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Jakhan, Juckow
Jakhau is located in Gujarat
Jakhau is located in India
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°13′07″N 68°43′01″E / 23.21861°N 68.71694°E / 23.21861; 68.71694Coordinates: 23°13′07″N 68°43′01″E / 23.21861°N 68.71694°E / 23.21861; 68.71694
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kutch (Kachchh)
Taluka Abdasa
 • Body Gram Panchayat
Elevation[1] 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,076
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 370640
Vehicle registration GJ-12
Nearest city Bhuj
Lok Sabha constituency Kachchh
Vidhan Sabha constituency Abdasa[2]
Civic agency Gram Panchayat
Website gujaratindia.com

Jakhau (Ja-kha-oo, pronounced as Ja-kho by locals) is a village in Gujarat, western India. Administratively, it is under Abdasa Taluka, Kutch District, of Gujarat.[3] Jakhau is 17 km by road west-southwest of Naliya, the taluka headquarters. Jakhau Salt, the port of Jakhau, is situated a further 15 km westwards.


The village and port are named after the legendary Jakh Botera who were shipwrecked on the Kutch coast and came ashore at Jakhau. Variously described as tall and fair-complexioned with an advanced culture,(thats why locals names them Yakshas-demigods) their traditional number is seventy-two with at least one woman. Their origins are obscure-but one school of thought opines that they were zerthotrians_iraani or parsi origins and good at horsemenship,medicine & archery. One cruel king puanra is said to have been controlled/put to an end by them-thus they attained godz status in region.[4][5]

In the Middle Ages, Jakhau was a thriving port and warehousing village.[6] However as Godia Creek silted up and ships increased in size, trade went to the dredged port at Mandvi instead and south to Bombay (now Mumbai). Exports were mostly salt[7] cotton, millet, and castor bean oil and later cloth and tobacco, while imports were mostly rice, lumber and dried fruit, and some sugar.[8]

The 1998 Gujarat cyclone helped to further destroy the port. The major occupation is now fishing.[9]


In the 2001 census, the village of Jakhau had 4,076 inhabitants, with 2,032 males (49.9%) and 2,044 females (50.1%), for a gender ratio of 1006 females per thousand males.[10]

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  1. ^ Lakhpat, India, Sheet NF 42-2 (topographic map, scale 1:250,000), Series 1501, United States Defense Mapping Agency, August 1981 
  2. ^ "Assembly Constituencies-Post delimitation, State: Gujarat, District: Ahmadabad" (PDF). National Information Centre, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Villages of Abdasa Taluka". Kutch District. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Edward (2009). "Chapter 1. Texts, Machinations and the Past". Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean: The Seafarers of Kachchh. London: Routledge. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-415-54377-4. 
  5. ^ Dilipsinh, K. S. (2004). Kutch: In Festival And Custom. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-81-241-0998-4. 
  6. ^ Mehta, Lyla (2005). "Water and Identity in Kutch". The Politics and Poetics of Water: The Naturalisation of Scarcity in Western India. New Delhi: Orient Longman. p. 69. ISBN 978-81-250-2869-7. 
  7. ^ Aggarwal, Shugan Chand (1976). The Salt Industry in India (third ed.). New Delhi: Controller of Publications, Government of India. p. 201. OCLC 427303131. 
  8. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Cutch, Palanpur, and Mahi Kantha. Printed at the Government Central Press. 1880. p. 223. 
  9. ^ Fishmarc & Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan (2010). "Kutch Coast – People, Environment & Livelihoods" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "Census 2001 Population Finder: Gujarat: Kachchh: Abdasa: Jakhau". Office of The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013.