September 12th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Archaeological places in Ratlam district
Archaeological places in Ratlam district
We are mentioning, out of the above list, the Jat history connections of some important villages in Ratlam district which are also places of archaeological importance:
* Bajna Ratlam (बाजना) - There is a temple of Bhadrakali at Bajna at a distance of 36 km from Ratlam city in Malwa region. This Bhadrakali temple is of the period of Parmara rulers and known as Garhkhankhai mataji. This temple is situated in dense forested area of the valley at the sangam of Karan river and Mahi river. Raja Bhoj had constructed this temple.
* Barbad (बरबड़) - Barbad Hanuman temple is at a distance of 3 km from Ratlam.
* Borda Ratlam (बोरड़ा) - This place is very ancient. At some distance from the village is situated a tapasya sthala of rishi Bhrigu.
* Bilpank - The Bilpakeshwara temple is located at a distance of 18 kms, South-West direction from Ratlam. It is approached through a deviation fare-weather Road about 3 kms from Mhow-Neemach Highway. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is built in Pachayatana variety. It was constructed in circa 10-11th Century A.D., over low Jagati consisting of plain mouldings. It is easterly oriented Nirandhara Mulaprasada and this Mulaprasada includes Sapta-Ratha-Garbhagriha. The temple is recta in plan and consists of a Garbhagriha, Antarala and a Mahamandapa, all in axis facing East. This temple is built in Gurjara-Chalukyan style of architecture, a contemporary style of the Paramara temple architecture. Such type of temples are noticed at Atree and Krishnavilas, Kota, Rajasthan.
* Dharad (धराड़) - Dhanoi (धनोई) Dhanoha (धनोहा) gotra of Jats originated from place named Dharad  Dharad is very ancient village. The ruler of Ratlam Raja Ratan Singh had come to this village initially. There is an ancient temple of Shankara. There is a cave under the temple.This temple is under protection of Archaeology Department.
* Dodiana (डोडियाना) - There is also a village called Dodiyana (डोडियाना) in Jaora tahsil in Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh. Its population is 1,184. It probably gets name after Dodiya rulers. It is inhabited by many Jat Gotras.
* Gunawad (गुणावद) - Gunawad has temples of Shankaraji and Mataji on the bank of Maleni River. There are remains of ancient statues scattered all around the temple. This is very ancient village even of period earlier than Mauryas and the Guptas. Faridsahab paid homage to the God about 1400 years back while he stayed at Badawda. There is a tomb constructed in his memory. People come to this place from far off places.
* Jamthun (जामथुन) - Jamthun village in Ratlam tahsil in Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh, located in northwest of Ratlam city, has traces of ancient habitation. It is known as the city of Jamvanta (जाम्*वन्त). Bricks of ancient times have been found in the excavations. There is a water tank of very ancient style. There is need to further do the excavations and discover its past history.
* Jhar - Jhar is located 12 kms, East of Bhatpachalana in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh. It is connected with Kachhalana Road with Laptiya - Sandala. Jhar means a 'water spring'. The name Jhar probably has been assigned to this place due to a Jharana on the site. Jhar possesses the ruins of a Shiva temple of Bhumija style which are assignable to the Paramara period i.e., 11th century A.D. The sculptures of this temple are lying scattered around it.
* Namli (नामली) - Very ancient historical village inhabited by many Jat gotras. The Namli Garh is built on an artificial mound, held together by fortified walls.
* Panched (पंचेड़) - There is a place of Bhanapaji (भाणपाजी) near the village Panched. A fair is organized every year of Bhanapaji. 
* Piploda (पिपलोदा) - There is a huge beautiful statue of Gajananda Ganesha at Piploda. There is also mataji temple near Piploda. 
Piploda was made the capital by Dodiya clan kshatriya Shardul Singh in 1547. There was a strong fort on the top of a hillock. The fort had a ditch on one side surrounded by Khedra nalah. Goddess Chamunda was Kuladevi of the Dodiya rulers. The Dodiya rulers were well protected due to the fort. They never hesitated to challenge the powerful Rajput rulers of Rajasthan. Maharawat Pratap Singh (1673-1708) of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan defeated Dodiya ruler Rawat Bhawat Singh (1663-1703). On accepting his supremacy Maharawat Pratap Singh returned the statehood to Dodiya rulers. Later Dodiya rulers successively ruled under the reign of Yashwant Rao Holker, Jaora Nawab Gafoor Khan, and British rule. 
Dodiya is a Jat clan found in Ratlam and Nimach in Madhya Pradesh and Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. It is probably a variant of Dudi Jat Gotra. In Malwa region they are called as Dodiya, Dundi, Dundiya etc. due to local language variation.
