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Bhular (भूलर)[1] Bhullar (भूलर)[2] Bholar (भोलर) Bhullar (भुल्लर)[3] is gotra of Jats in Uttar Pradesh,Punjab, India and Pakistan. Dilip Singh Ahlawat has mentioned it as one of the ruling Jat clans in Central Asia.[4]


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Ram Swarup Joon[7] writes....The Bhullar gotra is found among the followers of all the three religions. They are spread all over the Punjab. They are related to Heir gotra. Ruins of Bhulller era are spread over an area of 12 miles near Fort Abbas in Bahawalpur State.

सिहाग, हेर, भुल्लर, दहिया लोगों के निकट सिर दरिया के पूर्व में थे तथा तुर्किस्तानईरान में भी थे।[8]

They are from Maan vansha and related with Her and Sihag vansha. They did not give information about their birth place so called Bhular. [9]

Thousands of years before Christ Her,Dahiya,Bhular and Sihag lived in Iran and Turkistan near oxus river.

H.A. Rose[10] writes that Bhular (भूलर), Her, and Man tribes call themselves asl or "original" Jats, and are said to have sprung from the jaṭ or "matted-hair" of Mahadeo, whose title is Bhola ('simple') Mahadeo. They say that the Malwa was their original home, and are commonly reckoned as two and a half tribes, the Her only counting as a half. But the bards of the Man, among which tribe several families have risen to political importance, say that the whole of the Man and Bhular and half the Her tribe of jat were the earliest Kshatriya immigrants from Rajasthan to the Punjab. The head-quarters of the Bhular appear to be Lahore,Sialkot and Ferozepur, and the confines of the Manjha and Malwa; but they are returned in small numbers from every division in the Punjab except Delhi and Rawalpindi, from almost every District, and from every Native State of the Eastern Plains except Dujana, Loharu, and Pataudi. The tribe is probably not a wholly homogeneous one. In Jind its Sidh is Kalanjar, whose samddh is at Mari, and to it milk is offered on the 14th badi of each month ; also cloth at a wedding or the birth of a son. In Sialkot its Sidh is Bhora, whose khāngāh is revered at weddings. In Montgomery the Bhular are Hindu and Muhammadan Jats and classed as agricultural.

Bhullars entered the Punjab:

There are different views on how the Bhullars entered the Punjab. According to Nijjar (2008), the Jat clans moved from Central Asia to India during the period between the 5th and the 9th century. According to Tod (1829), for centuries a few Jat tribes lived in co-existence in the current Punjab, while a large number of Jat tribes moved from Rajasthan to Punjab and other areas of India. Ibbetson (2002) noted that Bhullar's, Maan's and Hayer's are believed to be the original settlers of the Punjab, gotras without entering Punjab through the Rajasthan route as done by the other Jat gotras. Bhullar and Mann were two brothers. Bhullars of Western Punjab, Haryana Rajasthan consider themselves to be the brothers of the Maans, and Heer gotras (clan).

Thousands of years ago ancestors of Bhullar, Maan and Hayer, lived in Iran and Turkistan. Sir Lepel Griffin (1865) was of the opinion that the Bhullars came into the Punjab region from the present Central Asia. Most of the Jat tribes entered the Punjab in the 5th century. There are many theories about the origin of the Jats. Jats are sometimes considered to be of Scythian (Saka), Indo-European, Indo-Iranian or Indo-Aryan stock in view of the similar physical features and common practices with one or the other of these groups.

Historically, Bhullars were settled latest of all mainly in the current Majha region of Punjab in large numbers, but were found in the area around Lahore, Sialkot, Multan (in Pakistan) and Amritsar. Bhullar population in the current Majha region of Punjab India remained constant. Bhullars have ancestral place of worship called ‘Baba Shid’ in Jind riast currently district in Haryana, and in the Sangrur and Rampura in Bathinda District of Punjab India.

After the partition of India in 1947, the Bhullars were scattered all across the Punjab region. Many also moved out of Pakistan during the divide between India and Pakistan. They moved to countries such as Kenya; mainly in Nairobi, where they practiced farming, wood-work and many other skills. Ruins related to Bhullars are spread over an area of twelve miles near in the area of Bahawalpur in Pakistan.

Distribution in Punjab

In Punjab (India) Bhullar village name is common and found in various districts such as Muktsar, Jalandhar, Moga districts. Bhullars are evenly distributed in the state of Punjab with large concentration in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Ferozpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Muktsar, Moga, Faridkot, Bathinda.

Bhullar village name Kotra Kouraand in Rampura area, Sangrur, and Patiala. Bhullars have a huge concentration in the Majha region mostly around the city of Amritsar in Punjab (India).

