It’s called once in Morbi, There were rivers of Milk and Ghee(Butter). This mean Morbi was too prosperous. On that time Morbi was among the Strongest states of India. Morbi Was ruled by many Kingdom. From Mughal Empire to Rajputs and Britishers. From Qutb-ud-din Aybak to Lakhdhirji Thakor.
But Morbi got it’s true shine in the era of Sir Waghjee Thakor and Lakhdhirji Thakor. After the death of Ravajiraj, In 1870, his son Waghjee Thakor became the King of Morbi. On that time Waghjee Thakor was just only 13. So due to his young age, Britishers took the Control of Morbi. In 1879, After becoming eligible, He was announced the King of Morbi. From the very next day he started to increase the prosperity of Morbi Kingdom. He started to build, in 1886, Railway lines for the For the convenience of people and transportation. Not only transportation he built Schools, Colleges and Hospitals also.
After the death of Waghjee Thakor, Prince Lakhdhirji Thakor announced the King of Morbi. He also did remarkable job in the History of Morbi. In his time Electric powerhouse and Telephone exchange were built. He also built Temples, Technical High School and Engineering college. This college is now know as the name of ‘L.E.College’.
In 1947, India became independent and Morbi had been associated with the India.
So this was the talk of old Morbi and It’s kingdom. After that Modern Morbi come into existence. Morbi started to grow in all sides. Right now Morbi is the hub of the Ceramic and Wall clock industries. With near about 390 Ceramic and 150 Wall clocks industries, Morbi has it’s own special place among Indian Industries.
There are always some disasters associated with any city or place. Morbi was getting success over success. But suddenly it got two breaks over it. Yes Morbi has been survived from 2 biggest disasters. Even world has noticed these disasters. In 1979, Burst of Macchu – 2 Dam and in 2000, Biggest earthquake of Indian history.
Morbi is situated on the bank of Machchu River. Machchu Dam was built over the Machchu River for the convenience of Morbi people.
It was the day of 11 August, 1979. It was raining heavily since last 2 days. All work had been stopped due to heavy rain. People were enjoying the rain. Suddenly at 3:30 in the noon, one of the walls of Machchu Dam fall down and Game of the Death begun. Within 2 hours whole Morbi had been controlled by the water of Machchu River.
People with multi-storey building climbed up on the Top floor. But there were not such many buildings exist that time. Some unlucky people had been shielded in their house and couldn’t come out alive.
There were near about 12000 people died in this flood. Not only people but animals also…. Lots of hands of help came from around the world to survive the Morbi after this disaster. It took near about 3 years for Morbi to wake up form this disaster. And again started to work…
Earthquake January 2001
26th January 2001, India was celebrating it’s 52nd Republic Day. Suddenly a quake of 7.9 ruined some part of Gujarat. The center point of this earthquake was just 80 kms away from Morbi. This time old Morbi, inside area of Nehru Gate, had been affected more. Near about 250 died in this disaster. Most of Historical places dilapidated after this disaster.
This time also lots of help came from around the World. Even Rich citizens helped a lot this time. And now what…. a whole New Modern Morbi exist! But this help couldn’t save the old Historical places.