Sihag

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Sihag (सिहाग, सीहाग)[1] is a gotra of Jats found in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi Western Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in India[2]. Apart from India, this gotra is also found in Sindh, Punjab (Pakistan), many countries of Europe and America. Sihags are Suryavanshi Kshatriyas.[3]

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Variants of Sihag

Sihag (सीहाग) , Siyag (सीयाग) , Sehwag (सहवाग) , Suhag (सुहाग),[4] Siag (सीआग) , Siyak (सीयाक), Sihak (सीहाक), Syak (स्याक), Sehag (सेहाग), Syag (स्याग)[5],[6] Sinhwag (सींहवाग), Siwal (सीवाल), Bolan (बोलन), Asii (असी), Asiwagas (असिवागस), Asiagh (असीआग), Asyak (अस्याक), Asyag (अस्याग) Siwag (सिवाग)[7] Asiagh (आसिआघ)[8] are the known variants of the clan name. Bolan (बोलान) is its branch.

Animation highlighting the Ancestral ethnic Scythian Migration component of the Sihag Jats.

They are known as Ashkenaz in Iran, Asiani in Greece, Asii in Central Asia, and Asika in old Indian literature like Mahabharata[9]. Ashangi clan is found in Afghanistan.[10]

History

A Scythian Warrior horseman from 300 BC.
Asirgarh Fort founded by Asiaghs

According to Kautilya the people who depended on "Asii" (sword) for their living were known as Asiagh. Sihag's are one of the most ancient warrior gotra of Jats. James Todd related them with Asii people.

They are Assakenoi, Ashvaka/Aswaka or Assaka or Assagetes or Assakenoi of Greek records in Afghanistan.[11]They were first inhabitants of Scandinavia and they also founded Jutland as their homeland in Europe.[12] Dilip Singh Ahlawat has mentioned them as one of the ruling Jat clans in Central Asia.[13]

They were part of larger Jat clan and were war-like martial race.They ruled on many parts in central Asia and Europe and were major ruling Jat gotra(clan).

Like all other Jats they are merged decendents of Indo-Scythians and Indo-Aryans[14].

Sihag Jats were in a Scythian tribe called Massagetae[15] and lived on the banks of the River Oxus(Amu Darya) along with Her, Bhullar and Dahiya Jat tribes in central asia thousands of years before Christ,than they migrated to northern salt-range Punjab region in India and than Asiagh (Sihag) along with Punia,Godara,Saran,Beniwal and Johiya migrated to north Rajasthan region known as Jangladesh and ruled there till 15th century.[16]

Sihags and Manns of Western Punjab and Rajasthan consider themselves to be the brethren of the Her and Bhular gotras(clan).[17]

The Sihag's are mentioned in the Puranas and the Mahabharat. A Sihag king offered a gift to Yudhisthra on his coronation. Thousands of years ago Her,Dahiya,Bhular and Sihag lived in Iran and Turkistan[18]

Kot Kaloor (Pallu) in Mewar has been the capital of the Sihag rulers. Pahulkot has also been their capital. Some names of these Sihag rulers were Vir Rana, Dhir Rana, Sivaji Sihag, Manak Dev Ji, Chokha Singh Sihag etc. They are mentioned in the manuscript of genealogical tables in the possession of Gorakh Singh.[19]

H. W. Bellew[20] writes that The Achakzi, of all the Afghan tribes are noted for their turbulence and barbarity ; and the Sanskrit name Achi-ho-lada, or Achi-holara, of the Rajataringini expresses this character for it means " The turbulent Achi." Tod, in his enumeration of the Hindu tribes of the Indian desert, mentions the Ashyag, a name which may stand for the Sanskrit Achi, and is evidently the source of the Afghan Achak, whom we have noticed among the Durani clans.

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 Madras in Rajasthan are: Jinja, Bana, Thoria, Lagman, Kamodia, Madal, Devsalya, Junawa, Maderna, Judi, Madrewa, Khokh, Asihag etc. [21]


Chahamans of Marwar V Bali Stone Inscription of Ashvaka S.V. 1200 (1143 AD) mentions a village Thambhila (थांभिल), which probably is the ancient name of this village.

Migration of Sihag's

Traditionally Jats consider their origin from the far northwest and claimed ancient Garh Gajni (modernday area between Ghajni, Afghanistan to Rawalpindi, Pakistan) as their original abode.[22] Persian chronicler Firishta strengthened this view and informs us that Jats were originally living near the river of the Koh-i-Jud (Salt Range) in northwest Punjab.[23] The Jats then occupied the Indus valley and settled themselves on both the banks of the Indus River.

