Mahil

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Mahil (माहिल)[1][2] [3]is gotra of Jats in Punjab, India and Pakistan.

Origin

This gotra is said to be originated from place called Mahanargarh (महनारगढ़). [4]

History

Dr Pema Ram writes that after the invasion of Alexander in 326 BC, the Jats of Sindh and Punjab migrated to Rajasthan. They built tanks, wells and Bawadis near their habitations. The tribes migrated were: Shivis, Yaudheyas, Malavas, Madras etc. The Shivi tribe which came from Ravi and Beas Rivers founded towns like Sheo, Sojat, Siwana, Shergarh, Shivganj etc. This area was adjoining to Sindh and mainly inhabited by Jats. The descendants of Yaudheyas in Rajasthan are: Kulhari, Kuhad, Mahla, Mahil, Khichar etc. [5]

The inscriptions on the Railing of the Bharhut Stupa record the names of the donors of different parts of the Railing, as of a Pillar, a BRail-bar, or a piece of Coping. Some of them also give the calling or occupation of the donors, and several add the name of their native city, or place of residence. One such inscription on PLATE LIV. Corner Pillars — S. Gate. reads:

55. Bhadanta Mahilasa thabho dānam. = "Pillar-gift of the lay brother Mahila."

Here it mentions about gift of a person named Mahila.

Sub divisions of Chauhan

Bhim Singh Dahiya[6] provides us list of Jat clans who were supporters of the Chauhan when they gained political ascendancy. The Mahil clan supported the ascendant clan Chauhan and become part of a political confederacy.[7]

Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Moga district

Ramu Wala,

Mahils have a population of 2,169 in Patiala district. This clan also claims its origin from the Tur Rajputs and came from the Delhi area. The clan owns four villages: Shahpuri Khurd and Shahpuri Kalan, Namol (all of these three in Sunam sub-district), and Khanpur (in Dhuri sub-district).[8]

Mahils have a population of 7,020 in Amritsar district. [9]

According to B S Dhillon the population of Mahil clan in Jalandhar district is 4,350.[10]

In Hoshiarpur district the Mahil population is 840. [11] In Firozpur district the Mahil population is 1,110. [12]

Distribution in Pakistan

Mahil - The Mahil claim Chandravanshi Rajput ancestry. Muslim Mahil were found in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Firuzpur, Hoshiarpur and Patiala. They are now found in Okara, Khanewal, Sahiwal and Faisalabad districts.

Notable persons

Reference

  1. B S Dahiya:Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), p.240, s.n.136
  2. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. म-58
  3. O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu,p.56,s.n. 2033
  4. Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p. 276
  5. Dr Pema Ram:Rajasthan Ke Jaton Ka Itihas, p.14
  6. Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Appendices/Appendix I,p.316-17
  7. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/J,p.375-76
  8. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p.126
  9. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p.124
  10. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p.127
  11. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p. 127
  12. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p. 127

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