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History about Anjana Desai in Gujarat
During the colonial era, the ruling prince of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad,
ruled much of the north Gujarat region. The ruler often awarded the last name ‘Desai’
to the group of people who demonstrated outstanding services to their communities.
The Anjanas who got ‘Desai’ award retained their last name as
Anjana Desai of Gujarat are primarily cultivators and hence usually land owners.
Desai are Anjana Chaudhary too. They are in SEBC category and called Anjana Chaudhari.
The Anjana Chaudhary is also referred to as ‘JAGIRDAR’ or ‘ZAMINDAR’
(one who possesses land).
They mostly live in the Mehsana and Sabarkantha district. Those districts have many
Anjana Desai villages like Kheralu, Mudeti, Vasai, Kadiyadra, Bhadresar etc. where
a sizeable population lives.
Kuldevi Arbuda Mata
According to the Bhat and Charan history books, the origin of the Anjana Chaudhary
is related to the eight sons of Sahastraarjun. When Parashurama set out to kill
the Kshatriyas, he came to Sahastraarjun, who was a powerful Kshatriya king, and
killed him and 92 of his sons in battle. The remaining eight sons were protected
by the goddess Arbuda, on Mount Abu. Parashurama did not hurt them on the condition
that they give up their shastra (weapons). Arbuda assured Parashurama that the Kshatriyas
would never again wield a weapon but instead serve Mother Earth. Thereafter they
took up agriculture and are found in various parts of India to this day. Arbuda
is the kuldevi of Anjana Chaudhari.
It is believed that the origin of the caste’s name comes from the goddess Anjani
Mata, the mother of Hanuman, as the Anjana caste members were followers of the goddess.
Stories of Bravery and Heroism
Anjanas are naturally warlike and aggressive in battle, and possess qualities like
courage, loyalty, Hardworking, self-sufficiency, physical strength, fighting tenacity,
and military strategy.
There are numerous undocumented episodes on bravery of Anjanas. Also, women fought
alongside of their men. Land of North Gujarat and Rajasthan are strewn with memorial
stones marking the deaths of brave Anjanas.
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