Welcome to Variav 30 Dec2015

Variav is a small village situated in Surat District, Gujarat, India. Variav is on the right bank of Tapti River. Variav was recently added to the region of Surat Municipal Corporation, and is now part of Greater Surat.

Water Supply

Variav gets it drinking water supply from Madha Water Works from 1903.set

up by Ebrahim Madha of the Sunni Vohra community. The actual machinery

was imported from Belgium.

In terms of religious establishments, there are four Mosques, 2 madrassa. Other public facilities include two government-run schools and a library. One reader commented that “Variav Mehfil-e-Nurl-Islam library is the second oldest Library in Gujarat”. The Library is managed by Variav Sunni Vohra Jamat. Variav Library is located on a bend in the river Tapi, and has the best view on both sides. There is a bank serving the local population. History Variav is small village with a historical importance. As early as the seventh century CE  it may have been known as a place of migration of Zoroastrians fleeing the fall of the Sassanid Empire. The arrival of Zoroastrians in India is documented in Qissa-i Sanjan, and the date of first arrival is variously interpreted as being 936 AD, 765 AD and 716 AD. Many centuries later, after Mahmud Begada conquered the partially Parsi city of Sanjan (Gujarat) in the 1480s, Variav was one of many towns and villages that received a further influx of Parsis, along with Navsari, Surat, Wankaner, Ankleshwar, Bharuch and Khambhat to the north of Sanjan and Thane to the south. According to P. P. Balsara s "Highlights of Parsi History", published in 1963, Variav is renowned for one other historical snippet. Towards the end of the 11th century the Parsi settlement at Variav refused to pay taxes to the Rajput prince of the area. The prince sent a force to the town that arrived while the men were away. The Parsi women fought the Rajputs. One of the women lost her helmet, and the Rajputs, seeing that they were fighting women, rallied. The Parsi women drowned themselves in the river rather than risk capture.[1] This event is still remembered with a ceremony performed in Surat every year. the British first landed in India in 1608 was in Surat.They came to trade.From here they began the adventure that climaxed two centuries of British Rule. Variav is home to a mixed population of Sunni Muslim Vohra, Parsi, and various castes of  Hindu. Most of the Sunni Muslim Vohra population migrated to Burma (now Myanmar) where they flourished as a business community, while many maintain significant links back to Variav. In many cases, this included maintenance of houses. It was a similar story for the Parsi community, almost all of whom migrated to Mumbai and other parts of India. Both communities can now be found scattered throughout the world. From early times Variavwala were interested in trade and commerce and travelled to foreign lands, undertaking long sea voyages. People left Variav in the early 19th century to settle in Burma, where they established many businesses and were great entrepreneurs; a number of them even became advisors to the Burmese rulers. Then came the migration to England from the 1950s to the 1970s, a number then left for Canada particularly during the period from the 1970s to the 1990s. Similarly for USA, a considerable number of Variavwala migrated to many other countries. They are now in UK, USA, Canada, Burma, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France etc. and many more. Despite the fact that Variav is only a small village, its people have made valuable contributions in societies around the world. Variavwala have always been great philanthropists and have set up many Waqfs or Religious Foundations to help poor, needy, disadvantaged and unfortunate members of society, particularly in Burma and in Variav itself. The largest population of Variavwala outside India is in UK, where the community settled in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Variav is a small village situated in Surat District, Gujarat, India. Variav is on the right bank of Tapti River. Variav was recently added to the region of Surat Municipal Corporation, and is now part of Greater Surat.

Water Supply

Variav gets it drinking water supply from Madha Water Works from

1903.set up by Ebrahim Madha of the Sunni Vohra community. The actual

machinery was imported from Belgium.

In terms of religious establishments, there are four Mosques, 2 madrassa. Other public facilities include two government-run schools and a library. One reader commented that “Variav Mehfil-e-Nurl-Islam library is the second oldest Library in Gujarat”. The Library is managed by Variav Sunni Vohra Jamat. Variav Library is located on a bend in the river Tapi, and has the best view on both sides. There is a bank serving the local population. History Variav is small village with a historical importance. As early as the seventh century CE  it may have been known as a place of migration of Zoroastrians fleeing the fall of the Sassanid Empire. The arrival of Zoroastrians in India is documented in Qissa-i Sanjan, and the date of first arrival is variously interpreted as being 936 AD, 765 AD and 716 AD. Many centuries later, after Mahmud Begada conquered the partially Parsi city of Sanjan (Gujarat) in the 1480s, Variav was one of many towns and villages that received a further influx of Parsis, along with Navsari, Surat, Wankaner, Ankleshwar, Bharuch and Khambhat to the north of Sanjan and Thane to the south. According to P. P. Balsara s "Highlights of Parsi History", published in 1963, Variav is renowned for one other historical snippet. Towards the end of the 11th century the Parsi settlement at Variav refused to pay taxes to the Rajput prince of the area. The prince sent a force to the town that arrived while the men were away. The Parsi women fought the Rajputs. One of the women lost her helmet, and the Rajputs, seeing that they were fighting women, rallied. The Parsi women drowned themselves in the river rather than risk capture.[1] This event is still remembered with a ceremony performed in Surat every year. the British first landed in India in 1608 was in Surat.They came to trade.From here they began the adventure that climaxed two centuries of British Rule. Variav is home to a mixed population of Sunni Muslim Vohra, Parsi, and various castes of  Hindu. Most of the Sunni Muslim Vohra population migrated to Burma (now Myanmar) where they flourished as a business community, while many maintain significant links back to Variav. In many cases, this included maintenance of houses. It was a similar story for the Parsi community, almost all of whom migrated to Mumbai and other parts of India. Both communities can now be found scattered throughout the world. From early times Variavwala were interested in trade and commerce and travelled to foreign lands, undertaking long sea voyages. People left Variav in the early 19th century to settle in Burma, where they established many businesses and were great entrepreneurs; a number of them even became advisors to the Burmese rulers. Then came the migration to England from the 1950s to the 1970s, a number then left for Canada particularly during the period from the 1970s to the 1990s. Similarly for USA, a considerable number of Variavwala migrated to many other countries. They are now in UK, USA, Canada, Burma, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France etc. and many more. Despite the fact that Variav is only a small village, its people have made valuable contributions in societies around the world. Variavwala have always been great philanthropists and have set up many Waqfs or Religious Foundations to help poor, needy, disadvantaged and unfortunate members of society, particularly in Burma and in Variav itself. The largest population of Variavwala outside India is in UK, where the community settled in the 1950s and 1960s.
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