Gotra Bachhavat is a sub-gotra of Bothra.
Origin of Bachhavat gotra
Samdharii was a very intelligent and scholarly person. He gave high education to his son Tejpal. Whn Tejpal was 25 years old his father expired Tejpal took contracts in Gujrat and earned a lot of money and fame. In V. 1377 he spent Rupees Three Lacs in the organization of Pat Mahotsav of Acharya Jinkushal Suri. He anaged a Sangh for Shatrunjaya, and did many good deeds. Once he was travelling towards Sametshikharji, Mohamedans attacked him, but he defeated them and won the battle.
After Tejpal, Vilaha was his successor. He was also a grand personality like his father and grandfather. He had three sons named Kadva. Dharan, and Nanda
Kadva was named ‘bitter’, but his qualities were as sweet as nectar. He returned to Mewar and met Ranaji. Ranaji also honoured him. After a few days when Sultan of Madavgarh attacked Chitor. At that time he made discourse with Sultan with such intelligence that Sultan went back without fighting. This event impressed Ranaji. Ranaji honoured him with many horses and appointed him his Chief Minister.
Moraji was son of Kadvaji. He also did many good deeds. His son was Mandavji. Mandavji reside at Veerampur. The son of Mandavji was Udoji. Udoji was the father of two sons named Narpal and Nagdave. Nagdaveji was faterh of Jaisalji and Veeramji. Jaisalji had three son named Bachhrajji, Devrajji, and Hansrajji. Family of Bachhrajji was named ‘Bachhavat’.
Bachhrajji was the Minister of Rao Ridmalji of Mandore. When a mis-understanding got created between Maharana Kumbha and Jodhaji the son of Ridmalji. At that time, Ridmalji went to Chitore with Bachhrajji came back to Mandore with Jodhaji.
Rao Jodhaji honoured Bachhraji and appointed him the Minister of Mandore. Rao Jodhaji had two queens Navrangde and Jasmade. Bikaji and Bidaji were sons of Navrangde and Nimbaji, Sujaji and Sanalji were sons of Jasmade.
Bikaji established a new kingdom Bikaner with the help of his uncle Kandhalji, brother jogavatji, Bidaji, Minister Bachhrajji and Kothari Chauthmalji. At village Kauji he established Kodamdesar. In V. 1541 he built a fot on Ratighati and named the city Bikaner.
Bachhrajji founded village Bacchasar near Bikaner. He arranged a sangh for Shatrunjay and Presented every sangh-member a plate-full of Laddus along with a gold coin. The entire ‘sangh’ also honored him. Rao Bikaji honoured him with the title of ‘Parbhumi Panchanan’ When the travelled on foot to Devrajh Nagar (Multan Pakistan) with Acharya Jinkushal Suri, his gotra was named Bachhavat.
Rao Lunkaranji, the successor of Rao Bikaji, appointed Bachhavat Karamseeji as his Minister. Karamseeji established a city named Karamseesar. He also build a jain temple of Lord Neminath at Bikaner. He arranged ‘Sangh’ of Shatrunjaya, Girnar and Abu. And presented a plateful of Laddus with a golden coin to all the members of the Sangh. He lost his life heroically in the battle field of Narvol along with Lodi Hajikhan.
Bachhavat Varsingh ji
Bachhavet Varsingh was Diwan of Rao Jetseei of Bikaner. Varsinghji was father of Meghraj Nagraj. Amarsee, Bhojraj, and Doongarsee. The family of Doongarsee named Doongarani.
Bachhavat –agraj ji
Nagraj was also Divan. He lived in the service of he Emperar. By the orders of the Emperor he managed a Sangh for satrunjaya. At the time of femine he distributed corn of Rs. 3 lacs free to the poor persons. He wen to Deraour of Sindh province to worship the Acharya Shri Jinkushal Suri. Nagrajji created a new city named Naggasar. Sangramsingh was son of Nagrajji.
Bachhavat Sangramsingh ji
Sangramsingh was Diwan of Rao Jetseeji of Bikaner. Sangramsingh also arranged a Sangh for Shatrunjaya in the leadership of Acharya jin Manakya Suri. Karamchand was son of Sangramsinghji.
Bachhavat Karamchand ji
Bachhavat Karamchand was son of Pradhansangramsinghji Bachhavat. He was Diwan of Maharaja Raisinghji. In his time Acharya Shri Jinchandra Suri arrived in Bikaner. There was a grand stable of Karamchand in Manakchowk of Bikaer. There stay the Acharya and his follow Monks. Ths place is now known as ‘Bada Upasara’ Now Manakchowk is called ‘Rangdi’ Shri Karamchandji arranged the Chaturmas of the Acharya there Female Jain Monks stay in his cow stable now named as ‘Chhota Upasara’.