By the fourth century region of Multan was under their control.[24] Then they rose to the sovereign power and their ruler Jit Salindra, who promoted the renown of his race, started the Jat colonisation in Punjab and fortified the town Salpur/Sorpur, near Multan.[25]By the end of seventh century, Jats were thickly populated in Deybal region.[26]Their main population was settled in the lower Sindh.The Chachnama stratified these large population of Jats, as 'the western Jats' (Jatan-i-Gharbi) and 'the eastern Jats' (Jatan-i-Sharqi), [27] living on the eastern and western side of the Indus River. The chronicler s further classified them as 'The Jats living on the banks of the rivers (Lab-i-Daryayi) [28] and the Jats living in plain, desert (Jatan-i-Dashti); and 'the rustic Jats' (rusta'i Jat) living in villages.[29]As Jataki, the peculiar dialect of the Jats, also proves that the Jats must have come from the NW Punjab and from other districts (e.g. Multan) dependent upon the great country of the Five rivers.[30]

By the end of fifth and the beginning of the sixth century, Sihag's and Jat's southward migration, second in line, took place and they reached Kota in Rajasthan, probably via Bikaner regions. From Kota they migrated further east and established their rule at Malwa under the rule of Salichandra, son of Vira Chandra. Salichandra erected a minster (mindra) on banks of the river Taveli in Malwa.[31] Probably after their defeat by Sultan Mahmud in 1027 AD, and later hard pressed by the Ghaznavi Turkish Commander, the Jats of Sind again migrated to Rajasthan and settled themselves in Bundi regions.[32] The second inscription found at Bundi probably dates from circa samvat 1191 (1135 AD) possibly refers to the Jats as opponents of the Parmara rulers of Rajasthan.[33]

When Muhammad bin Qasim attacked Dahlilah, a fortified town in between Roar and Brahmanabad, most of the inhabitants (the Jats) had abandoned the place and migrated to Rajasthan via desert and took shelter in the country of Siru (modern Sirohi distict) which was then ruled by King Deva Raj, a cousin of Rai Dahir.[34]

However, the third migration took place in early eighth century, Sihag's and Jats of lower Sind migrated to Rajasthan, probably via Barmer regions to Bikaner, Ganganagar and Hanumangarh. By the twelfth century, the Jats settled in western Punjab, as the native poet Abul Farj Runi mentions them along with the Afghans.[32] Meanwhile, they also extended their abode in the eastern part of the Punjab (now Haryana to Sirsa and Hisar), as in the end of the twelfth century they resisted Qutb-ud-din Aybak in the region of Hansi.[35]

Villages founded by Sihag clan

Rulers in Jangladesh (Rajasthan)

Map of Rajasthan with districts

It has been said by James Todd,Thakur Deshraj and many other historians that that Asiagh (Sihag), Punia, Godara, Saran, Beniwal and Johiya were aboriginal owners of Land of Maroo, Jangladesh(Rajasthan)[36].They were nomadic tribes and lived pastoral life like all other scythians.James Todd considers them to be Getae of major Scythian tribe massagetae(Great Jats)[37].

According to Thakur Deshraj, Todd and Dayaldas, Asiagh (Sihag) were rulers in North Jangladesh (Rajasthan) prior to the rule of Rathores . Jangladesh coincided with the princely state of Bikaner in Rajasthan. When Rathores under the leadership of Bika and Kandal were spreading their rule in Jangladesh[38], At that time Asiagh(Sihag) Jat were ruling in about 150 villages in Jangledesh.Another view by historians is that they ruled about 350 vilages[39]. Chokha Singh Sihag was their king and their capital was at Pallu (Kot Kaloor) town and their another capital was Sui(Sihaggoti). Rawatsar, Devasar, Biramsar, Moteir, Dandusar and Gandeli were other famous towns in their state.Birhmani Mata's mandir at Pallu(Kot Kaloor) is very famous. It is known that Shivaji Siag had drunk the milk of a lioness. Son of Shivaji Siag, Manak Dev Ji had a war with Momgharuka (king of Kot Kaloor) and won. The name of daughter of Momgharuka was Pal and modern Pallu town was named after her and its earliar its name was Kot Kaloor . The name of Manak Dev Ji's wife was Laachha Devi. Laachha Devi was of Dudi Gotra. Manak Dev Ji had died in war with Laakha. Manak Dev Ji's wife was burnt as 'Sati' at a Johad (pond) in Pallu[40].

