Somvanshi Kshatriya Pathare

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The history of the SKPs dates back to 12th century AD since a general Ambud, a Somavanshi Kshatriya Pathare from Anhilvaad, Gujarat, tried to attack a Shilahaar king. The Somavanshi sena from Dahanu then helped Yadavs to conquer North Konkan and defeat the Shilahaaras. The Yadav kings accommodated the Somavanshi Kshatriyas in Dahanu in return for their help to defeat the Shilahars. Later the king Bimbadev Rana got support from the old Gujarati Somavanshi Kshatriya who had settled in Sopara about a century ago. Bimbadev donated 66 villages to his 66 Sardars(Somvanshi Kshatriya) of the "Sasti" island. These Somavanshi were known as "Sashtikars". Bimbadev honoured and released orders in 1204 A.D. that the Somavanshi Kshatriyas are eligible to use "Chattra Sinhasana and 5 Kalashas". Thus since 1204 A.D. these Somavanshi Kshatriya clans (both from Orissa Somavanshi clan who had settled in Shurparak in 280 A.D. and Gujarati Somavanshi clan) came to be known as "Panchkalshis". SKPs share an important status in the history of this city as land owners and as a community which gave the city of Mumbai many architects, engineers, building contractors and visual artists. Their last names reflect the locations of the land they owned in the different parts of the city - Chemburkar, Dadarkars, Mahimkar, Goregaonkars, Paralkars, Chaulkar,Urankar, Jukar(Juhukar) etc. The Chogles were credited to be the navy builders of the Maratha Navy. They were rewarded by the ruling Marathas with land near Mumbai, which now constitutes Borivali and the surrounding suburbs. The SKPs are also based in the nearby places of Mumbai like Alibag, Uran, Chaul, Revdanda, Murud, Maap gaon, Kihim and others.