Karamchand was transferred to the services of the Emperor, so he wen to Agra. Emperor Akbar was much impressed with the ability of Karamchandji. On the request of the Emperor Karmchandji Suriji to Ladhore, where the Emperor met the Acharya. Akbar was muc impressed by met the Acharya. Akbar Sacrificed eating non-veg and also edible root vegetables and took oath of celibacy etc. The Emperor became his disciple, honoured the Acharya with Chhanvar and Chhatra. (Royal umbrella).
Emperor Akbar was not a learned person but had a desire to know the truth, so he called many monks of all religion and arranged a discourse among them. The main competition was between the Maulvi and the Acharya Shri Jinchandra Suri. Maulvi and the Acharya Shri Jinchandra Suri. Maulvi sent his cap in the sky by Mantras then the Acharya called back the cap on the ground Acharya made the dark night into full moon night. The Molvi was defeated. Emperor issued the notice to all the Subedars and Jagirdars that no one should criticize or tyranny any religion bu respect the other religion.
Acharya Shri Heervijay Suriji also impressed him a lot. Emperor called both the Acjaryas as sun and Moon. When Shamsher Khan looted Sirohi Shri Karamchand collected 1500 jain idols of all types and installed them in Chintamani Jain Temple of Bikaner. Karamchandji, ordered in whole Bikaner. State that no big oven can be used in the Parjushan festival of Jains.
Mostly Oswals used to believe their Bhats because the original History of Oswals was with them and they do not respect the Jain Yati so Karamchandi collected the entire of history from the Bhats and dumped it in the well of Manakchowk of Bikane and ordered Yati Ramlali to write the new History of Oswals1.
Bachhavat Shri Kanahayalal Mehta – Udaipur
He was the first ICS officer. He was born in V. 1971. He was I the lineage of Shri Karmchandji Bachhavat. His grandfather was Shri Pannalal Mehta, Diwan of Udaipur. He went to England in V. 1989 for further education. He became captain of Tennis team of London. He became a barrister in V. 1992.He was elected president of the Badminton club of London. He passed Indian Civil Services examinations in V. 1993 of all types and installed them in Chantamani Jain Temple of Bikaner. Karamchandji. Ordered in whole Bikaner State that no big oven can be used in the Parjushan festival of Jains.
Mostly Oswals used to believe their Bhats because the original History of Oswals was with them and they do not respect the Jain Yati so Karamchandji collected the entire of history from the Bhas and dumped it in the well of Manakchowk of Bikane and ordered YATi Ramlalji to write the new History of Owsals1.
Bachhavat Shri Kanahayalal Mehta –Udaipur
He was the first ICS officer. He was born in V. 1971. He was in the lineage of Shri Karmchandji Bachhavat. His grandfather was Shri Pannalal Mehta. Diwan of Udaipur. He went to England in V. 1989 for further education. He became captain of Tennis team of London. He became a barrister in V. 1992. He was elected president Indian Civil Services examinations in V. 1993.
Bachhavat Mehta Agarchandji – Udaipur
His father was Mehta Prithvirajji Maharana Arsinghji appointed him Pradhan of the State. He was a grea politician and a good administrator. Maharana gave him the estate of was in the possession of he rebels, and was attacked by the Marathas and Mughals every now and then. Agarchandji wo the fort and took the possession. Maharana wrote a letter mentioning that the fort would remain the property of the family of Agarchandji Mehta Shri Jaswantsingh Jhala of Gogunda declared that the prince Ratansingh was the would-be king of Udaipur. A few nobles and Sindhia Marathas were also with him This created a dispute. In V. 1825 Mehta Agarchand was arrested by the Sindiyas, henc a treaty was made between Maharana ad Sindiya. According to the treaty Maharana had to hand over had the districts of Javad. Neemach, Jeeran and Morvan were handed over to them on mortgage. Mehta Agarchandji remained Pradhan in he times of Maharan Arsinghji Hamirsinghji and Maharana Bhimsinghji till V. 1857. His son’s name was Devisingh.
Mehta Shersinghji – Udaipur
He was the third son of Mehta Agarchandji when maharaja became angry with Mehta Ramsingji, he was deputed Diwan of the State in his place. In this way he had been Diwan of the State three four times. He was leninent in administration, so he was not a successful Diwan of the States, though he fought many wars bravely.
Bachhavat Mehta Devichandji Udaipur
He was appointed of Maharana Bhimsinghji. By the pressure of Jhala Jalamsingh. Maharana ordered Devichandji to hand over the fort of Mandalgarh three times but he did not hand over the possession. Then Jalamsinghji attacked the fort but was defeated and ran away. Maharana praised him for his fearlessness and again appointed him Pradhan of the state in V. 1875.
