Monday, 21 November 2011

Mangela Koli Samaj

This blog is started to discuss about customs, traditions, recipes, languages, villages,  problems, festivals, traditional costumes, views about society, etc of the Koli Mangela Samaj.
This will help the generation to know, feel love, respect for the samaj.


  1. Koli

    The Koli community is mainly engaged in fishing and farming and are spread across the Konkan belt. Most of their colonies are found close to the seashore and called as Koliwadas. Kolis almost exclusively speak Marathi language, though some Koli communities speak a variant dialect of Marathi. They have several subcastes which include Mahadeo Koli, Malhar Koli, Son Koli, Dongar Koli, Mangela Koli etc. but presently the intermarriages among subcastes are very common. The koli community has its own distinct identity and lively dances. Most Kolis have Khandoba and Bhavani as their family deity. Besides these worship of many local deities is common with special affinity to goddess Ekveera of Karla (Near Lonavala)

  2. Mangela Kolis :
    Mangela Kolis is a subcaste among the Maharashtrian Koli community. They are found in most of the villages along the coast from north of Mumbai in Maharashtra. They speak Mangeli, a dialect of Marathi with a Gujrathi influence.

    History and origin:
    The etymology of the word Mangela comes from the words Mang, meaning fishing nets in the Marathi language and Ela meaning people. Literally, the word means a fisherman, and the Mangela Koli are a community of Koli fishermen.

    According to some traditions, the Mangela community originates from Roha Raigadh, in South India and migrated from South India, and settled at western north coast of Maharashtra. They now speak Kokani and those settled in Gujarat also speak Gujarati.

    The villages of Mangela community:
    Mangelia Koli villages are found from Mumbai to South Gujrat. Here is a list of the main ones:

    * Colaba
    * Cuff Parade
    * Khar-Danda
    * Mahim
    * Thane
    * juhu tara mangelwadi & juhu moragaon
    * versova
    * Eksar (Borivali)
    * Vazira (Borivali)
    * Gorai
    * Uttan Dongari
    * Killa Bandar
    * Pachu Bandar
    * Vasai
    * Rangaon
    * Kalamb
    * nalasopara
    * Navapur (vatar)
    * Arnala
    * Arnala Killa
    * Bolinj
    * Virar
    * Dongarpada
    * Narangi
    * Datiware
    * Kore
    * Eaidawan
    * Usarni
    * Kelva
    * Revala
    * Dadar Pada
    * Kelve Mahim
    * Tembhi
    * Vadrai
    * Shirgaon
    * Satpati
    * Kharekhuran
    * Murabe
    * Alewadi
    * Nangoan
    * Navapur
    * Uchheli
    * Dandi
    * Ghivli
    * Kambode
    * Phofaran
    * Tarapur
    * Chinchani
    * Bobhata
    * Dandepada
    * Varor
    * Gungwada
    * Dhakti Dahanu
    * Dahanu (Fort)
    * Narpad
    * Chikhala
    * Gholwad
    * Bordi
    * Daheri
    * Umargaon
    * Nargor
    * Jhai
    * Maroli
    * Kalai
    * Kachhigam
    * Moti Daman
    * Nani Daman
    * [Devka Mangelwada (Daman)]
    * Udvada
    * Umarsadi(Mangelwad)
    * Surwada

  3. Datiware

    Datiware is a village in the state of Maharashtra (Palghar taluk, Thane district) in India on the northern bank of Datiware creek at the mouth of the river Vaitarna. This area is especially famous for being its birds and is a popular destination for birdwatchers in winter.


    Latitude 19° 31' 0N, Longitude 72° 46' 0E, Altitude 7 meters


    As of 2001 India census, datware had a population of 1,489. Males constitute 745 of the population and females 744. Number of total households was 326. [3]

    The area has a variety of habitats including rural agricultural fields, estuary and sea-shore.


    The following is a list of birds recorded. [ [ Mailing list: Birds of Bombay,Dativare trip report (Message # 1709)] ] About 150 or more species may be seen during winter. [ [ trip report] ]

    * Barn Swallow
    * Black-bellied Finchlark
    * Black-bellied Plover
    * Black-headed Gull
    * Black-tailed Godwit
    * Black Drongo
    * Blyth's Pipit
    * Brahminy Myna
    * Brown-headed Gull
    * Caspian Tern
    * Common Babbler
    * Common Myna
    * Common Redshank
    * Common Sandpiper
    * Cormorant
    * Crow Pheasant
    * Curlew Sandpiper
    * Golden Plover
    * Gray Heron
    * Great Egret
    * Greater Flamingo
    * Greater Sandplover
    * Green Sandpiper
    * Greenshank
    * Gull-billed Tern
    * Herring Gull (Yellow-legged)?
    * Hoopoe
    * House Crow
    * House Swift
    * Indian Roller
    * Indian Skimmer
    * Indian Skylark
    * Kestrel
    * Lesser Sandplover
    * Lesser Whitethroat
    * Little Egret
    * Little Stint
    * Little Tern
    * Magpie Robin
    * Marsh Harrier
    * Osprey
    * Oystercatcher
    * Palm Swift
    * Pied Crested Cuckoo
    * Pond Heron
    * Red-breasted Flycatcher
    * Red-rumped Swallow
    * Red-wattled Lapwing
    * Reed Warbler
    * Rock Pigeon
    * Rose-ringed Parakeet
    * Rufous-backed Shrike
    * Short-toed Lark
    * Small Green Bee-eater
    * Spoonbill
    * Spotted Dove
    * Spotted Munia
    * Spotted Redshank
    * Stonechat
    * Tailor Bird
    * Temminck's Stint
    * Terek Sandpiper
    * Turnstone


    Datiware is 100 km from Dahisar Checkpost. On the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, take a left turn at Varai Phata (45 km from Dahisar). From Varai phata reach Saphale station. Take a right turn from Saphale station and follow the sign boards to Datiware.

    It can also be reached by sea from Arnala village where a small launch may be available to reach Datiware.

    By rail one has to travel to Saphale station on the Western railway line. From here you can get state transport buses or private vehicles to Datiware

    Fish and fishery

    The area also has numerous mudskippers and other species of fish. They are locally called "nivthi" and the species found here is "Boleophthalmus dussumieri".

    Kolim fishery [ [] ] is a seasonal type of fishing followed in the coastal villages of thane district. Women and children use simple nets in the near shore areas to catch a tiny mysid shrimp, "Mesopodosis orientalis", which is a rather uncommon crustacean. The kolim season in datiware is from March to May.


    Dativre ( Dantivra ) Fort was a seaport in the Mahim Subdivision, Thane District , Bombay Presidency. Ten miles south east of Mahim. Latitude 19° 17' N, Longitude 72° 50' E. Near the town was a small ruined fort probably built by the Portuguese. Average annual trade for five years ending 1878-79, ₤ 11,569 -- viz. exports ₤ 10738, and imports ₤ 831.