Gothi


According to “Mahajan Vansh Muktavali”of yati Ramlalji there lived once megha Sarthvah (a business man having many ships and trading in many cities abroad). He loaded his goods on 500 bullocks and travelled through many cities all over India in v. 1153 Amuslim had big farm in Anhilpur pattan of Gujrat. One night he saw a Parshwa-Yaksh (a powerful spirit), who said,” In the center of your house there is an idol of lord Parshwanath. Dig it out, and hand it over to Megha Sarthvah, who will pass by this way tomorrow, You will find special marks on his fore-head, Take 500 gold coins from him. If you fail to do so, you and your whole family will come in trouble.” He was frightened and told the whole story to his wife.

            They dug out the idol immediately. Then he realized and believed that the person whom he had seen in the dream was a super power. In the same way Yaksha raj ordered Mehgha in his dreas saying.  ”Tomorrow when you pass Anhilpur pattan, a Muslim will give you an idol of lord Parshwanath. You purchase it in 500 gold coins and worship it both the times. If you obey my instructions you will earn a lot, otherwise you will have a bad time.”

            The next day Megha purchased the idol and acted as instructed. He earned a lot. When he reached 15km. the chariot of the idol stopped and became motionless.

            In the night Yaksha Raj appeared and said,” Do not worry. This idol will not travel any more, so you build a Jain temple here. In the morning you dig in the soil. At one place you will find a Swastik with a coin, when you dig it further you will find a green coconut; there is sweet water in the land for a well. At one place you will find a Swastik with betel-nut, you will find all types of stones that are used for the construction of a temple. Further he said, “An architect named Puranpargami is residing in Sirohi. You may call him. He is suffering of leprosy. As soon as he agrees to work, he will be cured and shall become normal again.” After this Yaksharaj disappeared.

            Megha built a fine temple, well planned and with fine carving work and an ornamental tapering tower.

            All the Jains were invited for the installation of the idol of Lord Parshwanath. Megha himself went to the Acharya Shri Jindutt Suri to complete all the formalities of the installation. When Acharya Shri installed the idol of the deity at there rained gold coins from the sky and a voice from heavens came, saying “All this wealth is that of Megha Sarthwah”. The gold coins were worth Rs. 12.5 Crores.

            In Gujrat a worshipper of God is called Gothi. So Megha’s family  was named ‘Gothi’.

At one place it is also mentioned that Megha purchased the idol of Lord Parshvnath in V. 1153 for 500 gold coins.

Kuldevi of this gotra is Shri Arbudadevi of Mount Abu.

                 

Gothi Seth Pratapmalji – Betul

            He purchased 4 villages and became a Jagirdar. He was an honourable person of the State of Betul.

 

Gothi Seth Lakhmichandji – Betul

            He was born in V. 1915. He purchased 100 villages of Betul and Hosangabad Districts. Government made him the Honorary Magistrate. He did not need to obtain arms licence in the British times. In execution of his will, his sons built a beautiful Dharmshala on Itarsi Railway Station.

 

Gothi Seth Deepchandji – Betul

            He was younger son of Seth Laxmichandji Gothi. He was born in V. 1955 on Dipavali. He was member of All India Congress Committee. There is an Adivasi casts Gaud. Under this influence they left non-Vegetarianism. It was a great achievement. He got membership of District council and the title of M.L.C. in 1927, but after some time he resigned from the membership of District Council and joined the freedom struggle. He was arrested and sent to jail for one year. He again went to jail when he took part in the agitation of Gandh-Irvin pact.


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