OVER VIEW OF PRAGPUR – 2001
We are known as “Kutchi Visa Oswal” because we lived in Kutch so “Kutchi”, observe 20 rules and regulations therefore “Visa” and originated from “Oswal” caste in Marwad so “Oswal”.
Surname and gotra: Kshatriyas have 6 gotras, and in totality there are 87 branches to it, that means there are 87 surnames in all for these 6 gotras. Below given is the gotras pertaining to surnames in our village.
- Chavda gotra :
- Chauhan gotra:
- Bheda …7 other
- Bhattha gotra
- Soni…4 other
- Rathod gotra
- Sangoi…13 other
- Solanki gotra
- Satra…13 other
- Parmar gotra
- Maru…30 other
The region in which we live is Kutch, and in Sanskrit language it means a “Turtle” or “A Place Surrounded by Water”. Geographically Kutch is in fact surrounded by sea and dessert. Unfortunately this beautiful homeland was hit by drought time and again, other natural calamities and scarcity of sources of income other than farming. So after the year 1870 because of all these reasons to run the household and livelihood people travelled overseas for 4 to 5 days with great hardships and came to “Mumbai”, which in those days was considered as a foreign land. Today we have created a prominent impression of our resourcefulness in business, worldwide. Moreover, nationally and internationally to the Kutchi’s have mixed in the society like sugar in milk for long lasting survival.
“Kutchi Maadu” represents our personality brimming with self-esteem and vanity. Our customs and traditions are different so we stand out separate. We are passionate and vital. We hold matchless love for our relatives, family and friends. Our language may sound little impolite but one can find conviction of sweetness and kindness in the conversation. Where so ever we may live but we inherently are helpful to our fellowmen and country with great valour, bravery and generously when a natural calamity or other misery occurs. Because we are originally Kshatriyas we treat even foreigners as our own fellowmen, thus we are famous as “Kutchi Maadu” and so we take pride in being “Kutchi”.
FOUNDATION OF PRAGPUR - “TORAN BANDHAYA”
About 140 years back, in 1861 BC, Vikram Samvat 2017 on the auspicious day of “Dashera” the 1st King of Kutch, Shri Pragjimal ji laid the foundation of the village with his good hands. (Toran bandhavyu). The village is named “Pragpur” in memory of his highness, the king. Eventually, the kutchi veesa oswal Jain community came from nearby villages and lived here.
Kutch is one of the largest district of Gujrat, this district consist of 10 Talukas, -Mudra is one of them. Out of about 61 villages of Mundra, this small, beautiful village with spacious and parallel streets is our delightful “Pragpur”!
In modern times we call it “Town planning” but even in that period construction of parallel and spacious streets along with similar type house plans in construction was taken care of. For visitors and families a different sitting arrangements and provisions for fresh air and sun light was made skillfully in 1number land (appx.32”x64”) with courtyard surrounded by a construction in front and at the back of it. The beautifully constructed houses form a landscaping view. The highway passing from the village is also pollution free and clean like the streets in the village.
Karaghogha is at the North of Pragpur, Kapaya is at the South, Bharora is at the east side and Samaghogha is in the west. All these are connected to the main road with coal tar road. National highway no.8 passes nearby our village from where the ultramodern developed “Adani Port” is apprx.16 km away, Bhuj is 45 km away, Mundra 8 km away, 72 Jain temples are 30 km away, Mandvi 41 km, Bhadreshwar-vasai tirth 25 km, Gandhidham 62 km and Ahmedabad 435 km away. Including the border the village has approx. 1480 acres of area.
Harijaan vaas is to the North of village. Here Kalka maa temple is there. Vamasaar reservoir is little ahead. At obey of the reservoir, temple like structures of Vachara peer and Puno peer are constructed.
To the east hanuman temple, next to it is Jawahar Awas Yojna office, Government authorized Ration shop and a water supply tank by Gram panchayat is situated. Further in the east is Meethi vaav(step-well) and on the land donated in memory of shri Ravji Shivji Sangoi is a complex built in memory of Shri Bhanji Lakhamshi Gala managed by the tradesman guild for drinking water. To the right corner is Jakhkh dada place. Two farms away from there is “Bhukhi River”. There is a reputably regarding this river-about 125years back a devotee was unable to cross the river because of abundant of water in the river. He remained hungry and thirsty for some time in order to cross the river and got angry on the river and cursed by saying” you did not let me cross you, kept me thirsty and hungry so you too, will be ever “hungry” and so it is said that that since then the water does not flow for long and it is named “bhukhi river”.
To the south of the village is Gokhruwaad; towards the south west is a cemetery for cremation of dead bodies and a place to keep logs of wood for cremation and a rest room for the cremator.
Inviting huge outskirts are at the west side, a bus stand with a facility of seating arrangements is there. A trough for the cattle for drinking water, a flour mill, 3 safe shelter locations for the pigeons, a place for washing clothes, a school for the village children with a large open ground, A bathroom for gents and beside there is a huge banyan tree to keep the mind and body at peace and cool respectively. Next to it is Nandigruh for cattle care in order to increase number of cattle as it is a mode of generating income.
Passing away the last sewer adjacent to the outskirts is Shah Bukhari Peer (Shamraj Peer) dargah and close by is a small Shitala mata temple. A little further is a cow dairy, going further on about at a distance of half a km or so to the 4 cross roads of national highway 8, one side is Ashapura maa temple,Pragpur road bus station,Sheetal dhara(water Kiosk) and other side is famous Bhagvan Mahaveer Pashu raksha Kendra is situated,This large complex is known as “Ahinsa Dhaam” , a veterinary hospital, a bird feeding centre and a museum for being compassionate and kind to the life of birds and animals is inside the complex.
If we enter from western side of the village outskirts on the highway that passes through the village then to the left of the first street is a guest house and a health centre managed by Shri cha koti jain Sangh. And to the right side of the street is Shri cha koti Jain sangh’s primary religious centre (upashray).
On the highway moving towards east in the second street to the left is Shri cha koti Jain sangh’s upashray and Imam Peer (Ameela) is situated, and at the left corner is Madarsa Peer. To the right of the street is Shri cha koti jain sangh’s old guest house.
Moving ahead on the highway in the third street to the left right in the middle is a reputed public library and on top of it is a chabutra ( a platform like structure) for birds to eat grains. Jain Eatery is next to it, at the side of the eatery is the store room of the Mahajan (Guild) and opposite to it is an old well known as “Khari vaav”.
Moving on, on the highway in the fourth street in the left corner and other side are two sthanak/upashray of shri aanth koti nani paksh. And to the right side of the street is … “Jyotsanaben Public Hospital” and pathology laboratory managed by Jivibai Morarji Trust.
Ahead on the highway after the fifth street in the village towards east is a Hanuman Temple.