Pallu(Kot Kaloor) was the main attraction of Jain religion and there many 11th century old Idols(मूर्तियाँ) had found. One of those Idols(मूर्तियाँ) are now in National musium,New Delhi and another in Bikaner musium.[41]


Chokha Singh Sihag had war with Rathores but the Godara Jats and Delhi Muslims had aligned with Rathores due to which Asiaghs faced a defeat. Rathores had established good relations with the Delhi Muslim rulers and became powerful. The lack of harmony and coordination among other Jat rulers led to the defeat of Jat states in Jangladesh and established the Rathore Kingdom.It has been known that even after defeat Sihag Jats did'nt accepted Rathore's rule and they knew that Sihag Jats will be great trouble for them so,Rathore's cheated Sihag's and called them in a hall(बाड़ा) for conference(बातचीत) and locked the hall from all sides and burnt them alive by fraud (धोखे से जींदा जला दीया). Part of above information has been obtained from Gorakh Singh,Thakur Deshraj, Todd and Dayaldas and Uday Singh,Rao of Siags (ancestry record keeper), who lives in Gobindgarh village near Ajmer.[42] [43][44]

They were also the chieftains of a place called ‘Kod Khokhar’ in Mewar region of Rajasthan. After some time they reached Marwar and constructed fort at Pahalkot (Pallukot) in memory of their chieftain named Pallu. They occupied Pallukot and Dadreda areas. Pahalu or Pall was title of Rana. Their ancestors were Vir Rana and Dhir Rana had ruled over the land of Medpat prior this.[45]

ठाकुर देशराज लिखते हैं

ठाकुर देशराज लिखते हैं कि असियाग लोगों को ‘असि’ शब्द के कारण कुछ इतिहासकारों ने असीरिया से लौटे हुए लिखा है, किन्तु बात ऐसी नहीं है। आरम्भ में ये लोग असीरगढ़ में रहते थे। यहीं से एक भाग यूरोप चला गया, जिसके कारण उनके उपनिवेश का नाम असीरिया प्रसिद्ध हुआ। जांगल-प्रदेश में बसने वाले असियाग नाम से प्रसिद्ध हुए। असि तलवार को कहते हैं। कौटिल्य ने शस्त्रोपजीवी और शास्त्रोपजीवी गणों का उल्लेख किया है। असियाग शस्त्रोपजीवी थे अर्थात् जिनकी आजीविका शस्त्र अथवा तलवार (असि) थी। जांगल-प्रदेश के 150 ग्रामों पर इनका अधिकार था। इनके राज्य की सीमा में ही रावतसर, वीरमसर, दांदूसर और गण्डेली आदि थे। इनके राज्य की राजधानी पल्लू में थी। राजा का नाम चोखासिंह। राठौरों के युद्ध में वर्षों तक लड़ने के बाद इनका भी राज्य नष्ट हो गया।


जाट इतिहास:ठाकुर देशराज,पृष्ठान्त-620


अपनी स्वतंत्रता की रक्षा के लिए असियागों ने कोई कसर न छोड़ी थी। स्वतंत्रता-अपहरण हो जाने के बाद भी इन्होंने उद्योग किया कि शत्रु से अपना राज्य छीन लें, किन्तु उस समय तक शत्रु की शक्ति बहुत बढ़ गई थी। देहली के बादशाहों से उस समय राठौरों का सम्बन्ध स्थापित हो जाने के कारण यह एक दम असम्भव हो गया था कि असंगठित जाट, जो कि आपस में ही एक-दूसरे के शत्रु बने हुए थे, अपना राज वापस ले लेते।

सिहाग गोत्र की बोलान शाखा

सिहाग गोत्र की बोलान शाखा का विकास बाबर (1483 – 1530) के समय में रणजीत सिंह सिहाग से हुआ। पानीपत के युद्ध के समय उनकी एक प्रेयसी बेगम रास्ता भटक कर रतिया नामक स्थान पर पहुँच गयी। रंजीत सिंह सिहाग को जब पता लगा कि एक नारी भटक कर आई है तो उसको अपने परिवार में शरण दे दी। वहीँ बेगम ने एक पुत्र को भी जन्म दिया बताते हैं जो आगे चलकर बाबर के वंश का किसी क्षेत्र का महत्वपूर्ण शासक बना। बाबर जब वापस पंजाब होकर कांधार जा रहा था तो उसको रानी का पता चला। खुश होकर उसने रणजीत सिंह को कुछ मांगने के लिए कहा। रणजीत सिहाग ने एक नगाड़ा माँगा। रणजीत सिहाग ने शरणागत की रक्षा कर कुल को यशस्वी बनाया। समाज ने माँगने की बात पर प्रतिक्रिया स्वरुप एकत्र होकर उसे बोला की संज्ञा दी जो बोलान का अपभ्रंश है। उसके वंशज बोलान कहलाये। रतिया बोलान, सिवानी बोलान, सिसाय बोलान गाँव सिहाग गोत्री हैं। ये रणजीत सिंह के वंशज माने जाते हैं। रणजीत सिंह को बाबर ने नगाड़ा बजाने कि स्वीकृति दी थी जो उस काल में बड़ी प्रतिष्ठा का प्रतीक थी। इसीलिए आज समाज में विवाह के अवसर पर स्त्रियां गति है - "नगाड़ा बाज्या हे रणजीत का म्हारै हाकिम आया।"[46]

