In vikram samvat 1817, Godji-2 was throned as maharaja of Kutch at capital Bhuj on 6th day Jyestha month Sukla paksha, just few days after the death of Lakhpatji( maharaja of Kutch.)
One Mr. Punja sheth who had served earlier in Bhuj state as an important high ranked officer when Godji-2 was a child, had expected to become Diwan (prime minister) of Kutch. While Godji -2 was being enthroned, Punjo sheth was out of station at Junagadh. By the time Punja sheth reached Bhuj, another Person Mr. Jeevan sheth was appointed as the prime minister ( Diwan) of Kutch state. So Punja sheth was much annoyed and went to Sindh. The emperor of sindh was Mr. Gulamshah Kalora at that time. Mr. Punja sheth convinced The Gulamshah kalora that ‘now is golden opportunity for you to capture Kutch, as I know each and every part of Kutch and I have sufficient support in Kutch to get logistic support.’ So Gulamshah Kalora with a mammoth army of 70,000 soldiers attacked Kutch, in vikram samvat 1819 in month of Margashish.
A fierce battle between Gulamshah Kalora and army of Godji-2 was fought on 11th lunar day of margashirsh 1819 on the hills of Zara, some 26 k.m. from Mata No Madh (which is a very holi place having Main temple of Goddess Ashapura, the Kuldevi of Jadeja Rajputs, and is 100 k.m from Bhuj). The army of Godji -2 was fought under the commandership of Thakor Lakhaji of Vinzan.Thousands of soldiers of Bhuj army, thousands of Jadeja Rajputs, few Brahmins also under the leadership of Mr. Jivram Joshi and sheth Jivan had become Martyrs.
Prominent martyrs in battle of Zara were: Lakhaji ( commander general0 called sar-senapatiji, His son Raolji,Amarji Bhanji,Ramsngji Meramanji,Jesangji Jivanji,Ravdasji Ramsangji,Tugmalji Jetaji, govindsinh Rathos and Jehaji Chauhan, Amarji Bhanji and Ranmalji Junaji, Kalaji akhamalji.
Others who joined battle and became martyrs were Visaji,Rajaji,alaiyaji,Osman,Jadoji,khimaji,Radhoji,Panchanji,Sujaji,Halaji,Lakhiyarji , Reladiyaji,Raghoji,Jagmalji,Ladhoji Zala,Varjang Chauhan,Kaloji Hothee,osman Bhatti, abado ransinhji, Sanghar Jafer, Jivandas sadhu,and their supporters in thousands. Four Charans namely punjo,sujo, laxman, and kalian had also joined and became martyrs.
The small Thakors of Village Zara, Bhumji and Visaji had fought with great bravery. Their Mother had supplied food to all soldiers for the mother land for many days.
In spite of fierce battle with thousands of soldiers, Gulamshah could not out rightly win the battle of Zara. So he returned back to Sindh without attacking, The Capital city Bhuj.
The battle Of Zara is traditionally called “Kutchha jo Kurukshetra Zaro” ! It was the biggest battle in history of Kutch.
To remember the martyrs at least once in a year, and to preserve the great history and culture of Rajputs, Akhil Gujarat Rajput Yuva Sangh organizes a huge “Zara Saheed shradhanjalee samaroh” every year on 11th lunar day first fortnight of Margashirsh since last 10 years. Thousands of Rajputs and others from Kutch attend the program.
Thanks: author: Dr. Jayendrasinh jadeja
Posted by: Navjyotsinh jadeja.