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Dandiwal (डांडीवाल)[1] [2] Danda (डान्डा)[3][4] is gotra of Jats in Pakistan. Danda (डान्डा)/Dand (डन्ड) clan is found in Afghanistan.[5]


Jat Gotras Namesake

Jat Gotras Namesake

Jat Gotras Namesake

Mention by Pliny

Pliny[8] mentions Lake Mieotis and the adjoining nations....Next to them (Sauromatæ) are the Ævazæ 5, the Coitæ6, the Cicimeni, the Messeniani, the Costobocci, the Choatræ, the Zigæ7, the Dandarii, the Thyssagetæ, and the Iyrcæ8, as far as certain rugged deserts and densely wooded vallies, beyond which again are the Arimphæi9, who extend as far as the Riphæan Mountains.10

5 Hardouin suggests from εὑάζω, "to celebrate the orgies of Bacchus."

6 Perhaps from κοίτν, a "den" or "cavern," their habitation.

7 Parisot suggests that they may have been a Caucasian or Circassian tribe, because in the Circassian language the word zig has the meaning of "man." He also suggests that they were probably a distinct race from the Zingi previously mentioned, whom he identifies with the ancestors of the Zingari or Bohemians, the modern Gypsies.

8 The more common reading is "Tureæ" a tribe also mentioned by Mela, and which gave name to modern Turkistan.

9 The Argippæi of Herodotus and other ancient authors. These people were bald, flat-nosed, and long-chinned. They are again mentioned by Pliny in C. 14, who calls them a race not unlike the Hyperborei, and then, like Mela, abridges the description given by Herodotus. By different writers these people have been identified with the Chinese, the Brahmins or Lamas, and the Calmucks. The last is thought to be the most probable opinion, or else that the description of Herodotus, borrowed by other writers, may be applied to the Mongols in general. The mountains, at the foot of which they have been placed, are identified with either the Ural, the western extremity of the Altai chain, or the eastern part of the Altai.

10 Generally regarded as the western branch of the Ural Mountains.

Mention by Panini

Danda (दण्ड) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [9]

Danda (दाण्डा) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [10]

Dandajinika (दाण्डाजिनिक), is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [11]

Dandayanasthali (दाण्डायनस्थली), is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [12]


Dandiwal (दंदिवाल) Jat clan, claiming Chauhan descent, which emigrated from Delhi via Jaisalmer to Sirsa : found in Hissar, and also in Jind State. In the latter it affects the jathera and jandiān worship, and has as its sidh a Pir whose shrine is at Beluwala, in British territory. At the birth of a son, they offer to his samadh a piece of gur, a rupee and some cloth which are taken by a Brahman.[13]

Distribution in Pakistan

The Dandiwal are a clan that claims Chauhan Rajput ancestry. The Muslim branch was found in Hissar District, and they were one of the larger Mulla Jat clans. They are now found mainly in Okara, Vehari and Sahiwal districts.

Danda village in Etah, UP

Danda (डांडा/ दांदा/ डंडा) is also the name of a village located in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh under Etah Tahsil.

Danda village in Karauli, Rajasthan

Another Danda village in Karauli district in Rajasthan


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