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RAMBHIA FAMILY

Back Ground

This is our humble attempt in providing and publishing general information and background history of evolution of Oswal Jains and RAMBHIAs on this platform. Information regarding Gotra, Kul Devi Satchya Mata and Oswal Jain's geographic movement from the time they adopted Jainism at Ossian in Rajasthan is described.

It is believed that Kutchhi Jain Oswal community had roots at Oshiyajee (Ossian), a town near Jodhpur in Rajasthan state of India. The title OSHWAL that community carries, has obvious connect to Oshiyajee. An Attempt is made here in the direction to provide information regarding the evolution of Kutchhi Oshwal Jain Community and their connect with Kul-Devi Shri Satcha Matajee. Information provided here is compiled and updated from various web sites, Bhatjee (gotra record keeper) and family elders.

It appears that Kutchhi Oshwal Jains were originally Kshatriyas (Rajput-warriors) of PARMAR Gotra prior to their adopting Jainism long about 2468 years ago at Oshiyajee or Ossian in Rajashthan state of India.

Gotra Information

This section describes history and information of Parmar Gotra and sub-sects of Rambhia. Information has been compiled from various websites, books and supported through photographs.

Haja Family

Details of Karmshi Haja family of Village Nana Bhadia is depicted here. The Haja family originally had roots in Rambhia Falia (lane or sector of village) of Nana Bhadia. Subsequently they moved out to Nano Vas Falia of the village.

Gotra Information

Parmar Gotra Family

It is said and believed that Parmar Vansh or dynasty was evolved at Mount Abu through the sacred FIRE of Havan for the protection by ancient Hrishis and hence they are called AGNI Vanshi. Their Kul Deity was Devi HAR SIDDHI. They are Aryans-Hindu Kshatriya (Rajput). The title PARMAR means 'one that strikes the enemy'. In Sanskrit para means 'alien' or 'enemy' and mara means 'striker' or 'killer'. Parmars had ruled over ancient Malwa region (areas around Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh) of India and also over parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Thus, Parmar kings are claimed to be evolved through Agnikula and hence they are Agnivansha ("fire clan"). The Agnikula myth of origin which appears in several of inscriptions and literacy works, goes like this: The sage Vishvamitra forcibly took a wish-granting cow from another sage Vashistha on the Arbuda mountain (Mount Abu). Vashistha then conjured a hero from a sacrificial fire-pit (agni-kunda), who defeated Vashistha's enemies and brought back the sacred cow. Vashistha then bestowed the hero with title Parmar (enemy killer). The earliest known source to mention this story is the Nava-Sahasanka-Charita of Padmagupta Parimala, who was a court-poet of the Parmar king Sindhuraja (ca. 997-1010). Although the legend is not mentioned in earlier Parmar era inscriptions or literacy works. By this time, all the neighboring dynasties claimed divine or heroic origin, which might have motivated the Parmar to invent a legend of their own. Later, a legend mentioned in a recension of Prithviraj Raso extended it to include other Rajput dynasties among the fire-born clans. The earliest extant copies of Prithviraj Raso do not contain this legend; this version might have been invented by the 16th century poets who wanted to foster Rajput unity against the Mughal emperor Akbar.

Based on the Agnikula legend, some scholars such as C. V. Vaidya and V. A. Smith speculated that Mount Abu was the original home of the Paramars. Based on the Harsola copper plates and Ain-i-Akbari, Shri D. C. Ganguly believed that they came from the Deccan region.

Parmar Emperor - Vikramaditya

The history states that Emperor Vikramaditya, after whom the famous Vikram era or Bikram Samvant is named and followed, is the most important character of the Parmar dynasty. Ujjain was his Kingdom's capital. According to the Bhavisya Purana, Gandharvasena after ruling for 50 years in Ujjain, had installed his son Sankharaja on the throne. Gandharvasena then went into the forest for meditation. His son Sankharaja died childless after ruling for about 30 years. Gandharvasena returned back and ruled kingdom for another 20 years. In the year 101 BC his second son, Vikramaditya was born. There are very few humans known as creators of eras which are named after them. Vikram is one of them. We all are well aware of the Vikram Samvat in India.

