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Bar­bod­han is a vil­lage in the Surat Dis­trict of west­ern India, on the north bank of the River Tapti. It comes within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Olpad Taluka.

Bar­bod­han is a vil­lage in the Surat Dis­trict of west­ern India, on the north bank of the River Tapti. It comes within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Olpad Taluka. Ac­cord­ing to local folk­lore, the name Bar­bod­han comes from the Ara­bic Bāb Adenor “Gate­way to Aden“.[1] It is known that at one time Mus­lims trav­el­ling to Meccaon pil­grim­age would pass through this vil­lage on their way to the sea­port of Surat, hence the name. Some sources sug­gest that the vil­lage was named after the Por­tuguese fac­tor and trav­eller Duarte Bar­bosa, though this seems un­likely as he never ac­tu­ally resided in the area. More re­cently though the vil­lage Bar­bod­han has be­come known as the ‘Golden Vil­lage’. The vil­lage has ex­isted for many years, and tomb­stones in the grave­yard in­di­cate that Mus­lims were buried there some three to four hun­dred years ago. Ac­cord­ing to one source the first In­dian Mus­lims to set­tle here were sev­eral broth­ers with the sur­name Rawat, who came from Nasir­poor Bhatti, a place near Navsari.

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