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Kara Samji Abhwani


Place of birth Dodhia, Kathiawar
Country of birth India
Address (Home or Hospital) Home


Place of Death Sarmat, Jamnagar District
Name of Cemetery and plot no Navgam Khoja Kabrastan, Dodhia
Place of longest stay Sarmat
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Farmer
Where Jamnagar
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Father
Full name Samji Abhwani
Spouse
Full name Amarmaa Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Lalji Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Kanji Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Manji Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Mawji Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Nanbai Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Kesarbai Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Rehmatbai Kara Samji Abhwani
Child
Full name Ratanbai Kara Samji Abhwani


KARA BABA, as the Abhwani family remembers him by, was born in Dodhia, one of the Navgham villages, where the Khojas had settled after their move from Kutch around 1770. He was a landless peasant working for a living, on local farms.

He had been working in Vasai for 10 years, when some important shipping businessmen, of the Bhatia caste, came to him with a proposition. They would buy some land in Sarmat for him to cultivate, if he was willing to maintain a watering hole for sacred cows. The Bhatia’s were wealthy Hindus and this was a religious duty for them.

So Kara bapa created a watering area and maintained it well. It was hard work as during the day, the cows would use the pond but at night the camels would make it dirty. So every early morning, the area had be cleaned –200 litres of water a day had to be brought in leather water bags from a distant well etc.

Kara bapa did such a good job that the Bhatia sethias bosses eventually gave him the land as a gift.

Since there were no homes on that land, the family built thatched roof huts and gradually expanded it into a homestead.