Vachhavat Mehta Goulchand - Udaipur
He was the grandson of Mehta Devichandji. He was also appointed Pradhan of Udaipur three times between V. 1916 to 1935 in the times of Maharana Swarropsinghji Sambhoosinghji and Sajjansinghji respectively. In V. 1931 a new department of Mahakamakhas was crated. At that time he was appointed the Chief minister. He was the last Oswal Pradhan. He died inV. 1936.
Bacchavat Mehta Pannalalji – Udaipur
He was the nephew of Gokulchandji. He was the Diwanof Udaipur in the times of Maharana Swaroopsinghji. In V. 1926 he was appointed Secretary of Mahakamakhash of Udaipur. The revenue of the state increased in his time. Due to flattery of a few persons he was imprisoned but on the pressure of the Political Agaents he was released again Mahakama khas was handed over to him. In V. 1932, Government of India awarded him the title of ‘RAO’ and ‘CIE’. He also did a lot of social work. His son was Mehta Fatehlalji.
Bachhavat Mehta Fatehlalji – Udaipur.
He was the first English knowing person in the state. He was the judge of High Cout of Udaipur. Maharana took his services and used him for the English correspondence and other related works. He published ‘Hand Book of Mewar’. He presided over the Special conference of Kashi Nagri Pracharini Sabha in V. 1951. He represented the state on the Bulter Commission.
Bachhavat Mehta Kanahayalalji – Udaipur
He was grandson of Fatehlalji and son of Devilalji. He was the first I.C.S. officer of Rajasthan. He was the Additional Chief Secretary to Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the first P. M. of India.
Mehta Shri Jalamsinghji
He was second son of Shersinghji, but went in adoption to Shri Udairamji. The second son of Agarchandji. Maharana Swaroopsinghji ordered Jalamsinghji to take possession of Lava Sardargarh. He requested Maharana to send some help. Then Shersinghji went and arrested Chattarsingh and took possession of Lava Sardargarh. Maharana was pleased and honoured Shersinghji.
Bachhavat Mehta Harisingh ji
He was the eledest son of Mehta Hindumalji. He was appointed the 1st Musahib of the Bikaner State in V. 1929. A title of ‘Maharao’ and right to mount Elephant and were gold on feet was awarded to him hereditary. His son Sawaisinghji was Minister in waiting and Member of the Council of State.
Bachhavat Mehta Chhogmal
Mehta Chhogmal was ounger brother of Mehta Hindumalji. He played a very important role in the settlement of Border issues and helped the British Government, so he was awarded, and praised in the Delhi Darbar of V. 1934. Maharaja Sardarsinghji presented him his own Necklace of Pearl. When Maharaja Sardarsinghji died he played an important role in making Doongarsingh the Maharaja of Bikaner. British Political Agent and Col. Zen praised his intelligence. He died in V. 1948.
Bachhavat Justice Randheer Singh
He was born in 1907. He studied in Calcutta and went to England in 1931 for the study of Law. After getting the degree of Bar-at-law, he started law practice in the High Court of Calcutta. He was known as an outstanding lawyer of Calcutta. He earned both name and fame. In 1950 he was appointed as the Judge of Calcutta High Court. He was the first Judge not only amongs Oswals but among all th emarwaries in Bengal. He was promoted and transferred to Delhi Supreme Court in 1964.
After retirement, he was deputed as the Chariman of ‘Godavari’ water dispute ‘Tribunal’. All the parties praised his judgement. He had written a book on ‘Arbitration’ also. He commanded great respect in the judicial circle. He died on 12–06–1986.
Bachhavat Mehta Khivsee Ji
Mehta Jhivseeji was Diwan of Rathore king of Mandore. Once Maharana Kumbha of Mewar attacked Mandore. Mandore was saved in this attack by the breavery of Khivseeji.
Bachhavat Mehta Lakhansee ji
Mehta Lakhanseeji was in the 5th generation of Mehta Khivseeji. When Bikaji went to Bikaner, Lala Lakhanseeji also went with him. Lakhanseeji established 27 Mahallas of Bikaer and the rest were set up by Bachhavat Bachhrjji.
Mehta Jeevandas Ji
He was great-grand-son of Mehtra Lakhanseeji. He founded a new city named ‘Jeevandesar’. The son of Mehtra Jeevandas was Thakurseeji, the Diwan of king Ramsinghji of Bikaner. A Jagir of Bhatner (Hanumangarh) was awarded to h im on the occasion of the victory in the South war.