Sarvaiya

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The Sarvaiya / Sarvaiyya are a Rajput clan of India, mainly found in Gujarat.

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The Sarvaiyas come from a branch of the Chudasamas, who are themselves a branch of the Samma Rajputs. They consider themselves to be brethren and such do not intermarry. As with the Chudasamas, they worship Khodiyar as their Kuldevi.[1]

Their name derives from the estate of Sarva, which they once ruled.[citation needed] Among other estates that they ruled were Amreli,[citation needed] Hathasnsi,[citation needed] Jesar, Vasavad,[citation needed] Santhli, Chital,[citation needed] Kundla,[citation needed] Gohilwad, Chhatrasa, Chiroda, Chok, Pan, Ranigam,[citation needed] and other estates in Kathiawar.[citation needed]

Sarvaiya kingdom like the Chudasamas, were attacked in 1476 by Sultan Mahmud Begada . When Mahmud Begada, attacked Amreli, after taking over Junagadh from Chudasama, the Sarvaiya rulers of Amreli{two brothers Jesaji and Vejaji} for fighting against troops of Sultan Mahmud Begda, became outlaws, in order to re conquer Amreli. From the books published by the known historian and authors, Jesaji and Vejaji retained their 64 villages from sultanate of Mohmud Begda after fighting by remaining in outlawry for twelve years. Subsequently they settled in Hathasni. Later, the brothers divided the new estate between them, Jesoji receiving Hathasni and Vejoji estate of Jesar.[citation needed]

The fort of Vejalkotha also known as Vejalkot is named after its founder Sarvaiya Vejoji who fought with troops of Sultan Mahmud Begda from there, which is located in Girnar on eastern bank of Raval river and is now an archaeological site of interest.[citation needed]

Some archaeological evidence and inscriptions mentioning this facts have been found and unearthed like Hathsani inscription and others found among ruins of Vejalkot.[citation needed]

They were thus reduced to small estate and village chiefs after they left Amreli and their old glory. However, till the time of independence, the princely state of Jesar, Hathsani and nearby estates were ruled by Sarvaiya Rajputs. The Jesar along with other Princely States was merged into Union of India to form the United State of Kathiawar.[citation needed][2]

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