दादी जाखण सिहाग : दूसरी एक किंवदंती है कि रणजीत सिंह सिहाग के परिवार में ही रिश्ते में उसकी एक बहन जाखड़ नाम की महिला थी। उसका रिश्ता भटिंडा में कर दिया था, लेकिन उसकी शादी नहीं हुई थी । उसका होने वाला पति जब जंगल के क्षेत्र से गुजर रहा था तो शेर से भिडंत हो गयी और वह मारा गया परन्तु वीरता से लड़ा और शेर भी घायल होकर दम तोड़ दिया। इस बात का पता रतिया गाँव में जाखड़ को पता लगा तो वह सती हो गयी। दादी जाखड़ के नाम से एक मंदिर इस क्षेत्र में है। सिहाग लोगों में इस मंदिर कि बहुत मान्यता है। इस सती मंदिर में एक भव्य मेले का भी आयोजन होता है। बोलन सिहाग क्षत्रिय दादी जाखड़ की पूजा अर्चना कर अपने को धन्य समझते हैं। [47]

Story about King Chokha Singh Sihag

Once Godara king had sent his messenger to King Chokha Singh Sihag Ji of Jangladesh to irritate king Chokha Singh ji and provoke him to fight. So, that messenger went to Devasar village near Pallu. There is a pond in Devasar village where Chokha Singh ji used to take bath and meditated on its shore. Chokha Singh ji was meditating when that messenger reached him. The messenger reached him and said," I am a messenger of Godaras, give me some offerings". Chokha Singh ji replied, " If you want to have food, it will be prepared soon but I don't give offerings." As the messenger was ordered to say to Chokha Singh ji, he said,"What type of king you are?" On this, Chokha Singh ji took a handful of water and splashed it onto the messenger. Chokha Singh ji said," Take this and go away". But the messenger was astonished on seeing that the water had turned into gold Ashrafees. When the messenger returned to Godara king, he told them:-

सियागां मैं सम्प घणों, दूजी जात न जोड़ Siagaan mein samp ghano, dooji jaat na jod
सियाग चोखै दान दियो, छपन लाख करोड़ Siag Chokhai daan diyo,chappan lakh crore

Mention in Greek records

Megasthenes

Asiagh is one of the Jat clans as described by Megasthenes. Megasthenes was an ambassador of Seleucus I of Syria to the court of Sandrocottus (Chandragupta Maurya) of India, in Pataliputra.[48]


According to Megasthenes, at that time Asiagh Jats were inhabited in northern salt-range Punjab region, known as Amanda.


:23.Then succeeds a level tract of country known by the general name of Amanda (Manda) - The Peucolaitae (Panghal), Arsagalitae (Asiagh), Geretae (Getae), Asoi (Asiagh) - whereof the tribes are four in number.[49][50]


Please read - Jat clans as described by Megasthenes.


H. W. Bellew[51] writes that After the capture of Aornos, Alexander, descending from the Rock, marched into the territories of the Assakenoi (perhaps the Aswaka or Assaka, the tribe perhaps of the Assagetes, which name may stand for Assa Jat of the Assa tribe of the Jat nation or race; the Assakenoi may be now represented by the Yaskun as before stated), in pursuit of the Barbarians who had fled into the mountains there; and when he arrived at the city of Dyrta (capital perhaps of the Darada), there, he found both that and the country around entirely destitute of inhabitants. (Alexander appears to have crossed the Barandu river into the Puran and Chakesar valleys, now inhabited by the Chagharzi Afghans; there is a castellated village in Chakesar called Daud perhaps the Musalman disguise of a native Dardu, possibly so named from inhabitants of the Dardu tribe.)

Isa stands for Asi or Asiani the Asioi of Strabo, one of the four Skythian tribes that deprived the Greeks of Baktriana. [52]

In Central Asia

Sihag(Asii): Battle between the Sihag (Asii) and the Greeks 140BC which Sihag(Asii) won (Viktor Vasnetsov, 1881).

I.Sara, a Canadian barrister and solicitor has pointed out that the recent excavations in the Ukraine and Crimea provide visible links of Jats and Scythians.


Cap. Dalip Singh Ahalawat has reported in an article published in Jat Samaj Patrika (Oct./Nov.1991) that Jats had ruled in Scythia and Central Asia. He has given a list of about 70 Jat gotras who have ruled over there[53].

