History and Culture
During the sixties and seventies, Asians from East African Countries migrated to United Kingdom. They were mainly people of Indian origin from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Indians settled at various parts of UK but grouped to form communities around London, Midlands and the North of England.
Of those who settled in UK also brought with them their religious beliefs and customs. Indians in the ancient times formed their societies as per Varna as per the Veda into four sectors, Kshatriyas, Vaishnavs, Brahmins and Sudras. The Kshatriyas are the protectors such as rulers, police mans and soldiers; the Vaishnavs are business minded people such as tradesman, farmers and shop keepers; the Brahmins are priests, teachers, cooks, health workers; the Sudras are labourers who clean and maintain the welfare facilities. Nayee-Brahmins are from both Kshatriyas and Brahmin Varna and by trade are hairdressers and most of them had skills to provide medical treatment to patients. Limbachias are Nayee-Brahmins also known as Valands are followers of Shree Limbach Mata from Gujarat, India (the Goddess of strength).
It is believed that Shree Limbach Mata appeared on the Eight day of the Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar of Vikram Samvant under a Neam (Limbado) tree. Hence, the followers are known as Limbachia.
The associations of different Valand community started forming during the later part of 1960. Shree Limbachia Gnati Mandal Leicester was established in 1972 with the blessing of 140 families. In 1977 Shree Limbachia Gnati Mandal in London was established with the support of 450 families. The association Shree Limbachia Gnati Hittechhu Samaj Coventry was formed in 1982 with the help of 57 families.