18 September 2010

Meveli belongs to India and Meghvansh


I received few phone calls from N.Delhi, Indore, Jaipur and other places. None of the callers questioned relationship of Maveli and Meghvansh (Maveli belongs to Meghvansh) rather they were aware of it. The Balijan Cultural Movement retells the mythical story of King Mahabali. Mr. Mohan Devraj Thontyal, a research scholar from Pakistan who has done his research on Origins of Meghwars and Megh Rikh, observes that:-
“I am delighted to read the article Maveli or Mahabali and the subsequent article about the festival Onam. Perhaps one can agree with the historical point that one ancient tradition is often told by the people of different regions of India into the different versions for instance, the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and their several versions. In case of Raja Bali, I found a tradition in the Meghwar origin story (Book Megh Mahayatamaya in Gujarati authored by Nathguru Jivannathji) where Raja Bali has been shown interacting with Rishi Shringya and Megh Dharu.
To my own opinion Vamansthali or the present Vanthali (a modern town in Gujarat state) should have been the royal seat of Raja Bali, where the Incarnation Waman is said to have pressed down the king into the earth, later the place came to be known after the name of Waman Dev. However the further research in this regard is yet to be done. The tradition of Raja Bali might have been received in the certain period of time by the South Indian region with more exhilaration. (15 September 2010 18:59)”
In this context we find King Mahabali’s presence in Gujrat region as well. The stories may differ as they have been distorted sometimes even beyond recognition. I asked all the callers whether they were inclined to celebrate Onam festival in respect of Mahabali. The response was positive. Then I suggested them an Onam festival which is without other symbolic items like Pulikali (lion dance) that has a non-contextual image of another distorted story. Secondly, on Onam, so far as possible, this can be ensured that only such goods and products are used which are produced by Meghvanshis especially the poor one. On this occasion we may use candles rather than electric lighting. It can do wonders. There is some activity in Balai community after this suggestion.

2 comments:

  1. I reproduce here a post sent by our friend from Kuchch, Gujrat. It has additional information. It goes like this:-

    Thank you Bharat Bhushan Sir for raising historical topic relating to Meghwal identity. As far as western Gujarat (Kachchh)(erstwhile Sindh-Kachchh region) is concerned, we Maheshwari Meghwars have an interesting tradition to confirm much awaited return of Raja Bali's rule. People from our community are following an unique tradition during Diwali i.e. on Kali Chaudas Day - Kids/youths will take a 3 feet sugarcane stick with cotton tied on it and after burning the same, they will go each and every fellow community brother's home and will say "HORI, DIYARI, MEGH RAJA JE GHARE MERIYO BARE", which means - lights shall ignite in the house of Megh Raja on every Holi and Diwali". In return, the householder will pour one spoon Ghee on the burning cotton. Eventually, after roaming almost all homes, all these Sugarcane stick (MERIYO) are kept at the outskirts. These MERIYAS when seen together gives a marvelous glimpse of unity of Meghwar community.

    The basic idea behind all these traditions is to kept alive our crave for retaining our lost pride that we (Meghwars/Meghwals) are descendants of Great Ruler of ancient India. In our forefathers rule, we were happy and living a dignified life. As such, this tradition of remembering Bali Raja/Megh Raja is to keep alive our ambitions of restoring our lost rule and pride. I think so.

    Thanks again for your cause of uniting entire Meghwals of India under one platform.

    Navin K. Bhoiya
    Kachchh-Gujarat
    18 September 2010 17:57

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  2. Thanks for this informative post. Thanks to Navin ji as well.

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