Cap. Dalip Singh has mentioned following Jat gotras who ruled over Scythia and Central Asia in his book "jat veeron ka itihaas"- 1.Saka 2.Barbar 3.Shivi 4.Palhav 5.Chol 6.Kamboj 7.Valhik 8.Pandyav 9.Rishik 10.Tushar 11.Kundu 12.Nagavanshi 13.Kalkhande 14.Kang 15.Darad 16.Sihag 17.Her 18.Bhullar 19.Dahiya 20.Maurya-Maur 21.Nav-Nauvar 22.Yaudheya 23.Jakhar 24.Punia 25.Gaur 26.Naga 27.Kalkal 28.Kuru-Kaurav 29.Tomar-Tanwar 30.Tur 31.Tatran 32.Maan 33.Ven 34.Ojhlan 35.Kashyap 36.Kaswan 37.Kuran 38.Pahalvi 39.Sandharan 40.Odhran 41.Hans 42.Dabas 43.Chahal 44.Sikarwar 45.China 46.Gill 47.Gujar 48.Johal 49.Lamba 50.Chhikara 51.Ghangas 52.Nohwar 53.Puruya-Paurav 54.Ahlawat 55.Kataria 56.Khatkar 57.Rathi 58.Sindhu 59.Chalukya 60.Gulia 61.Kuntal-Khoontal 62.Khasa 63.Tangal 64.Utar 65.Sheoran 66.Mirdha-Mira 67.Baraich 68.Shishi 69.Dagar 70.Bhadra.[54]


Map of area around the Aral Sea. Aral Sea boundaries are circa 1960. Countries at least partially in the Aral Sea watershed are in yellow.


According to Todd's Rajasthan (based upon the writings of Justin and Herodotus), thousands of years before Christ, the Sihag Mahajati tribe lived on the bank of the River Oxus(Amu Darya). The Her, Bhullar and Dahiya also lived in the adjoining countries of Iran and Turkistan[55].

They were one of the nomadic tribes, mentioned in Roman and Greek accounts who are said to have been responsible for the downfall of the state of Bactria circa 140 BCE.They defeated Greeks. These tribes are usually identified as Scythian or Saka peoples[56].


Thakur Deshraj has mentioned in his book on History of Jats “Jat Itihas” (Hindi) (1934) that the country Assyria gets its name from Asiagh gotra Jats. The origin of word Asiagh is from Sanskrit word ‘Asii’ meaning sword. According to Kautilya the people who depended on ‘Asii’ (sword) for their living were known as Asiagh. The Asiaghs moved from Asirgarh in Malwa to Europe. Those who settled in Jangladesh were called Sihag and those who moved to Scandinavia were known as Asii. Jats entered Scandinavia around 500 BCE and their leader was Odin Singh. James Tod considers Odin to be derived from Buddha or Bodan. The Asii Jats founded Jutland as their homeland in Scandinavia. The religious book of Scandinavia ‘Edda’ mentions that the ancient inhabitants of Scandinavia were Jats or Jits who were Aryans known as Asii people and came to this land from Asirgarh.[57]


Asirgarh is a site of an ancient fort situated in Burhanpur district of Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh, India. Thakur Deshraj further quotes Scandinavian writer Mr Count Johnsturn who says that Scandinavians came from India. According to James Tod Scandinavia is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Skandhnabh’.[58]


The above view is further supported by Mangal Sen Jindal (1992): History of Origin of Some Clans in India (with special Reference to Jats), (ISBN 81-85431-08-6) that the people of Scandinavia were Jats and they founded Jutland as their homeland.[59]

Quoting Herodotus Todd writes that these people worshipped according to Indian customs and they considered sight of certain birds as good omen.[60]

It is of interest that ancient name of Hansi in Hisar district of Haryana was also Asigarh.

According to G. Bongard-Levin and A. Vigasin, Soviet studied have revealed that the migration of steppes tribes from Central Asia started in second century BCE. Excavation in Tajikistan and Swat (Pakistan) reveal the presence of Aryan culture in Central Asia at that time. Some groups of these people like Asiagh jats and many other jats had lineage directly with the Rig Vedic Aryans.[61]

The Scythian tribes in second century BCE crossed Pamir and moved to north India. They carried with them some elements of the Central Asian culture. The sword, “Asii” in Sanskrit, is one of them that came to Taxila.

Taxila is in western Punjab, and was an important city during Alexander's campaign in ancient India.


From the above description it becomes clear that the Asiagh people were the first wave of Scythians from Central Asia.

Lake Urmia (Persian: دریاچه ارومیه) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. Lake Urmia has 102 islands. Asiaghs had number of island in their name. Their names are as follows: Ashk (Asiagh), Ashksar (Asiagh), Ashku (Asiagh),

In Mahabharata

The Assaka Mahajanapada

They were known as Asika/Asmaka/Assaka/Ashmaka in Mahabharat.

