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Bhal (भाल)[1] [2]Bhala (भाला) Bhalan (भलान)[3] [4] or Bhallan (भल्लान) Bhalu (भालु) is Jat Gotra found in Punjab.[5] Bhala clan is found in Afghanistan.[6]

Bhala is the sub gotra of the Khokhar Jats. [7]


  • Bhallata (भल्लाट) was kingdom in ancient India mentioned in Mahabharata (II.27.5) which was conquered by Bhimasena in his victory march of eastern countries.


H.A. Rose[8] writes that The Kassars (कस्सर) hold the greater part of the north-west quarter of the Chakwal tahsil in Jhelum. They were originally located in the country of Kinan in Asia Minor, whence they migrated to Ghazni at some time unknown with the ancestors of the Mughal dynasty, and subsequently accompanied Babar in his invasion of India in A. D. 1526, their ancestors at that time being Gharka and Bhin (or Bhol), according to some ; or Jajha, Lati and Kaulshi according to others : all agree, however, in stating that Gharka is buried on a mound in Mauza Hatar, not many miles from Dhok Pipli in Bal Kassar, which is said to be the original settlement of the tribe in these parts. The Dhanni was then in the hands of wanderingGujars, while Changas Khan Janjua held the hills to the south, living at Fort Samarqand near Mauza Maira. Babar made over to them the western part of the Dhanni, on condition that they would drain off the water with which the eastern part was then covered, a work which they proceeded to carry out: and Gharka obtained some additional country to the south-west as a reward for restoring to Changas Khan a favourite mare, which the Janjua Raja had lost. They claim that the name, Baluki Dan, under which the tract figures in the Ain-i-Akbari, is derived from that of their ancestor Bhal, who also gave his name to the important village of Bal Kassar ; and in this they are supported by the spelling of the lithographed edition of the Ain-i-Akhari, against the assertion of the Janjuas, that the name is Maluki Dhan, from the Janjua chief, Mal of Malot. They explain the presence now of the Mairs and Kahuts in the Dhanni by stating that, as relations of the reigning dynasty they were themselves able to keep out all intruders in the time of the Mughals ; but in Sikh rule the Mairs, being of the same stock as the powerful Jammu Raja, were able to obtain a footing in the tract : they generally admit that the Kahuts came with them in Babar's train and settled here at the same time as themselves, but say that they were of small account until the time of the Sikhs. They state that the original profession of the tribe was ' hukumat ' or government; and that it is now agriculture or Government employment. They use the title of Chaudhari. They have no special Pirs or places of worship, and their customs do not differ in any respect from those of the tribes surrounding them, except that the graves of women are distinguished by stone at the head and foot parallel to the breadth of the grave, while those of men's graves are parallel to the length ; -this is just the opposite of the custom in the Jhelum Pabbi.

Sub Divisions of Khokhar gotra

There are several sub-divisions of the Khokhar gotra , such as the Bandial, Bhachar, Dholka, Ganjial, Jalap, Majoka, Nissowana, Rawal, and Denaar (in muslim). According to H.A. Rose[9] Jat clans derived from Khokhar are: Bohla and Khokhar Haral, Ajra, Bhalu and Bhala are also the sub gotras of the Khokhar Jats (Hindu and Sikh).

In Mahavansa

Bhala - Mahavansa/Chapter 36 tells....This king's younger brother, known as Abhaya Naga, who was the queen's lover, being discovered (in his guilt) took flight for fear of his brother and went with his serving-men to Bhallatittha and as if wroth with him, he had his uncle's hands and feet cut off. (BhallatitthaBhala)

Distribution in Rajasthan

Locations in Jaipur city

Jhalana Dungari,

Villages in Tonk district

Bhulaniya (भलानिया) jats live in:

Balagarh, Dabar Doomba,

Distribution in U P

Villages in Muzaffarnagar district


Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Rupnagar district

Notable persons

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