The term Modh is applied to communities of merchants, Brahmins, carpenters and Ghanchis that originated from Modhera in Gujarat.
They are the followers of Modheshwari Maa (also known as Matangi Maa), a form of parvati maa with eighteen hands. They originally lived in a town called Modhera in Patan District in the northern part of Gujarat. The name of the town Modhera was adopted by the community living around the temple of Modheshwari Mata.
In Gujarati and Rajasthan, there are many examples of communities who take their name from a town and thus there exist both Modh Brahmins and Modh Vanias.
According to Prabhavakacarita by Prabhacandra and Pradyumnasuri (finalized in 1277), the famous polymath Hemachandra (1089–1172) was born in the Modh community.,
- ^ Gujarati lexicon Bhagvadgomandal (1928-1955) મોઢ બ્રાહ્મણ, વાણિયા, સુતાર અને ઘાંચીની એક જ્ઞાતિ. તે મૂળ ચાણસ્મા તાલુકાના મોઢેરા ગામની છે
- ^ Cong says Modi born to prosperous caste, added it to OBC list, Express News Service, New Delhi, May 9, 2014
- ^ Shah, A. M. (1998). The Family in India: Critical Essays. Orient Blackswan. pp. 134–136. ISBN 9788125013068.
- ^ A Concise History of Classical Sanskrit Literature, Gaurīnātha Śāstrī, p.128
- ^ Prabhavakacharitra, Ed. Muni Jinavijaya, Sam. 1997, (1931 AD), Hemachandrasuri-Charitam, p. 183-212
- ^ G. Buehler, The Life of Hemachandracharya, Tr. Prof. Dr. Manilala Patel, 1931, Chap II, Hemachandra's Youth, p. 6-11