The Vikram Era starts from 57 BCE. This year marks defeat of the invading Sakas (powerful Central Asian Tribes) by King Vikramaditya when Ujjain was invaded. The Vikram Samvat calendar is popular in North and Western parts of India. It is a lunar calendar and the new year begins with 1st day of Chaitra Month. The Government of India has adopted the Saka Calendar (starting 78 AD) for official purposes. The Government of Nepal has been officially following the Vikram Samvat, which is known in Nepal as Bikram Samvat.

At the age of 5 years, Vikram entered a penance for 12 years. Vikram was bestowed with extraordinary power and insights. His elder brother Bhartuhari renounced his throne and the kingdom came to Vikram. King Vikram was known for justice, sagacity, wisdom, velour, charity and generosity.

There are some 32 stories relating to Vikramaditya Simhasan (throne) and they are called Simhasana Batishee. King Shalivahana of Paithana after whom Saka era is named, is said to be Vikram's grand son.

Kaaba and King Vikram

Some excitement has been aroused with the alleged discovery of King Vikram's inscription inside the Kaaba at Mecca. It is alleged that there is a Shiva lingam inside the Kaaba. It is assumed that Arabia had come under the vast extent of King Vikram's empire in the ancient times. It is believed that perhaps Prophet Mohammad had taken the crescent moon emblem for Islam from Shiva's adornment. There are quite a few articles in the Net on this subject

After emperor Vikramaditya, future generations of the Parmar dynasty ruled the Malwa region. Some of them won the battles and expanded the kingdom boundaries while some were also defeated at the hand of the envying neighbors. The details can be found out through books of history. Areas of Rajasthan were also under the rule of Parmar Kshatriyas. In Rajasthan, Parmar predominantly ruled the areas surrounding Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Malwa.

King Bhoja

It is learnt that after Vikramaditya, Sindhuraja's son Bhoja was another most celebrated ruler of the Parmar dynasty. He vigorously made attempts to expand the Parmar kingdom with varying results. At its zenith, Bhoja's kingdom extended from Chittor in the north to upper Konkan in the south, and from the Sabarmati River in the west to Vidisha in the east. He was recognized as a capable military leader. His major claim to fame was his reputation as a scholar-king, who patronized arts, literature and sciences. Noted poets and writers of his time sought his sponsorship. Bhoja was himself a polymath, whose writings cover a wide variety of topics which include grammar, poetry, architecture, yoga, and chemistry. Bhoja established the Bhoj Shala which was a Centre for Sanskrit studies and a temple of Sarasvati in present day Dhar. He is said to have founded the city of Bhojpur. Besides the Bhojeshwar Temple there, the construction of three now-breached dams in that area is attributed to him. Because of his patronage to literary figures, several legends written after his death featured him as a righteous scholar-king. In terms of the number of legends centered around him, Bhoja is comparable to the fabled Vikramaditya.

Parmars adopting Jainism at Upkeshpur (Osian)

Parmar were widely spread in the areas around Ujjain and Ossian in Rajasthan. Some sects of Parmar in Ossian adopted Jainism around 457 BC while others continued as Hindu Kshatriyas. Following details have been compiled through murals, wall scripts at Ossian and few webpages.

Seventy years after Lord Mahavira's Nirvana, Jain Acharya Ratnaprabhsuriji (Vidhyadhar) who possessed super natural powers, was visiting the Upkeshpur, now known as Ossian or Oshiyajee. He impressed upon then king Utppaldev to stop animal sacrifice which was a routine practice at the Devi Chamunda Temple in the area. King Utppaldev had his minister by name Uddarddev. Acharya convinced the King Utppaldev for prohibiting the animal sacrifice in the Chamunda temple in Ossian. He blessed Raja Utpaldev along with other royal family members and convinced Parmar Rajput clan to adopt Jainism. In the process, Utppaldev along with minister Uddaddev and other Parmar Rajput numbering 3,84,000, adopted Jainism in the year 457 BCE. Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji established new sect naming it as Oshwal and all new entrants of Parmar clan who adopted Jainism were then onwards known as Oshwal. It is believed that Devi Chamunda got angry at Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji due to his initiating the prohibition of animal sacrifice at temple and hence she initiated punitive towards him. Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji convinced Chamunda Devi who finally accepted to forgive the animal sacrifice and made a special appearance at the occasion of the Parmar adopting Jainism. Due to Chamunda Devi'sb s just appearance at the time, she was pronounced as Sachiya Mata by the Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji. Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji requested Chamunda Devi to become the Kul Devi of the newly formed Oshwal Vansh or Gotra and due to her special appearance and blessings to the Oswals, he named her as Devi Satyyaki or Satchiya Mata. The Chamunda Temple at Upkeshpur or Ossian is then after known as Sachiya Mata Temple. All Oshwal bow to Sachiya Mata and carry out rituals required to obtain the blessings of the Kul Devi.

