Hansot was once a small village known as 'Hansnagari' during the British colonial era. Soon, it grew into a town, and now, it stands as a Taluka with a population of about 15,000. For the period, Gregorian centuries 16, 17 and 18, In Ain-i-Akbari, It is mentioned as a mahal headquarters, and a port of sarkar Broach. In Mirat-i-Ahmadi, It is mentioned as a mahal headquarters.
History of Hansot
In medieval times Hansot was a very important port. During Mughal era they used to travel to Egypt, Africa and several Arab countries from here for trade. During this period landlords and rich people owned huge mansions due to which Hansot was known as a very prosperous town. Because of its prosperity lots of traders were robbed by pirates at sea as well as in the town. Around 1600 BC Mughal emperor Jahangir, in leadership of CHAUHANS from Aamer (Rajasthan) sent an army with back up from Sindhis of Karachi on the Naval front.
It's a known fact that Mughal princess BIBI TURK once visited Hansot and fell in love with this place so after her pilgrimage to Mecca she decided to stay here forever.
Lineage of the above mentioned Chauhans is still residing in Hansot; amongst which some are prominent and highly decorated police officers. Habib Chauhan, Khalil Chauhan , Khizar Chauhan served on several high ranks in Gujarat police department.
Hansot is located around 20.0 km (12.4 mi) from where the Narmada river merges with the Arabian sea. It is the largest Village between Surat and Ankleshwar. Ankleshwar is Asia's largest industrial estate, and one of 190 industrial complexes in Gujarat's "Golden Corridor", so called because of the money brought by rapid development, and an industrial belt running from Vapi at the southern end of Gujarat to Mahesana, about 270 mi (430 km) to the north, located 20.0 km (12.4 mi) west from Hansot. Surat City is 51.0 km (31.7 mi) from Hansot.
It has modern amenities, including electricity, telephone, bus station, Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, hospitals and libraries. An attraction in Hansot is the Dargah (Tomb) of a Muslim Sufi Sheikh known as "Hazrat Mansur Shah Urf Chotumiyan." A yearly Urs (Death Anniversary) attracts up to 350,000 people of all faiths. The people seek shelter in the complex of the dargah and are fed throughout the course of 3 days. Farming is the main occupation and a large number of people migrate to find jobs. Since the Narmada river is nearby, Hansot is also famous for its fish.
Hansot's Taluka consists of 52 villages. The word 'Taluka' means 'Jurisdiction'. Several areas come under Hansot Taluka:Alva or Ilvaa
Ilav (also 'Ilaaw', 'Elav' and 'Elaw').
Vaghwan or Waagwan
Valner or Waalner
Vansnali or Waansnoli
After a hard day's work, the men traditionally retired to rest, often signified by adoption of the sarong-like Lungi. This indicates southern Arabian (Hadhramawti) or Malay influences. A romantic passion for racing horses on the days of Eid, from the ancient historic Eid Gah and across the beaches washed by the Arabian Sea. This indicates Arabian and Mughal influences.
The language is an archaic proto-Urdu one, being neither completely in the camp of standard northern Delhi Urdu, nor southern Dakhni Urdu. It is said by some to belong to the middle zone i.e. "Bombay Urdu", as with related cognates. The language has defiantly retained Arabic and Turkic words, neither of which exist in many later Urdu standardisations. It also has picked up words from regional Indic languages, from northern to southern regions. As Hansotis are often seen as a rather independent and clannish community, with words being altered, the services of the professional academic would not go amiss. Notable words are Sabāh, Kāti, Kāikélyèh, Baydāh, Māndāh, Choolāh and Gokhlay.
Hansotis are a cosmopolitan array of ethnicities divided into two main groups: Muslims and Hindus. Their surnames are multi-layered reflecting their complex histories, and include amongst others, Shaikh (Sheikh), Pathan, Malek (Malik), Patel, Chauhan and Kanuga. These people, who number 6,000, are thus Gujarati Muslims, by heritage and geographical origin.
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