The sub gotra of Banthia are
Barmecha, Harkhavat, Sekhavat, Malavat, Lalvani, Band, Kuwad and Khubia. In v. 1167 Acharya Jin
Vallabh Suri enlightened the Panwar family of Ranthambore and gave tha above
stated names as their gotras. According
to Mahajan Vansh Muktawli Parmar Lal Singh was the ruler of Ranthambore. In v.
1167 Acharya Jin Vallabh Suri arrived in the city. At that time Prince Brahmdev
son of Lal Singh was suffereing from the disease known as Jalandhar. King made
many efforts for his cure but in vain. So he went into the shelter of the
Acharya. The Acharya placed the condition. Then Acharya called Chamunda Devi
and requested her to cure him. The Devi used her divine power. Brahmdev became
well again and they all accepted Jainism. The eldest son was Band, so his
family was named ‘Band’. The family of Brahmdev was named ‘Barmecha’. The
family of Lalsingh was named ‘Lalwani’, the family of Maldev was named
‘Mallavat’ and the family of Harakchand was named ‘Harkavat’.
Band Chiman Singh was doing the business of money-lending in the ary of Emperor Humayu. He became a monyed man, he did many religious deeds and arranged sanghs. He presented every sangh person a gold coin. When Humayu came to know, he honoured him with the title of ‘Banthia.’
But how far this story is correct is not known Acharya Gyan Sunder ji wrote that the elder son of Lal Singh distributed golden coins and hence the name Bathia. But he also write that Acharya Bhav Dev Suri englishtened them in v. 912.
Bhat and Kulguru says that Bathia family arrived at Jalore from Abu and built a Jain temple at Jalore. In 13th century they arrived at Mandore and proceeded to Kodamdesar in v. 1575. Bikaner Maharaja invited Bathia Kalyansi. The fifth in the pdedigree of Kalyansi, Shri Jaipal settled at Churu. There are about 1000 familie of this gotra there. The son of Lal Singh was Lalani so their family was named Lalwani. Lalwani vimal shah was a rich native of Merta. He gave a loan to the Nawab of Bharuch, so the Nawab honoured him with the title of ‘Shah’. Kuldevi of these gotras is Shri Kansaria or Kela Mata.
Banthia Tenppal – Bhujnagar
Banthia Tenpal arranged a grand Sangh for Sidhgiri in V. 1021. In the way he distributed gold coins to every Oswal in each village.
Banthia Ratna Shah
Banthia Ratnashsh arranged a Sangh for Sidhgiri. He took bags of coins in a Kavad. For use in the way, therefore his family was named Kuwad.
Banthia Dhanroopmalji Shah
In V. 1631 Mughal Emperor was in search of a very capable Treasurer. Maharaja of Jodhpur recomanded a man who was a Banthia of Merta. This man had a bag, given to him by a Jain Acharya, which had a magical power, namely that once a thing was put in it could last endlessly. He filled the bag with 84 types of coins, and started taking out the coins and putting them further, into a number of bags of each type of coins. He dug his big farm at 84 places, and put the bags in those helps and covered them. The Emperor was surprised to see so much wealth. The Emperor honoured Banthia with the little of ‘Shah’ From that day onwards, all Banthias were given the title ‘Shah’ This Order of the Emperor is still lying with Shri Dhanroopmal Banthia… In the Pedigree of Shahji figure Harkchand and Sekhchand. The family of Harkhchand was named ‘Harkavat’ and family of Sekhchand was named ‘Sekhavat’.
Banthia Seth Manakchandji – Ujain
He was a devotee of Acharya Shri Hem Vimal Suri. He earned a lot and opened many business branches in different cities. One branch was at Ajmer also. When Acharya Shri Hem Vimal Suri came to Ajmer for Chaturmas, in one of his discourses he gave a description of sidharchal so nicely that Manakchandji took oath that he will not eat or drink anything till he had visited Sidhachal. Everybody was surprised to listen to this resolution. He immediately handed over the charge of his business to his clerks and proceeded to-wards Sidhachal. In the forest of Palanpur dacoits attacked Manakchandji and killed him. Therefter, one day some ghosts began to create nuisance in the upasara of Acharya. The Acharya invoked the Istayak ‘deva. At once Manibhadra Bhairav appeared and created peace there. This Manibhadra Bhairav, in fact, it was the soul of Manakchandji.
In V. 1500 at the time of Humanyan’s reign the army of the Emperor sold golden utensils at the rate of ordinary brass utensils to Banthia Chimansinghji, so Chimansinghji became a wealthy person. He rejuvenated Jain temples and arranged a Sangh for the holy place Shatrunjaya. As he distributed gold coins in the way, he was named ‘Banthia’.
Banthia Sujanmal – Sitamahu
He was Assistant Diwan of Sitamahu in V. 1942. Then he became the highest officer of the State of PRatapgarh. His son was Jaswantsinghji
Banthia Jaswantsinghji – Sitamahu
Shir Jaswantsinghji was Diwan of Sitamahu. He was the tuitor and guardian of Maharaja Raghuveersinghji the ruler of Sitamahu. He remained on the post of Diwan till the amalgamation of the States. His eldest son Shri Shersingh was a freedom fighter.
Banthia Kastoormalji – Ajmer
He was Vice-president of Indian chamber of Commerce of London. After his return from UK he started editing the magazine ‘Oswal Navyuvak’ He has written a book on Maintenance of hindi account.
Banthia Seth Anandramji – Panvel
He earned a lot in the trading of ‘Ganja’ He remained a member of Panvel Municipality for many years. His son built ‘Anand Bhawan’ in his memory.
Banthia Vimal Shah
He was son of Harkaji. He build jain temples at Sirohi. Jalore and Jodhpur. Once the Emperor of Bharoch needed money. He gave a loan of Rs . 6 lacs to the Emperor. The Emperor honoured him with the title of ‘Shah’.
Banthia Seth Bahadurmal Bhinasar
He build Bhinasar School building and a pakki road between Gagashahar to Bhinasar. He also donation to many societies of Bhinasar.
Banthia Seth Hajarimal Bhinasar
He made a trust of Rs. 1,41,000/- through which many social works are executed. A jain Hospital is running by this trust. He also donated a building for Pinjorapole and a land for Panchasyati building.
Banthia Seth Sabalsinghji Pratapgarh
He did his banking business in the partnership with the Rani of Pratapgarh and earned a hot. It is said that whenever Maharaja needed money he helped him. And took administration of the state in his hands. In V. 1914 at the time of Freedom struggale he saved the State wisely.
Banthia Seth Kastoorchandji Ajmer
He was born in V. 1951. He was Manager of the East India produce Co., Ltd., London. He was Vice-President of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of Arya Bhawan. He wrote a few books also.
Banthia Tenpal – Bhujnagar
Banthia Tenpal arranged a grand Sangh for Sidhgiri in V.1021 In the way he distributed gold coins to every Oswal in each village.