Uttpal Dev And Other Parmars Adopting Jainism - Blessed By Ratnaprabhsurijee And Satyaki Devi (Chamunda Devi)

A niche in Mahavir Temple at Ossian contains sculpture depicting the Oshwals adopting Jainism and also intertwined snakes which are worshipped by Oswal Jains as Adhisthayak Dev which they used to worship before adopting Jainism. Thus, Oshwal Jains worship Satchiya Mata as their Kul Devi while Devi Harsiddhi Mata remain as their past Kul Devi or Kul Devi of Parmar gotra.

A photograph of wall script at the entrance of Shri Mahavira Swami Jain Mandir at Ossian

Upkeshpur or Ossian (Oshiyajee)

Evidence suggests that Ossian is a very old settlement. It was known by name Upkespur in the ancient times. Some of its early names include like Uvasisala, Ukesa and Upkespur Patan. In its early history, the town was a center for Brahmanism. It was believed as a major stop for camel caravans during the Gupta period. The town was also recognised as an important center for the Gurjar Pratihar dynasty. It is revealed that after being abandoned for a length of time, the town was re-established by King Utpaladeva. As Utpaladeva adopted Jainism, he turned the town into a center for the religion. However, Jainism had a presence in the town even long before that. The town was obviously prosperous and successful due to the activities at that time. It is believed that when at its peak, the town had more than hundred Jain temples. Ossian is located at a distance of around 60 KM in north-west direction from Jodhpur. Famous Chamunda Devi temple and Mahavir Swami Temple with many other temples are located in this town. Ramdevra, another famous location for pilgrimage to Ramdev Peer is located at close distance to Ossian

Courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramara_dynasty

Lord Mahavir Jinalaya at Osian known as Bhagwan Mahavir Derasar's Mulnayak Mahavir Swami

As per Jinalaya pujari, this lord Mahavir's idol is made from the mixture of river sand and cow milk and is perhaps more than 2400 years old.

Main entrance and stairway to Sachiya Mata temple at Osian or Osiyajee

Goddess Satchayiya Mata Idol at Osiyan

Ossian is an important Jain pilgrimage center for the Maheshwari's and Oswal Jain community. The Mahavir Temple was built here in A. D. 783, is an important tirtha (pilgrimage center) for Jains. It was built by Gurjar Pratihar King Vatsaraja

Muhammad of Ghori and his Turkish and Muslim armies attacked the town in 1195. The people of the city fled during this attack. Most of the city, and most of its temples, were destroyed by invaders. After this attack, the residents did not return and the city was deserted. The Oswal Parmars from Ossian fled in various directions to safer areas like Kutchh, Gujarat, northern Maharashtra and MP. As it was perhaps not possible for Oswals to establish a new township, they formed small groups and moved in various directions seeking permissions from towns and village heads and small-time kingdoms for allowing them to settle in respective areas.

The Parmars of Ossian and surrounding region appears to have continued serpent worship even after their conversion to Jainism and for this reason their parallel worship of Hindu goddess Satchiya Mata by Oswal Jain community seems relevant. The Satchiya Mata Temple is equally old and important. It is situated on a hill north-east of Mahavira Temple, provides some clues to understand the prevailing social history of that period. This Temple was built by Parmar King Upal Dev who was brother of Raja Punj, the son of King 'Bhimsen' (king of Bhinmal).

This Ossian temple has many decorative features of a Jain temple. However, it is dedicated to Satchiya Mata, as Oswal Jains worship here for obtaining blessings of their Kul Devi.

