahal (the temple) and to face opposition and issue of Shrimali Brahmins)
Moolraj delegated his massagers or envoy to visit all across Indian region located in north of Shristhal and Invite profound and divine Brahmins.
Thus a total of 1037 families were invited to Shristhal (Siddhpur). Since 1000 Brahmins from these families came from the north, these families were collectively called as Audichya (Odichya).Sahastra Brahmins.
As such above mentioned 1037, Brahmins came from the different region and “king” awarded them with good wealth and great respect. The King Mollraj, organized a grand “Yagya, in Siddhapur Patan Gujrat. These Brahmins attended this Yagya.
These Brahmins have been awarded with full of respect and donations and got settled down in “22, villages.
So, they called Bawisa and the “22, villages are as follows :
GOL, RAHET, VASA, CONJARA, PADIWADA, NANDIYA, JHAHOLI, PADIYE, OOD, UTHAMAN, PALADI, VASENRA, HATHAL, HADUA, ADHWADA, POALIYA, AANGORE, NANA DHANAPURA, SETARA, SANWADA, COOSAMA.
The king of Parmar Vansha also organized a similar “Yagya,, and these above Brahmins were invited.
In the period of 1010-1042 king “Bhoj of Dhar,, also organized a Grand “Yagya,, and these above Brahmins are invited there at Town Dhar and these Bawisa Brahmin have been settled down.
As such these Bawisa Brahmins became priest (purohit’s) of Chittodiya Brahmins, these Bavisa Brahmins as priest went to Raaver and Khandesh with Chittodiya Brahmins and they are the priests of Chittodiya Brahmins till now.
All these Bawisa Brahmins belongs to Shukla Yajurvediya Madhyani Branch.
All the aforesaid matter believed to be the basic origin of Bawisa Brahmin from SIDDHAPUR PATAN in Gujrat.
In this regard connection a report was prepared at Bawisa Samaj Maha Sammelan held in “1988” at Dhar in Madhyapradesh and some related certifications too were done.
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