Adi Parva, Mahabharata/Mahabharata Book I Chapter 95 shloka 8 tells us that Yayati had two wives, viz., Devayani, the daughter of Usanas, and Sarmishtha the daughter of Vrishaparvan.
- ययातेर दवे भार्ये बभूवतुः उशनसॊ दुहिता देव यानी वृषपर्वणश च दुहिता शर्मिष्ठा नाम अत्रानुवंशॊ भवति (I.90.8), (1.95)
Maharaja Ushna performed hundred Ashvamedha Yagyas and got the title of yat. According to the historian Ram Lal Hala, the word Jat is derived from word 'Yat'. The king 'Yat'(Ushna) was in Chandravansh was ancestor of Lord Krishna. The Jats are descendants of King Yat. 'Yat' later changed to 'Jat'.
Yat is a Cyrillic alphabet
Yat or Jat (Ѣ, ѣ) is the name of the thirty-second letter of the old Cyrillic alphabet, or of the sound it represents. Its name in Old Church Slavonic is yět’ (ѣть) or yat’ (ıать), in Bulgarian yat (ят) or e dvoyno (е двойно, double e), in Russian and Ukrainian yat’ (ять), in Serbian yat (jat, јат), Croatian jat. In the common scientific Latin transliteration for old Slavic languages, the letter is represented by e with caron: ě (taken from Czech alphabet).
- Ram Lal Hala: Jat Kshatriya Itihasa
Back to The Ancient Jats