All clans of Oswal Jain community conduct their 'Mundan-Sanskar' in Sachiya Mata Temple.

In Kutchh, Oshwals had settled in three regions. The eastern region known as Vagad, coastal region known as Kanthi and western region known as Abdasa. As the Oshwals in groups spread down further, they adopted different names and identity. Every head of the group carried Satchiya Mata's symbolic idol from Ossian along with idol of serpent deity Naga (Kshetrapal) and Shri Harsiddhi Matajee (Sagat Matajee) who was original Kul Devi of the Parmar Kshatriyas before their adopting Jainism. Theses idols were ceremonially installed at new location of settlement. One such major location was a village Gundala near Mundra port in Kutchh. Oswals installed the Sachiya Matajee's idol along with idols of Kshetrapal and Harsiddhi Mata in a small dehri on the eastern bank of the lake of Gundala village. The idols of Yaksha were also ceremonially installed in another dehri nearby. It is stated that the yakshas were ceremonially installed first and Satchiya Matajee's idol was installed later, both traditionally facing east. It is believed that Sachiya Mataji's idol which was backing Yaksha's idol, was seen turned on its own very next morning in opposite direction facing Yakshas. It is believed by followers that Sachiya Matajee did not liked her back facing Yakshas considering it as dishonor and therefore the Idol changed the position on its own. This incident resulted in increased the faith in Satchiya Matajee by Jain Oswals of Kutchh.

Johars

Traditionally, the disciples of all Satchiya Matajee follow the rituals of offering the yearly prasad which is referred to as Johar. Family headwomen need to prepare the offerings in the form of Lapsi (sweet dish prepared from Wheat bran and Jaggary) and Wheat Laddoos, Makkals also made from wheat bran, Ghee and jaggary. The Johars or prasad is supposed to be offered either on day of Diwali or on Kartika Purnima day in the afternoon.

The mundans (first head shaving) of children of followers is also carried out at Gundala. It is essential for devotees to carry out the Mundan of first child and first Son of the family at Gundala along with offerings of coconut, prasad and child's dress worn at the time. Part of the prasad is offered to deity in the form of neivedh and rest is returned back to devotee for consumption and distribution. Mundan of children in a family after the first child/son then after is carried out at devotee's residence. The regular annual Johar is generally offered to deity at their residence in native village. Some devotees prefer offering the Johar at their native village and not at their place of residence which is generally outside Kutchh. Most of the followers make it a practice to travel to the native village and offer the Johar. It has been observed that different sects are following different methods and ceremonies in their offering Johar and rituals. Albeit, only after obtaining the approval through nominated main worshiper of the deity. The Rambhias of village Nana Bhadia are allowed to install the symbolic idol called Khadi Matajee in the form of riverbed stone (Khadi) which is ceremonially installed by the lady of the newly constituted family while symbolic old Khadi matajee of previous generation is retained and transferred traditionally to one of the son in family with whom parents reside.

Due to constrain in commuting and for convenience, some of the followers have been permitted to install idols at their local village temples where devotee carry out the rituals and as such, they need not travel to village Gundala.

Courtesy
http://www.indianrajputs.com/history/parmar.php
http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=parmar

Haja Family

Karamshi Haja Family (Status updated till 2018)

Karmshi Bapa (Karam Sinh or करमसिंह) and Sava were born to Haja in the village Nana Bhadia of Kutchh. Their house was located behind current Jain Deravasi Moti Dharmashala in the Rambhia falia of the village. As family was expanding and the old house could not accommodate expanding family, Karmshi decided to look around for a bigger house. Rambhia falia appeared to be saturated and did not had scope for building new house. Perhaps any other old house also was not available which Karmshi could purchase. The brothers jointly decided to look around for alternate accommodation possibly in the village Nana Bhadia itself. The population of Nana Bhadia in those days mainly comprised of Dhal Rajputs, migrant Jains, Brahmins, Muslims and Harijans. Incidentally, Dhal Rajputs had plans for consolidation of their families and were also preparing to shift to nearby village called Tragadi. Karmshi and his brothers took the opportunity and purchased two houses in a raw at the entrance of Nano Vas falia which was predominantly Rajput residence area. Rajputs in the old times used to stay in the fortified or secured places and such secluded small places were generally known as Vas.

