Bath

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Bath (बाठ)[1]/(बाथ)[2] Baat (बाट) [3]Bati (बाटी)[4] is a Jat Gotra found in Punjab, India and Lahore district in Pakistan. It is a branch of Yaudheya gotra.[5]

Origin

It originated from Nagavansh.

History

Ram Swarup Joon[6] writes In the Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 48, while describing various Kings who attended a ceremony in the Durbar (court) of Maharaja Yudhisthira, seventeen names are mentioned which are today found as Jat gotras. These are Malhia, Mylaw, Sindhar, Gandhar, Mahity, Mahe, Savi, Bath, Dharan, Virk, Dard, Shaly, Matash, Kukar (Khokar) Kak, Takshak, Sand, Bahik (Bathi) Bije (Bijenia), Andhra, Sorashtra (Rathi) Mann, Ar, Sohat, Kukat, Othiwal (Othval).


Ram Sarup Joon[7] writes that Thaka, Janjoha and Bath gotras are branches of Yaudheya/ (Johiya) gotra. According to the Mahabharata Yodhya Kings gave presents on the coronation ceremony of Yudhisthira. Arrian, the historian of Alexander the Great, also refers to Yodha ruling dynasty.


Bath is an ancient clan still existing in village Rajewal/Kulewal near Samrala, Ludhiana district. Their coins also have been found with the legend Vata Svaka. The first name is of the clan Vata or Bata which is now written as Bath and the second name of course may be of the individual ruler. [8] The find spot of the coins also points to the Punjab source.[9]

H.A. Rose[10] writes that Bat (बाट), Bath (बाठ) Jat clan is found in Amritsar. Crowther gives the following list of the Bat septs :

which may all inter-marry, so that a Bat sometimes may marry a Bat. All these septs are said to be descendants of San-or Sainpal, who came from the Malwa 800 years ago. They first settled at Odhyara in Lahore. Khair(a)'s descendants have two jatheras, Rajpal and his grandson Shahzada, who fell in a fight with the Kang Jats at Khadur Sahib in Amritsar. The Bath are also found as a Hindu and Muhammadan Jat clan in Montgomery.

* There is said to be a settlement of Januas (? Janjiias) 'beyond Pashiwar ' who have become Muhammadans.

Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Jalandhar district

Villages in Firozpur district

In Firozpur district the Bath population is 1,800. [11]

Villages in Bhatinda district

Villages in Jalandhar district

Villages in Ludhiana district

Kulewal, Rajewal

Distribution in Pakistan

According to 1911 census, the Bath was one of the principal Muslim Jat clans in Lahore District with population of Bath (340).[12]

Notable persons

References


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