About Barbodhan


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બરબોધન, बर्रबोधन
town ગામ
Coordinates: 21°13′N 72°42′E
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Nearest citySurat

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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The Diaspora of Barbodhanis

Bar­bod­ha­nis have al­ways in­ter­ested in trade and com­merce and trav­elled to for­eign lands, un­der­tak­ing long sea voy­ages. Peo­ple left Bar­bod­han in the early 19th cen­tury to set­tle in Burma, where they es­tab­lished many busi­nesses and were great en­tre­pre­neurs; a num­ber of them even be­came ad­vi­sors to the Burmese rulers. Then from in the 1840s many other em­i­grants from Bar­bod­han went to the is­land of Mau­ri­tius, where they were later re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing hy­dro­elec­tric power, as well as being in­volved in other trad­ing and busi­ness con­cerns. The first Mus­lim mayor in Mau­ri­tius was orig­i­nally from Bar­bod­han.

Then came the mi­gra­tion to Eng­land from the 1950s to the 1970s. Once im­mi­gra­tion to the United King­dom be­came more dif­fi­cult, a num­ber of Bar­bod­hi­ans then left for Canada par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the pe­riod from the 1970s to the 1990s. A con­sid­er­able num­ber of Bar­bod­hi­ans un­der­took fur­ther mi­gra­tions from one of these coun­tries to an­other; such as from Burma to Eng­land, Eng­land to Canada or Mau­ri­tius to England.[2] De­spite the fact that Bar­bod­han is only a small vil­lage, its peo­ple have made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions in so­ci­eties around the world.[2] Bar­bod­hi­ans have set up many Waqfs or Re­li­gious Foun­da­tions to help poor, needy, dis­ad­van­taged and un­for­tu­nate mem­bers of so­ci­ety, par­tic­u­larly in Burma and Mau­ri­tius.

The largest pop­u­la­tion of Bar­bod­hi­ans out­side India is in BoltonGreater Man­ches­ter, where the com­mu­nity set­tled in the 1950s and 1960s. The first ever Elected Mem­ber on Bolton Coun­cil of In­dian ori­gin was from Bar­bod­han. There is also a large num­ber of set­tlers from Bar­bod­han in Pre­ston, also in Lan­cashire, where the Bar­bod­han Mus­lim Wel­fare So­ci­ety (UK) was set as early as 1960.

There are cur­rently two mosques, two tem­ples, one madressa, one school and one li­brary in the vil­lage. There is a large pond in the vil­lage of Bar­bod­han which is the biggest pond in the Olpad Taluka. It cov­ers an area of around 999 vigha (250 acres/101.17 hectares).


All the Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion re­sid­ing in the vil­lage are classed as Surti Sunni Vohra Mus­lims, or Surti Mus­lims fol­low­ing the De­obandiTab­lighi Ja­maat Move­ment.

Some com­mon sur­names at­trib­uted to the vil­lage are (Atcha/Atchia/ATTCHA), ADIYA/Adia, NALLA, MULLA, KALLA (KALA), NANA, Ghanchi, PATEL,/Esa/ISA, Rawat, RAJA, (Jeewa//JIVA), JINA, Makda, ABU, and … live other vil­lagers LI­MALIYA (KAWAS), Attan (KOSAD), AHEMEDJI), NANI NAROLI, sushi­wala (surat) gan­gat, Shah, Shaikh, Gulzar, Ra­j­jab etc..

A num­ber of Hindu fam­i­lies have set­tled in the UK par­tic­u­larly in Pre­ston from Kenya


Rama Newsprint and Pa­pers Ltd have a large mill com­plex in Bar­bod­han, cov­er­ing over 450 acres (1.8 km2). It is India’s largest pri­vate sec­tor com­pany pro­duc­ing this com­mod­ity in a sin­gle location.[3] the paper mill, glass fac­tory, farm­ing agri­cul­ture, poul­try farm, fish­ing etc.


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