The Mahabharata Tribe - Asmaka (अश्मक) is associate with the Iksvaku line of Kshatriyas in Puranas and Buddhist scriptures refer to their land as a Mahajanapada. Identified with Paithan in Aurangabad district, this janapada may have comprised modern Nasik and Aurangabad. Fought with the Pandavas.[62]

Bhisma Parva Mahabharata, Book 6:Chapter 10, writes as Ashmaka about province of Asmaka along with Munda, Sunda, Vidarbha, Asika, Pansurashtra and Goparashtra in shloka 42 as under:

गॊविन्दा मन्दकाः षण्डा विदर्भानूपवासिकाः
अश्मकाः पांसुराष्ट्राश च गॊप राष्ट्राः पनीतकाः (VI.10.42)

Drona Parva Mahabharata mentions Asmakas with Kekayas.

धृष्टथ्युम्नश च थुर्धर्षः शिखण्डी चापराजितः
अश्मकाः केकयाश चैव कषत्रधर्मा च सौमकिः (VII. 61.39)

Assaka, or Ashmaka, was one of the solasa (sixteen) Mahajanapadas of ancient India (700–300 BCE) mentioned in the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya. The mahajanapada was located on the banks of the Godavari River. Its capital was Potali, Potana or Podana, which now lies in the Nandura Tehsil. It was the only Mahajanapada situated to the south of the Vindhya Range , and was in Dakshinapatha. The Buddhist text Mahagovinda Suttanta mentions about a ruler of Assaka, Brahmadatta who ruled from Potana.[63]

Later the people spread southward to the territory of the Rashtrakuta empire, which is now in modern Maharashtra.[64]

Asikanagar: The city of Asiagh

The Hathigumpha inscription of King Kharavela at Bhubaneshwar in Orissa mentions about Asikanagar, a city of Asiaghs, in line 4 as under:

Line 4 - कारयति पनतिसाहि सतसहसेहि पकतियो च रंजयति [।।] दुतिये च वसे अचितयिता सातकनिं पछिमदिसं हय गज नर रध बहुलं दंडं पठापयति [।।] कन्हवेंणां गताय च सेनाय वितासिति असिक नगरं [।।] ततिये पुन वसे

Means - In the second year, without caring for Sātakarnī [His Majesty] sent to the west a large army consisting of horse, elephant, infantry and chariot, and struck terror to Asikanagara with that troop that marched up to the river Kanhavemnā.

An article by K L Faujdar[65] about Raja Kharavela in Orissa mentions about the rule of Kaswan in 2nd century of Vikram samvat. It has been mentioned in ‘Hathi Gumpha and three other inscriptions’ (page 24) in Sanskrit as under:

Sanskrit - कुसवानाम् क्षत्रियानां च सहाय्यतावतां प्राप्त मसिक नगरम्
IAST - “Kusawānāṃ kshatriyānāṃ ca Sahāyyatāvatāṃ prāpt masika nagaraṃ”.

This translates that the city of 'Masiknagara' was obtained with the help of 'Kuswan' Kshatriyas. [65]

According to Sadananda Agrawal interpretation of the city as Masikanagara is not well-supported. Kanhavemṇā is commonly equated with the river Krishna coastal flowing in Andhra Pradesh. However, Krishna lies much to the south of Kalinga, and not west as averred in the epigraph (Devanagari: पछिमदिसं). But there is another stream flowing to the west of Kalinga in Vidarbha and known locally at present as Kanhan which flows about 17 km northwest of Nagpur and joins the river Vena (Wainganga), and it is the combined flow of these two streams that is spoken as Kanhavemṇā in our records.[66] The recent find of a sealing belonging to the Asikajanapada in course of intensive archaeological excavations at Adam (Nagpur district) has solved also the problem of locating Asikanagara whose king or and people became frightful at the arrival of Kharavela's army at Kanhavemṇā. In view of the evidence of a highly prosperous city unearthed at Adam, Prof AM Shastri is of the opinion that Adam itself represents the Asikanagara of Hathigumpha inscription. It is worth noting in the present context that a terracotta sealing having a legend, has been discovered from Adam, situated on the right bank of the river Wainganga, which reads Asakajanapadasa (Devanagari: असकजनपदस).[66]

The township of Asikanagara to the west of Nagpur indicates the township of Asiagh or Siyak jats. This is also supported by Thakur Deshraj that Asiagh Jats moved from Asirgarh in Malwa to Rajasthan. This must have been migration to Rajasthan of these people when their rule came to an end. After this period their rule is recorded in Jangladesh by the Historians James Tod and Thakur Deshraj.

