Vora Patels of BharuchVora Patel is a Sunni Muslim community which belongs to Patel family of Hindu Kurmi Kshatriya ancestry. They are also known as patidar and originally belong to Bharuch district in Gujrat. Bharuch, now doesnt have that many Vora Patels as it used to have, as a large number of people from this community have migrated abroad and few have settled in Mumbai as well. You can find a good number of population residing in Jogeshwari, Goregaon and Malad. Vora Patels are known to love dal-gosh and kichry curry along with some boiled rice.
History and Origin of Vora PatelsVora Patels were originally the Hindu Kurmi Kshatriyas of Punjab and they settled in Gujarat around 1400 A.D. The Solankis ruling Gujrat at that time gave them some uncultivated land in Petlad Taluka . They were allocated land comparable to one village to each Kurmi family for cultivation. The families would in return pay the ruler a fixed income for a certain period of time. After a certain payment of income, they would acquire the ownership. Thus, the Kurmi community became land owners due to their successful cultivation. This is also the reason they are known as Patidar where Pati means "owner of land and ‘dar’ means the person who owns it.
Migration of Vora PatelsMaximum people from this community has migrated to the United Kingdom and it homes the largest population of Voras outside Bharuch. They settled initially in the mill towns of Lancashire . A large number of this community is spread across Bolton, Blackburn, Preston, Lancaster, Leicester, Dewsbury and other parts of London. This community came up mainly because of the economic prosperity of the textiles industry in North West England. They have all well settled in UK and bought few assets as well. Now, it's the third or fourth generation that is present in UK now.
However this community people do not integrate themselves with other communities and the marriages also takes place within the community. But with the younger generation budding, there will be a change in their outlook. Their work and dedication has been praised by Former British Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher and HRH Prince Charles as well.
You can also find a large number of this community settled in Zambia. The first migrants from Bharuch came here in the early 1900s. Currently many Vohra families have moved to South Africa primarily for education. North America is another coutry where you can find this community. It is mainly found in Chicago and Toronto. Some have also settled in Pakistan after independence in Karachi.
Notable Vora PatelsVora Patels have made their names in many fields. Some of the notable personalities are as follows:
- Adam Patel and Baron Patel of Blackburn were the Member of the UK House of Lords
- Ahmed Patel is a well known Congress Party Leader
- Rashid Patel is a Cricketer
- Munaf Patel is a Cricketer
- Haji Mussa Hassan Khan Sahib who was born in 1849 was honoured with the title of "Khan Sahib" by Sir Lawrence Roger Lumley
- Professor Alimuddin Zumla who was a great Academic
Whenever a Vora Patel becomes famous, Bharuch comes to limelight for its ancestral connection to this place. Bharuch is fortunate enough to originate such talented community which has spread across the world and made Bharuch popular.