The first house was purchased by Sava, father of Nenshi and Ghela. This house was subsequently divided in two parts for his son's occupation. The front part was given to Ghela and rear part to Nenshi. Currently Ghela's part is in possession of his younger son Khetshi. The rear house was occupied by Nenshi's widow Mathabai. This house is currently in the possession of the Mathabai's daughter, Nenbai's son.

The second house was purchased by Karmshi. He had two sons named Ratanshi and Kanji. Since the house was big, it was divided in two parts. The western part with angan was given to Ratanshi while eastern part with back yard and main entrance called Delly was given to Kanji. Traditionally Kanji Bapa passed down the possession of this part of house to his youngest son Lalji. Similarly, Ratanshi's house was given to his youngest son Gagu Kaka (Shamji). Later, Lalji's son Devchand purchased the Gagu Kaka's house from Gagu Kaka's widow as Gagu Kaka's son Dilip had expired in the young age and married daughters did not wish to occupy it.

House of Karmshi Bapa

Karmshi Bapa Family

Karmshi Haja is stated to be an enterprising and ambitious person. The details are extracted from family sources and compiled through late Smt. Nanbai Lalji. It is believed that Karmshi in his prime time had ventured to Mumbai and other areas where he indulged in to wholesale grain business and made fortune. At the age of around 45, he decided to call it a day and returned back to Nana Bhadia with good amount of fortune with him. He then started farming and money lending business at Nana Bhadia. He carried prominent emblem as KARAMSINH HAJA NE PAISA TAJA, indicating his status of a rich person who was ready with money any time. Unfortunately, his prosperity did not very longer due to continued onslaught of droughts for almost twelve years at a stretch in the region and also on account of marriages of his three daughters. His both sons Ratanshi and Kanji were brought up in a lavished manner and they were unprepared to face the demanding situation for providing helping hand to their dignified father. Family's prosperity started declining by then. The next generation just did not know how to survive and cope up with the situation.

Kanji was a spiritual by nature and had interest in nature, literature and religion. He collected lots of books of his interest. Occasionally he used to preach at village dharma sthanak. He lived very humble and simple life. Kalji was married to Panbai from village Talvana. He had three sons, Valji, Morarji and Lalji. All three sons studied at Nana Bhadia school up to 4th standard and were generally engaged in farming activity. Valji was elder son. Between Valji and Morarji, there were three daughters who did not survive. Hence between Valji and Morarji, there is a gap of about 8 years. Valji married to Panbai (Jr.), daughter of Tokershi Keshav Nandu of Nana Bhadia at the age of around 20 years.

Since Kalji Bapa depended on agricultural income, his family was not in well to do state. Moved by plight of sister's family, Kalji's brother-in-law worked out a plan for improving the financial condition of the family and proposed a plan. He suggested that elder son Valji then aged around 26 years, to stay at Nana Bhadia for carrying out farming and looking after the parents while Morarji aged around 18 years and Lalji aged 14 years to move out to Mumbai for better prospects. The plan was accepted and Morarji and Lalji came to Mumbai with their maternal uncle. Initially they both worked at uncle's shop located at Madanpura in Mumbai near Byculla. After the period of approx. six years, somewhere near around 1938, Morarji and Lalji both gained confidence and they decided to get in to independent retail grain business with the help and guidance of their uncle.

Morarji-Age 24 and Lalji-Age 20 bought two shops located in close proximity in a lane known as Umerkhadi near Sandhurst Road station in Mumbai. Lalji started his business under the trade name Lalji Kanji & Co while Morarji carried out business under name Shah Morarji Kanji.

Among the three brothers, Lalji was prominent, intelligent and enterprising. Morarji's and Lalji's business was going on well and they started gathering some wealth which helped both to get married. Morarji married to Nenbai from village Bidada at about age of 28 years. He had Sons Bhimshi, Nagji and daughters Nirmala and Zaver. After about 12 years, Nenbai prematurely died due to bad mental health. Lalji arranged for Morarji's second marriage as his children were very young then. Morarji married to Keshar from village Bidada in the year 1953. From second marriage, he had son Ramanik.