From the above description we can interpret that Kaswan Jat was a chieftain who helped Kharavela in his war expedition. Kaswan Jats must also have moved along with Kharavela to Kalinga.

Distribution in Haryana

Villages in Bhiwani district

Mandhan Tosham, Miran,

Villages in Fatehabad district

Bhattu Kalan, Jandwala Sotter, Phullan,

Villages in Hisar district

In Haryana main Sihag villages are Siwani Bolan, Sisai ( सिसाय)/Sisai Bola, Chautala, Kaimri,

Villages in Jhajjar district

Chhudani (village of cricketer Virender Sehwag) Chautala Matanhail (मातनहैल)-suhag Bishan (बिसहान)

Villages in Jind district

Abhatpur, Haibatpur

Villages in Mahendergarh district

Sareli,

Villages in Sirsa district

Ali- Mohammad (9) Asa khera, Chautala, Dhukara, Jhittikhera, Karamshana, Khari Sureran, Ludesar, Mameran Kalan, Mithanpura, Mithi Sureran, Neemla, Phulkan, Ratta Kheda, Resalia Khera, Suchan, Teja Khera,

Distribution in Rajasthan

Locations in Jaipur city

Himmat Nagar, Jhotwara, Khatipura, Mansarowar Colony

Villages in Jaipur District

Syak jats live in villages: Keshupura, Boraj, Dewala, Mordi (17), Parwan (1), Pawsu (9), Dudu, Rahlana, Hirnoda (2),


Syag jats live in villages: Bhooratiya (4), Gokulpura Pakhan (18), Mohanpura (1),

Villages in Sikar district

Bidsar, Dhandhan (15), Ghana Sikar, Kerpura, Lalsar, Mandeta, Narsas, Sikar,

Villages in Jhunjhunu district

Adooka, Bhurasar Bijnai Ka Bas (Raghunathpura), Indali Gaon, Kodesar, Mainana, Nand Ka Bas, Niradhanu Pipal Ka Bas, Sonasar,

Villages in Nagaur district

Balwa, Bemoth, Chui, Dabriya, Gotan, Habchar, Kaswan Ki Dhani, Kherwa, Lalawas, Maheshpura, Mundiyau, Papasani, Raliyavta, Sarunda, Siyagon Ki Dhani, Shyamsar, Singar, Tadawas, Tarnau,

Villages in Jodhpur district

Barliya, Budkiya, Bahara Khurd, Gharaw (5), Jati Bhandu, Jhanwar, Jodhpur, Kapooriya, Nandiya Khurd, Salwa Kalla, Sointara, Tena,

Villages in Barmer district

Aakli, Balotra, Barmer, Baytu, Bheemra, Bhooniya, Bisaraniya Barmer, Chari Barmer, Chohtan, Daboi, Dharasar, Dholanada, Gangasara, Kharapar, Khudasa (10), Kothala, Madhasar, Madpura Barwala, Neembal Kot, Nimboniyon Ki Dhani, Naukh (50), Ramsar, Sawau, Shyamsar, Sihagon Ki Dhani (Kawas), Sindari, Taratara Math, Utarlai (Kawas), Chaadi, Saranu, Chawa, Siyagoo Ki Dhani (Madupura Baewala), Siyagaon Ki Dhani (Baytu tahsil), Siyagon Ki Dhani (Baytu tahsil), Siyago Ki Beri (t.Gudha Malani), Siyagon Ki Dhani (t.Gudha Malani), Siyagon Ki Dhani Chak No1 (t.Gudha Malani) Ratasar, Sawau Moolraj Baytu,

Villages in Churu district

Balrasar (7), Bheemsana, Bhojasar, Bidasar, Bilyoobas Rampura, Chhajusar Churu (4), Chhapar Churu, Ghasla Agoona, Ghasla Athoona, Gulpura, Hansiawas, Jaitasar, Juharpura, Moleesar Bara, Pahadsar, Ramsara Taal, Raiya Tunda, Rajpura, Roopeli, Sahwa, Sardarshahar, Satyun, Sidhmukh,

Villages in Jaisalmer district

Bhaniyana, Jaisalmer

Villages in Pali district

Dhigarna (4), Dhundhla (Sojat), Sihagon Ki Dhani

Villages in Jalor district

Mirpur Kheda, Siyako Ki Dhani (t.Sanchor),

Villages in Chittorgarh district

Chittorgarh

Villages in Ganganagar district

Amarpura Jatan, Dhingawali, Ghamudwali, Morjand Khari, Nagi, Panniwali, Sihaganwali, Sihagonwali Dhani, Goluwala Sihagan