* Sukheda (सुखेड़ा) - Sukheda village has a cave here on Khedapati Hanuman Tekari. This type of cave is also there in temple of Laxman Singhji. The Somnath temple of this place is very ancient. 
1. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art,Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p. 115
2. ↑ Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 p.258
3. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art,Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.113
4. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art, Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.116
5. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art, Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.115
6. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art, Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.116
7. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art, Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.116
8. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art,Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4,p 111
9. ↑ Dr Ajit Raizada: Art, Archaeology and History of Ratlam, Sharada Prakashan Delhi, 1992, ISBN 81-85320-14-4, p.116
Note - Detailed article about Ratlam may be read on Jatland Wiki at
September 13th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Jats in Inddian Epics
Originally Posted by drssrana2003
Rana Saheb has raised very important issue regarding the antiquity of Jat word. We have to consider the clan names to prove the antiquity. Only Jat will not serve.
I have given distribution of Jat clans in various districts having Jat population. I selected districts mainly for this study from Central India and Rajasthan. Districts so far selected for Jat clan distribution study were
Sikar, Jaipur, Tonk, Chittorgarh, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan
Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh
Mandsaur, Nimach, Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh
These can be seen from the thread on Jatland at -
http://www.jatland.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19018 - Distribution of Jats
We have selected these districts purposefully. Based on a book by
Sandhya Jain:Adi Deo Arya Devata - A Panoramic View of Tribal-Hindu Cultural Interface, Rupa & Co, 7/16, Ansari Road Daryaganj, New Delhi, 2004
We took on Jatland Wiki a number of Mahabharata Tribes, which can be seen here -
Sandhya Jain writes on page 115 that
"The geographical list attempts to specify the locations of the various settlements of Bharatavarsha. It was probably compiled by a geographer of Madhyadesa,who placed the Kuru-Panchala country at the centre of his efforts and enumerated the various lands and people, arriving at a fairly comprehensive ethnographic dictionary of India."
Thus The geographer of the Mahabharata had an intimate knowledge of tribes in the region. This is the reason we find Jat clans in Mahabharata. Mahabharata mentions Jat as well as clan names in various Parvas. We have complied all the tribes appearing in Mahabharata at -
Click the blue active link of each Parva in above link of Mahabharata and find clans in various Chapters.
I find that distribution is almost similar during Mahabharata period and today.
Similar is the situation in today's distribution of Jats. We find that some Jats still today use Jat as surname but others prefer to write their clan name as surname.
This also proves that there is nothing like Aryan Invasion in India.
September 25th, 2009, 02:11 PM
jats in epics
Bhai laxman tane to mere dimag maan aaj jat ke bare man bata ke pura gaurav bhar diya.Bhai hum jat to bhai hain hi great sen.Ib to sara world bhi maane jane sai.
Really a great study.Salute u for discovering our roots & realizing us that we are a great communuty.
Originally Posted by lrburdak
September 27th, 2009, 10:59 PM
Jats in Indian Epics
Many historians writing on the Jats , especially those from the community of Jats have connected the expression ‘ajayaj jarto hUNAnin Chandragomin’s grammar with Yashodharman (589 Malava Samvat = 532 A.D.) in an attempt to establish his Jat identity. Chandra Gomin had used this expression to illustrate the use of Lang Lakara (for referring to incidents in the sense of recent past, excluding those of the same day).
In the first place the reading jjarto is not undisputable. The alternative reading ‘gupto’ had been suggested by some scholars. Chandra Gomin’s time cannot be dragged to the period around which (first half of the sixth century A.D.) by which time the defeat of the Hunas at the hand of Yashodharman could have become a thing of the past (however close in proximity of time). The imagery used by Vasula, son of Kakka, in the Mandasaur Inscription of Yashodharman to describe Mihirakula’s defeat at the former’s hand is similar to the one the same author uses in describing the defeat of Tormana at the hand of PrakashaDharman, the immediate predecessor (most likely, father) of Yashodharman in the Risthal (near Mandasaur) Inscription of Malava Samvat 572 =515-16 A.D.
Yashodharman belonged to an eminent family of rulers of malva for quite a long time. The were ‘Aulikaras’. If this is connected with the modern day clan name ‘Aulack’found among the Jats the argument deserves to be examined. But before saying any thing with certainty one has to lok for any survivals of this clan name in the Mandasaur area.B.S. Dahiya’s attempt to give Yashodharman a Virk identity is without any basis. How could we label Yashodharman as aVirk and an Aulikara at the same time?.
September 28th, 2009, 04:55 AM
What is an " Aulikara" ?