Lalji Bapa at the age of 28 years, married to Nanbai, a second daughter of Tokershi Keshav Nandu of Nana Bhadia. Thus, brothers Valji and Lalji become brother in laws to each other. After Lalji's marriage, family was divided and due to customary practice and prevailing family culture, younger son Lalji had to take responsibility of maintaining parents and as per mutually agreed terms, he took the responsibility of taking care of old parents and sizable family debt. He inherited properties like old house and agriculture land named as Moro. The late marriages of both brothers were on account of poor financial condition of the family. After the marriage, Lalji's business started in the right earnest and his prosperity started rising. With accumulated wealth, he squared up the debts of the family. His first child Laxmi was born in the year 1946. She survived till the age of 1 year and 8 months only. She died due to fever and Pneumonia since limited medical support was available in the village. The second child, Devchand was born in the year 1948. At this juncture, the family became debt free. At this point, Kanji could then relaxed as all family debt was wiped out by Lalji. However, Kanji died in the year 1949 due to stroke which lasted for couple of days. After Devchand, Ranjan (Ratan), Dhiraj and Pravin were added to Lalji's family. Ranjan was born at Nana Bhadia while Dhiraj and Pravin were born at Mumbai.

Lalji's prosperous father-in-law, Tokershibhai who had only two daughters and lived in Nandu falia of Nana Bhadia, expired in the year 1954. Nanbai inherited part of his property like house in Nadu Falia, three small fields, dellas behind Jain Derasar, (store rooms) and open plot (Wada) at western bank of village river from her father Tokarshi Keshav Nandu.

At around 1951, Lalji decided to shift his family to Mumbai. He managed a room in Umerkhadi near his shop. Due to unfamiliarity with Mumbai, loneliness and mental disturbance, Nanbai returned back to Nana Bhadia in the year 1952. After few months, Lalji could locate another better place for residence near the shop and Nanbai returned back to Mumbai with children. All children were sent to community school, Shri C V O D Jain High School at Samuel street also known as Palagali School.

Panbai- Dadi Maa used to live alone at Nana Bhadia after departure of Lalji's family. Her eldest son Valji and Panbai (Jr.) were living in separate house in the village. Lalji arranged a company for Panbai Maa. Lakhoo Maharaj and Nanbai - a caring Rajgor couple were provided accommodation on rent at Gagu kaka's house next door. Meantime Valji's wife Panbai (Jr.) died in the year 1958 as she was suffering from tuberculosis. Lalji then requested Valji to join and stay with mother Panbai. Valji obliged and started staying with mother. Due to old age, Panbai Maa expired in the year 1961. Morarji who was staying in Mumbai, shifted to Nana Bhadia with his second wife. He used to smoke and was suffering from Asthma. His business did not do well after second marriage and due to ill health and ever rising financial problems, he shifted to a rented accommodation in Nana Bhadia. His third son Ramanik was born at Nana Bhadia around the year 1960. Bhimshi from his very young age was sent to work at Gagu Kaka's shop at Borivali while Nagji was enrolled in a boarding school while Nirmala and Zaver, both were put in Kanya Chhatralaya. Morarji died at Nana Bhadia in the year 1962. Valji suffered a stroke and he expired in the year 1969 at Nana Bhadia. Nanbai and Lakhoo Maharaj took care of both Panbai and Valji in their old age at Nan Bhadia. Lalji picked up opportunity of purchasing a Varanda with advice and support of his friend near village mosque in the year 1968. Lalji Purchased second house near the existing house at Nana Bhadia in the year 1970. After Valji's death, the old house at Nana Bhadia remained locked. Later due to insufficient care, the old mud house collapsed. Lakhoo Maharaj and Nanbai continue to stay at the adjacent dilapidated house till 1975.