Villages in Hanumangarh district

Ayalki, Baramsar, Bashir, Bhagwan, Bhairusari, Bharwana, Bojhla, Budhwalia, Chahuwali, Dhaban, Dingarh, Dholipal, Fatuhi, Kharsandi, Khothawali, Kishanpura Utaradha, Makkasar, Munnawali, Nagrana, Nukera, Phephana, Pichkarain, Ramgarh, Ramgarh Ujjalwas, Ratanpura, Ratnisar Mahajan, Saharni, Saliwala, Silwala Khurd, Sangaria, Shergarh Thalarka,

Villages in Bikaner district

Barsingsar, Beegawas Ramsara, Satasar, Surnana,

Villages in Tonk district

Sihag Jats live in villages: Rahimpura (1)

Syag Jats live in villages: Kalyanpura Bawdi (5)

Syak (स्याक) Jats live in villages: Kalyanpura Bawdi (3), Pratappura Diggi (2), Maharajpura (2)

Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Punjab

Villages in Punjab with Siag population are: Abohar, Fazilka, Dhinganwali, Keharianwali, Khanpur, Jhumianwali, Panchkosi, Suana, Taja-patti, Bandiwala, Kikar Wala RUPA Dhinganwali - The village Dhinganwali was founded in 1921 (Vikrami Samvat) by three Siags -Chetan Ram ji, Tiku Ram Ji and Hiro ji who had migrated here from Moteir village in Rajasthan. Six sons of Ch. Ram Rakh Siag -Sahib Ram, Krishan, Rajender, Rai Singh, Arjun Singh and Bhim Sain are living in this village. The eldest of them, is the Sarpanch of the village. Arjun singh was MLA of Abohar during (Punjab) in 1986.

Distribution in Madhya Pradesh

Found in Mandsaur district, where they are called Sihak.

Villages in Hoshangabad district

Guradiya, Mayau Gaon

Villages in Dewas district

Bichkuwa, Dhasad, Saktiya, Borkhedi, Khal

Villages in Mandsaur district

Betikheri, Handari, Kacharia Jat, Laduna (Sitamau), Pipalkhuta

Villages in Nimach district

Sihag are found in Nimach city in Nimach district.

Villages in Ratlam district

Madhopura Ratlam is a notable village of this gotra. Villages in Ratlam district with population of this gotra are:

Badauda 2, Berchha 2, Chikliya 1, Damottar 3, Dantodiya 2, Delanpur 1, Dhamottar 3, Dhaturiya 7, Dhaunswas 1, Ghatla, Kanser 1, Madhopura Ratlam 39, Mundari 3, Narayangarh sailana 17, Negarda 3, Ramgarh sailana 2, Ratlam 1, Rojana 3, Sailana 5, Sinod 1, Sujlana 1, Surana 2

Villages in Sehore district

Gopalpur Sehore,

Villages in Harda district

Alanpur Harda, Bhonkhedi, Dewas Harda, Nayagaon,

Distribution in Uttar Pradesh

Found in Ghaziabad district, where they are called Siwal.

Villages in Ghaziabad district

Shyampur, Dadayara

Found in Meerut district where they are called Bolan.

Villages in Meerut district

Mehrauli, Partapur

Villages in Jyotiba Phule Nagar district

Nipaniya urf Nipnia (निपानिया )

Distribution in Pakistan

Hindu

Siag Hindu Jats are residing in Umarkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas and Sanghar districts of Sindh Province,Pakistan and Punjab (Pakistan).

Muslim

The Sehwag were another Mulla Jat clan found mainly in Hissar and Sirsa. Like other Mulla Jat clans, they emigrated to Punjab (Pakistan) after partition.

Notable persons of this gotra

  • Shrawan Kumar Sihag - Director (Admn.), Department : Ministry of Commerce, VPO- Barsinghsar, Bikaner, Rajasthan, Mobile: 9968140405
  • Labhu Ram Siyag - IPS from village Taratara (Barmer)
  • Col. Sukh Ram Chaudhary Siyag - from village Madpura Barwala (Barmer), DOB:15-12-1950
  • Professor Hoshiar Singh Sihag - From village Manana Buhana was former Vice Chancellor of Bikaner University. He also served as Vice Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior and Professor and Chairman of Department of Public Administration, Kurukshetra University. He is now spending a retired life at Jaipur and frequently visits his native village.
  • Major Mahesh Kumar Sihag - From village Manana Buhana, Jhunjhunu, Awarded with Kirti Chakra (2013)

Gallery of Sihag people

See also

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Further Reading

  • Bongard-Levin, G.; Vigasin, A. (1984). The Image of India: The Study of Ancient Indian Civilization in the USSR, Moscow: Progress Publishers.

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