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Changal (चांगल)[1][2] [3] Chagal (चगल)[4] [5] [6]Chagalaka (चगलक) Chagalaga (चगलग) is Gotra of Jats. Changal (चांगल) gotra Jats are found in Rajasthan,[7] Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. Changal named village is in Sangrur tahsil of Sangrur district in Punjab. Changal is found in Afghanistan.[8] Changala (चांगला) Jat clan is found in Multan.[9]


  • They are said to be descendant of King named Chagalaga (चगलग) who was a feudatory of the Gupta Emperor, Chandragupta II.[10]
  • The clan may probably get name after Chang'an, an ancient place in China.

Mention by Panini

Saralaka (सरालक), also Chhagalalaka (छगललक), Sakala (साकल), Chhagala (छगल), is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi under Takshashiladi (तक्षशिलादि) (4.3.93) group.[11]

Chhagala (छगल) is a place name mentioned by Panini under Sakhyadi (सख्यादि) ( group. [12] The Changal (चांगल) is probably variant of Chhagala.


A maharaja, grandfather of a maharaja whose name in line 2 is illegible and who belonged to the Sanakanika tribe or family, who was a feudatory of Chandragupta I. We find the word Chagala literally meaning 'a hegoat' in the Unadi-sutras of Panini where it is the name of a Rishi. It seems to be a non- Aryan word. The words Chagala, Chagalaka or Chagalaga mean the same. [13]

James Legge[14] writes that Fa-hien had been living in Ch’ang-gan. Ch’ang-gan is still the name of the principal district (and its city) in the department of Se-gan, Shen-se. It had been the capital of the first empire of Han dynasty (B.C. 202-A.D. 24), as it subsequently was that of Suy dynasty (A.D. 589-618). The empire of the eastern Tsin, towards the close of which Fa-hien lived, had its capital at or near Nan-king, and Ch’ang-gan was the capital of the principal of the three Ts’in kingdoms, which, with many other minor ones, maintained a semi-independence of Tsin, their rulers sometimes even assuming the title of emperor.

In the Thar Desert areas we find mention of Chamgali Mai (चांगली माई) , who is thought to be a "virgin priestess" from From Baluchi Brohi and a full incarnation of Hinglaj. [15]

Kodungallur city in Kerala was also known as Jangli, Gingaleh, Cyngilin, Shinkali, Chinkli, Jinkali, Shenkala, and Cynkali, which are all derived from the name of the River Changala (or the Chain River, i.e., Shrinkhala in Sanskrit), a tributary of Periyar.

Villages founded by Changal clan

Udayagiri Cave Inscription of Chandragupta II (401-402 CE)

  • Perfection has been attained! In the year 80 (and) 2, on the eleventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month Âshâdha,— this (is) the appropriate religious gift of the Sanakânika, the Mahârâja . . dhala (?),— the son’s son of the Mahârâja Chhagalaga; (and) the son of the Mahârâja Vishnudâsa,— who meditates on the feet of the Paramabhattâraka and Mahârâjâdhirâja, the glorious Chandragupta (II.)
  • From: Fleet, John F. Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum: Inscriptions of the Early Guptas. Vol. III. Calcutta: Government of India, Central Publications Branch, 1888, 25.

Distribution in Rajasthan

Villages in Nagaur district

Banwarla, Beetan, Bhawasiya, Borwa, Dhehari Didiya Kalan, Didiya Khurd, Gothra (15), Kaliyas, Kekindara, Nagri, Pateli, Phardod, Sheelgaon,

Villages in Tonk district

Banediya (3), Raghunathpura Parli (3), Barwas Tonk,

Villages in Ajmer district

Arai, Bharla, Dadiya, Goli, Katsoora, Rari, Sandoliya, Sarsari,

Villages in Pali district

Asarlai, Bagiyara, Kekindara (10), Ramawas Khurd,

Villages in Jaipur district

Teekel Narukan (3),

Villages in Chittorgarh district

Sati Ka Khera,

Villages in Baran district


Distribution in Madhya Pradesh

Villages in Khargone district

Bhikangaon, Khargone[17]

Villages in Indore district

Chandrawati Ganj,

Villages in Dhar district


Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Sangrur district

Notable persons

  • Ridhari Ram Changal - Mob:9460653457[18]
  • Prakash Changal - Indore

See also

Gupta inscriptions


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