The second house purchased by Lalji was an old house where Amit's Chir-Jowar were performed in the year 1974. This house was rebuilt in the year 1976, just few months before Dhiraj's marriage. Lalji and Nanbai used to visit Nana Bhadia frequently after the new house was built. Lalji suffered a stroke in the year 1984 and recovered but was unable to move independently. Family meantime shifted to Chembure from Umrekhadi where he expired on 5th December 1988 at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. By virtue of family arrangements, Devchand was separated in the year 1981 and he moved to Jagdusha Nagar in Ghatkopar. The family was further split in the year 1997. Pravin shifted to a house at Subhash Nagar in chembure and Dhiraj with Nanbai Maa shifted to at Jagdusha Nagar. Devchand moved to a new house nearby in the year 1997. Nanbai's movements were constrained due to knee problems as she could not move around. She went to heavenly abode (Samadhi Mrutyu) very peacefully and quitely on 5th February 2015 at age of 86 years.

Family details of Lalji Kanji Rambhia

Name Status Birth Marriage Remarks
Lalji Kanji Rambhia Self 1918 1934 Expired on 5th December 1988. At Chembure, Mumbai
Nanbai Lalji Rambhia Wife 1930 1934 Expired on 5th February 2015. At Ghatkopar, Mumbai
Devchand Lalji Rambhia Son 1948 1973
Ranjan Manilal Savla Daughter 1950 1972
Dhiraj Lalji Rambhia Son 1952 1975
Pravin Lalji Rambhia Son 1954 1981

Devchand studied at Shri C V O D Jain High School, Samuel St. Mumbai, at Khalsa College, Matunga, Mumbai. He studied Mechanical Engineering (1970) at M. H. S. S. College of Engineering in Mumbai. He worked at National Rayon Corporation Ltd., Mohone and at Hindustan Lever Ltd. He started his own Project and Engineering consultancy service in the names Dynamic Engineering and Rambhia Consultancy Services in the year 1995.

Devchand married to Jaya (daughter of late Shri Sunderben and Vijpal Tejshi Savla of Kalyan, village Ramania). Jaya and Devchand have two sons -Amit and Nikit. Amit studied at St. Joseph School, Sandhurst Road, at North Bombay High School, Ghatkopar, Computer Engineering at Vivekananda College of Engineering and Post-Graduation through IIT (Indore). Nikit studied at North Bombay High School, Somaiya College and passed out with MBA

Vardhaman Computers was established in the year 1998 by both Amit and Nikit. Vardhaman Technology Pvt. Ltd was established in the year 2007. The company got listed on NSE-SME platform in April 2017 at Mumbai as Panache Digilife Ltd. Family also took over Ruby Traders and Exports Ltd. in the year 2015 which was subsequently re-named as Panache Innovations Ltd.

Family decided to construct a house at ancestral place in Nana Bhadia. The new house was constructed in the year 2013 named KALPATARU.

Amit married to Deepa (Hyderabad, Navinar). Amit and Deepa have a daughter Sara and a son Siddharth. Nikit married to Kavita (Parel, Wadala) in the year 2003 and have two sons, Aditya and Jay.

There are quite a few personalities from this family who had realized the values and substance of the human existence in its true form.

Spiritual Background

One of the most important and outstanding personality is Late Shri Shamjibhai who renounced the world and took penance and he became an Aacharya of Shri Parshwchandra Gatchha by name P.P. Shri Sagarchandra Surishwarji Maharaj. He was born in V.S. 1943. He took penance in the year V.S. 1958.

Ratanshi Bapa (Kanji's brother) had Five sons and two daughters. Two of his sons, namely Visanji and Bhavanji took penance. Vasanji was known as P.P. Shri Vriddhichandraji Maharaj. He mostly preached in the areas around Ahmedabad, Khambhat and in Rajasthan.

Bhavanji was known as P.P.Shri Ramchandra Maharaj. He too preached in the areas of Ahmedabad, Khambhat and Rajasthan. In the latter part, he was follower of Shrimad's philosophy and was delivering sermons based on Shrimad's philosophy.

Shadhvi P.P. Shri Vivekshree Maharaj also belonged to the family. She was Sis-in-law to P.P. Shree Sagarchandraji Maharaj. She expired at grand age of 105 years at Nana Bhadia. All these Sadhu/Sadhvi Bhagvant belong to Shri Parshwachandra Gatchha.

In the current generations, there are P. Shri Prashant Muni who is son of Morarji's daughter Nirmala Ben. Morarji's daughter Nirmala also took penance, now known as P. Shri Anjanabai Mahasati. Both bellong to Sthanakwasi Moti Paksh.

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