In Pakistan Bhullars are found in the Punjab, places such as Lahore , Bahawalpur , Sahiwal , Vehari, Layyah and Narowal district and also in Dera Ismail Khan districts of Kheber Pakhtunkhaw province. In Sialkot Bhullars have large concentration in Pasrur, Daska, Khanpur (tehsil), Bhullar Mairay Wala, Bhular Rohi Wala, Bhullar Sharif, Chak Kakka and Bhullar.

In East Punjab (India), and Haryana Bhullars are virtually all Sikh. A Bhullar family does live in Sindh Pakistan.They live in Tando Allahyar and the head of the family was late Ab.Rasheed died in 1995.This family migrated from Batala in 1902. A Bhullar family lives in Patti (Tarn Taran) moved from Mehdipur village. Kashmir Singh Bhullar is the head of the family. Another large Bhullar family lives in Richmond, British Columbia (Canada) where they have their own wrestling gym and have produced several Champion wrestlers. The head of this Bhullar family is Late. Pritam Singh Bhullar who is the father of Avtar Singh Bhullar. And Avtar Singh Bhullar was the first wrestler in the family later taught the art of wrestling to his son Arjan Singh Bhullar and nephew Jagroop Singh Bhullar. In 2010, Arjan Singh Bhullar, wrestling from Canada, won the gold medal in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.Wrestling_at_the_2010_Commonwealth_Games.

In West Punjab (Pakistan), there is another Large Bhullar family that, now, lives in San Francisco, California (USA) The head of this family was Ch Sardar Bhullar(Late) from Chak Kakka Daska, Sialkot he moved to Chak 6/11L Sahiwal (1906). he had two sons Ch Yousaf Bhullar (Late) and Ch Yaqoob Bhullar. The Yaqoob Bhullar Family moved to San Francisco and their youngest son is Umer Yaqoob Bhullar

Villages in Patiala district

Bhullar population is 12,300 in Patiala district.[11]

Villages in Moga district

Charik, Ramu Wala,

Villages in Amritsar district

In Amritsar district the population of Bhullars is 7,113. [12]

Bhullari, Khihalla Khurd, Khihalla Kalan

Villages in Ludhiana district

In Ludhiana district the population of Bhullars is 5,310. [13]

Villages in Jalandhar district

According to B S Dhillon the population of Bhullar clan in Jalandhar district is 750.[14]

Villages in Firozpur district

In Firozpur district the Bhullar population is 9,900. [15]

Villages in Gurdaspur district

Bhullar named village is in tahsil Batala of Gurdaspur district in Punjab.

Villages in Jalandhar district

Villages in Kapurthala district

Villages in Ludhiana district

Villages in Muktsar district

Villages in Lahore district

  • Ladhkei, Bhullar, Lakhana, Lalyani

Villages in Sialkot district

  • Chak Kakka, Bhullar, Bhullar Mairay Wala, Bhullar Rohi Wala, Bhullar Sharif

Distribution in Uttar Pradesh

Villages in Saharanpur district

Paniyali Kasimpur,

Villages in Hapur district

Pawati, Babugarh, Nawada Kalan<[16]

Distribution in Pakistan

The Bhullar, together with the Heer/Hayer, Maan and Nagi, are considered the oldest Jat clan. They were found as far east as Patiala, and far west as Sargodha.

According to 1911 census, the Bhullars were the principal Muslim Jat clans in the Punjab region (Undivided India) with population of 1,373 in Lahore district, and 61 in Amritsar district and 1,232 in Sialkot district.

Notable persons

  • Baba Siddh Kalinjhar (बाबा सिद्ध कालींझर) - Bhullar Gotra
  • Manmeet Bhullar - Aged 28 years, A student of law in Alberta province of Canada, was appointed as Parliamentarian assistant on 3 March 2008, for affairs of Higher and technical Education. He is the youngest minister in Canada.
  • Lt. Col. Bhullar (Jat) - Battle of Burki [17]
  • Harman Preet Kaur (Bhullar) (हरमनप्रीत कौर) (born 8 March 1989) is an Indian cricketer who captains the India women's national cricket team in all formats.

Further reading

  • Griffin, Sir Lepen H, (1865). The Panjab chiefs : historical and biographical notices of the principal families in the territories under the Panjab government. Chronicle Press, Lahore.
  • Ibbetson, Denzil, (2002). Panjab castes. Low Price Publications. ISBN 81-7536-290-1.
  • Nijjar, B.S., (2008). Origins and History of Jats and Other Allied Nomadic Tribes of India, 900 B.C. - 1947 A.D. New Delhi, Atlantic.
  • Rose, H.A. Denzil Ibbetson, Edward Maclagan (reprint 1990). Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. Asian Educational Services, India, ISBN 81-206-0505-5.
  • Tod, Col James, (1829, 1832). Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India, v. 1, 2. London, Smith, Elder. Reprint New Delhi, Munshiram Publishers (2001), ISBN 81-7069-128-1.

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