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Bhoj (भोज)[1]/ Bhojak (भोजक)[2] or Bhoja is a gotra of Jats. Bhoja clan is found in Nimach district in Madhya Pradesh in India.


Bhoj gotra gets its name from Maharaja Bhoja. The descendants of Maharaja Bhoja were known as Bhoj. Maharaja Bhoja was son of Druhyu, the Chandravanshi Jatvansh King Yayati.[3]


39. Bhoja (भॊज) , Mahabharata tribe, were Descendants of Yayati's son Druhyu (Mbh.I.80.26), they were closely linked With the Yadavas in the epic. (VI.20.14) One branch headed by Krtavarma sided with the Kauravas.

यदॊस तु यादवा जातास तुर्वसॊर यवनाः सुताः
दरुह्यॊर अपि सुता भॊजा अनॊस तु मलेच्छ जातयः (I.80.26)
महारदैर अन्धकवृष्णिभॊजैः; सौराष्ट्रकैर नैरृतैर आत्तशस्त्रैः
बृहथ्बलः कृतवर्माभिगुप्तॊ; बलं तवथीयं थक्षिणतॊ ऽभिपाति (VI.20.14)
The Mahabharata Tribe - Bhoja (भॊज) may be identified with Jat Gotra - Bhoj (भोज) found in Nimach district in Madhya Pradesh.

Mathura was the capital of the closely linked clans of Vrishni, Andhaka, and Bhoja. [4] They are generally known as Yadavas after their eponymous ancestor Yadu, and sometimes as Surasenas after another famed ancestor. The kingdom of Andhakas was at place called Ānjaī to the north of Mathura Janapada. [5]

Migration of Bhojas to Dwaraka

Jarasandha, father-in-law of Kans, invaded Mathura with a vast army; and though Krishna destroyed his army of demons, another asura, Kalayavan by name, surrounded Mathura with another army of thirty million monstrous fiends. Then Krishna thought it well to depart to Dwaraka along with his people Vrishnis, Bhojas and Andhakas. [6]

Formation of Jat sangha

Krishna departed to Dwaraka along with Andhakas, Vrishnis, Bhojas etc clans. Mahabharata mentions in chapter 25, shloka 26 that Lord Krishna founded a federation ‘Gana-sangha’ of Andhak and Vrishni clans. This federation was known as ‘Gyati-sangh’. Each member of this ‘Gyati-sangh’ was known as ‘Gyat’. Krishna was chief of this sangha. The chief of Andhaka republic was Ugrasena. Over a period of time ‘Gyati’ became ‘Gyat’ and it changed to Jat. The use of sutra - Jat jhat sanghate in sanskrit by Panini's grammar seems to have started from here. Thus Krishna is the real ancestor and founder of Jats. [7] [8]

Bhoja Jat Gotra

Bhoja Jat Gotra is found in Nimach district in villages: Kesarpura, Morvan,


Notable persons from this gotra

External links


  1. O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu, p.55, s.n. 1961
  2. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. भ-22
  3. Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p.274
  4. Genealogy of Yadavas
  5. Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p.225
  6. Sister Nivedita & Ananda K.Coomaraswamy: Myths and Legends of the Hindus and Bhuddhists
  7. Mahabharata: Krishna – Narad Uvach
  8. Thakur Deshraj: Jat Itihas ,pp.106-109

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