Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh created Brahmins who were master in Vedas. So that they can turn Dharmaranya in a centre of veda sanshkriti. The lords asked to Vishwakarma to build houses forts and temples reside for the Brahmins. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh created six thousand Brahmins each. They also gave them gotras and gotrasdevi. Modh's are divided in four by caste (1) Modh Brahmin (2) Modh Vanik (3) Modh Patel (4) Modh Modi. Modh Brahmins were further divided into six by caste as chaturvedies, Traividh, Dhanuja, Tandalja, Agiyasana and Jyesthimall.
Jyesthi Malls were originally Agnihotri Chaturvedi Modh Brahmins. Many of them were vajramusthi wrestlers and they used to take leading part in the army. There is a story behind in creation of mallas in chapter 40-43 of Brahmand Puran. According to the story the first mall's name was Devmall. Brahma created him to kill a devil by the name of vajradant. On the other side vajradant worship Lord Shiva. Shiva gave him a boon that no god or weapon can kill him. On virtue of this boon he started harassing people to no limit. Devmall tried to kill him but he did not succeed. Narad suggested him to go forest of neem where Goddess Limja resided and to pray her. When the Goddess was pleased Devmall asked for the strength and power to fight with the devil and kill him. He was blessed with power with the power he could kill Vajradant and his followers by his fist only. Devmall has ten sons. He sent all of them to different parts of India to make aware of the powers of Goddess Limja sons used to worship the goddess and told people how she helped in killing vajradant. She became the Kuldevi of Jyesthi Malls. Malls constructed her temple in delmal on the western side of Modhera. Every year on the seventh day of chaitra they take out a precession. As the goddess was born in the forest of neem the wrestlers always plant a tree of neem in their Akhada (school of wrestlers).
Divided with Modh Brahmin
According to another story Agnihotries were the the ancestors of Jyesthi Mall. They used to collect toll from the people who used to take a holy deep in Vadsagar. When Rama came to Dharmaranya to make amends of kill by Ravana he gave a pearl to Brahmins. This pearl gave Brahmins sava val of gold every day. Because of that there was a fight among the Brahmins. They broke the pearl to share but all in vain as the power of pearl to give gold vanishes. When it was broken their guru was very annoyed as they broke the pearl and cursed them that they will fight among themselves and earn their bread.
They came to Kachchh around 1510 as they were wrestles the king appointed them to train prices the art of wrestling. The relation between the malls and the royal family was very strong. The ladies of the mall community were appointed as Aaya for the price and princess. Their jobs was to breast feed to the prince. She used to take care of prince till he reaches the age of six. After going through the medical test only the lady was appointed as a breast feeder. Her children were treated as brother of prince and they used to hold an important post in the council. Breast feeders were given salary every month a piece of land and gifts on the occasion which royal family celebrated.
It is said that the first followers of Swaminarayan in Kachchh were Jyesthi Malls. Shree Sahajanand Swami came to Bhuj in 1804 and for about eight years he did many social works in Bhuj. In his memory the first temple of swaminarayan was built by Jyesthi Malls during the tenure of King Dwshalji second. Jyesti Mall Gangaram and others also supported to build the temple.
|Jyesthi Mall's Samaj Vadi|
Samaj Vadi's Address
Jyesthi Gyati, Near Sumara Deli, Machchhipith, Bhuj-Kachchh
|Jyesthi Mall's Gautra|