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Genealogy of Ila

Ail (ऐल)[1] is Gotra of Jats. It started after the Aila (ऐल) Aryan people of North West India. [2] Ela is name of a King in Kashmir mentioned in Rajatarangini.( VIII, p.17) (ElaAila)


Hukum Singh Panwar writes[3]Five races descended from Yayati dominated the whole earth. The Panchavratah of the Rig Veda or the five races of Wilson and Pargiter were undoubtedly, as also corroborated by Zimmer, and A.C. Das, the Yadus, Turvtsus, Druhvus, Anus and Purus. They were known as the Aila race of the Aryans.

We know from Pargiter, "Brahmanism originally was not an Aila or Aryan institution. The Brahmans were connected with and were established among the non-Aryan. The Ailas, who were their own sacrificers, actually opposed the Brahmans." The victorious expansion of the Ailas over the non-Aryans in the east and south seriously affected the position and prestige of the Brahmmans. The Brahmans, with a view to share the benefits of the victory of Ailas, as the Rajputs did under the Mughals, tried to gain access to Aila chiefs through matrimonial alliances with them, which ultimately influenced the religious beliefs and practices of the Brahmans. Thus Brahmanism appears to have developed in accordance with Aila ideas and to have owed much of its advancement to the influence of the Kshatriyas. "The Ailas", in fact, "Aryanised the Brahmans as they did the other people". As for the condemnation of the descendents of the north-westerly Vahikadesh.

Rajatarangini[4] tells....Thus order was slowly restored in the country which Uchchala had got by artifice and had cleared of oppressors. The king who thus obtained peace, felt a desire for conquest, and within a few days drove out the Damaras and their cavalry from Kramarajya. The king then went to Madva and having captured Kaliya and other Damaras who were against him, impaled them. The king with a strong army attacked within the city, the powerful Ilaraja who had gradually possessed himself of a part of the kingdom, and destroyed him. (VIII,p.4)

Rajatarangini[5] tells....And who can count how many Yama, Ela, Abhaya, Vana &c, were made lords of Dvara and other places, and whose prosperity lasted but for short periods. ( VIII, p.17) (ElaAila)

In Mahabharata

Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 13 mentions about the Aila Kshatriyas:

"The numerous royal lines and other ordinary Kshatriyas all represent themselves to be the descendants of Aila and Ikshwaku.The descendants of Aila, O king, as, indeed, the kings of Ikshwaku's race, are, know O bull of the Bharata race, each divided into a hundred separate dynasties. The descendants of Yayati and the Bhojas are great, both in extent (number) and accomplishments."
4 ऐलस्येक्ष्वाकु वंशस्य परकृतिं परिचक्षते
    राजानः शरेणि बथ्धाश च ततॊ ऽनये कषत्रिया भुवि
5 ऐल वंश्यास तु ये राजंस तदैवेक्ष्वाकवॊ नृपाः
    तानि चैकशतं विथ्धि कुलानि भरतर्षभ
6 ययातेस तव एव भॊजानां विस्तरॊ ऽतिगुणॊ महान
    भजते च महाराज विस्तरः स चतुर्थशम



  1. Dr Ompal Singh Tugania: Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu, p.29,sn-135.
  2. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998
  3. The Jats:Their Origin, Antiquity and Migrations, p.52-53
  4. Kings of Kashmira Vol 2 (Rajatarangini of Kalhana)/Book VIII,p.4
  5. Kings of Kashmira Vol 2 (Rajatarangini of Kalhana)/Book VIII,p.17

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