Typically, Virks are tall, thin and fair skinned. In the Western Punjab Virks are supposed to belong to Mahe dynasty, and Minhas are considered to be brethren of the Virks. Birk and Virk gotras are of same origin. Only due to linguistic differences pronunciation is different.
Udyoga Parva/Mahabharata Book V Chapter 31 tells us that Pandavas when returned from Forest had demanded that give us even Kusasthala, Vrikasthala, Makandi, Varanavata, and for the fifth any other that thou likest. Vrikasthala was one of them 
Karna Parva/Mahabharata Book VIII Chapter 30 mentions this tribe in derogatory sense and advises to avoid this country:
- "The Karasakaras, the Mahishakas, the Kalingas, the Kikatas, the Atavis, the Karkotakas, the Virakas, and other peoples of no religion, one should always avoid." 
It is one of the most important clan. It is mentioned by Panini and V.S. Agrawal has identified Virk with the Jats. The same identification has been mentioned by Buddha Prakash.  Mahabhasya mentions Vrika and its derivative Varkenya, the Varkan of the Persians, and Hyrcan of the Greeks. The Caspian sea was once called the Sea of Vrkans (Hyrcanian). The identification of Hyrcan with Varkan has also been mentioned by Rawlinson in his History of Herodotus, he mentions that even in the thirteenth century, their country in Central Asian was mentioned as Urkanich in Yakut. According to Herodotus they fought in the battle of Thermopylae under their leader named Megapanus, who was afterwards Satrap of Babylonia.  They are one of the earliest clans too enter India, and up to the sixth century A.D. at least they were ruling in Malwa under their king Vishnuvardhana, Vrik. The Vriks are remembered in the Brahma, Vaman and Markandeya Puranas. Their antiquity goes very much deep in the past. A country called Uruk / Wark is mentioned in Sumeria, along with a country called Gutium. In fact, Trigan, the last Gutian King in the twenty-second century B.C. was defeated by Utu-Khegal, the ruler of Wark country. It is possible that this country has been named after them. The word Vrik in Sanskrit means a wolf the same as Russian Volka, which also means the same. The river Volga is named after  In the Kushana period an officer of Vima Kadphises was a Vrika, according to K.P.Jayaswa. 
According to Patan Jali Bhashya 4.6-114, Ashtadhyayi l-6-155 Mahabhasya 4-2-154 and Kashika varti 1-1-175, Raja Virk Vardhan had his forts in Kasrud (Mandsaur) , Central India, Shakil (Sialkot) Sosaph, Dathaaprastha, Naudipur, Koak, Kandewa, Mula, Pava Datt, Karkar, Virkgary etc.
According to historians the present Sheikhupura was the site of Virkgarh.
According to Th. Yugendrapal Virks are Vahikas who are mentioned in the Mahabharata and who took one sixth of the income of King Shalya. In the 4th century AD they had a powerful kingdom. They were contemporaries of Gupta rulers. According to Brij Indra Bhaskar, in 428 AD the Virk rulers performed a big Yagya near Bayana and constructed a Pillar, on which they mentioned as Virks. Rock inscriptions of Yasodharman have been found in Mandsaur. Their reign in Malwa came to an end in 462 AD.
King Singhavarma belonging to this dynasty ruled from 535 AD to 585 AD. He had two sons Narvarma and Chandravarma. Chandravarma's son was Yasovarman. According to a rock inscription found in Gandhar, he was an independent ruler. He had two sons, Bhimvarma and Bondhuvarma. Bondhuvarma was defeated by the Gupta rulers and Bhimvarma was appointed the Savant of a principality near Kausambhi but once more he became independent and allying himself with Anu Gupta fought the Huns. This has been referred to in the "Chandra Viyakaran".
The Virk Jat Kapur Singh founded Kapurthala and made it his capital. Before Punjab's partition Sir Shahabuddin, member of the Punjab assembly and Secretary of Jat Sabha belonged to Tar in Sialkot. Jandiala in Amritsar belonged to the Virks.
Distribution in Punjab
Villages in Sheikhupura district
Villages in Jalandhar district
Villages in Amritsar district
Villages in Bhatinda district
Villages in Firozpur district
Villages in Gurdaspur district
Villages in Ludhiana district
Villages in Muktsar district
Distribution in Rajasthan
Villages in Sikar district
Locations in Jaipur city
Villages in Jhunjhunu district
Villages in Hanumangarh district
Distribution in Haryana
Villages in Karnal district
In India, Virks are mainly concentrated in the Karnal district of Haryana. Prominent Virk families are concentrated in villages around Tehsil Assandh, District Karnal, and a few are temporarily living in Patiala District.
Distribution in Pakistan
Virk - In Punjab (Pakistan), a majority of Virks live in the Sheikhupura district and some are scattered in Sialkot District. There is a small village in Sialkot known as Virk, inhabited by Virk Jats. Virks still control the city of Sheikhupura (the ancient Virkgarh), both politically and economically.
According to 1911 census the Virk were the principal Muslim Jat clan in districts:
- Sialkot District - Virk (1,670)
- Gujranwala District - Virk (7,644)
- Lahore District - Virk (1,375)
- Amritsar District - Virk (325)
- Gurdaspur District - Virk (1,017)
- Gujrat District - Virk (1,030)
- Shahpur (Sargodha District) District - Virk (626)
- Lyalpur District (Faisalabad District) - Virk (1,005)
- Multan District - Virk (328)
- Dera Ghazi Khan District - Virk (548)
Notable persons of this gotra
- Nawab Kapur Singh Virk (1697-1753)
- Jeet Singh Virk, 15-5-1962 IFS Maharashtra, 1987
- Komila Virk - Hindi film actress of Seventies.
- Sharif Virk (I.G.NWFP Police) (Police Service of Pakistan)
- Anwar Virk (D.I.G Police Sheikhupura)
- Davendra Singh of Ghanauli, Virk - Jat, From Ambala district was in the List of Punjab Chiefs.
- कुश स्थलं वृकस्थलम आसन्थी वारणावतम । अवसानं भवेथ अत्र किं चिथ एव तु पञ्चमम (V.31.19)
- कारः करान महिषकान कलिङ्गान कीकटाटवीन । कर्कॊटकान वीरकांश च दुर्धर्मांश च विवर्जयेत Mahabharata (8.30.45)
- ibid , p. 251
- ibid. bk. VII. ch . 62
- Political and Social Movements in Ancient Punjab by Buddha Prakash, p. 102
- Journal of Bihar and Orissa Research Society, Vol, XVI, p. 258
- History and study of the Jats. By Professor B.S Dhillon. ISBN-10: 1895603021 or ISBN-13: 978-1895603026. p.126
- History and study of the Jats. By Professor B.S Dhillon. ISBN-10: 1895603021 or ISBN-13: 978-1895603026. 127
- History and study of the Jats. By Professor B.S Dhillon. ISBN-10: 1895603021 or ISBN-13: 978-1895603026. p.124
- History and study of the Jats. By Professor B.S Dhillon.ISBN-10: 1895603021 or ISBN-13: 978-1895603026. p. 127
- Ram Swarup Joon: History of the Jats, Rohtak, India (1938, 1967)
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