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Genealogy of Ila
Ancestry of Yayati

Druhyu, father of Maharaja Bhoja, was son of the Chandravanshi Jatvansh King Yayati.

Variants of name

Jat Gotras from Druhyu

  • Daral (दराल)- Daral Jats living in the outskirts of Delhi are Chandravanshi Jats descendants of Druhyu son of Yayati.[1]
  • Bhoj (भोज) or Bhoja is a gotra of Jats in India. This gotra gets its name from Maharaja Bhoj. The descendants of Maharaja Bhoj were known as Bhoj. [2]
  • Drehval - According to Bhim Singh Dahiya Druhyu: the famous tribe, fighting against Sudas (RV Vll/lg), may perhaps be the same as Drehval also written as Dhruv. [3]

Druhyu ancestry

According to James Todd[4] One great arm of the tree of Yayati remains unnoticed, that of Uru or Urvasu, written by others Turvasu. Uru was the father of a line of kings who founded several empires. Virupa, the eighth prince from Uru, had eight sons, two of whom are particularly mentioned as sending forth two grand shoots, Druhyu and Bhabru. From Druhyu a dynasty was established in the north. Aradwat, with his son Gandhara, is stated to have founded a State : Prachetas is said to have become king of Mlecchhades, or the barbarous regions. This line terminated with Dushyanta, the husband of the celebrated Sakuntala, father of Bharat, and who, labouring under the displeasure of some offended deity, is said by the Hindus to have been the cause of all the woes which subsequenty befell the race. The four grandsons of Dushyanta, Kalanjar, Keral, Pand, and Chaul, gave their names to countries.

Druhyu people

The Druhyu were a people of Ancient India. They are mentioned in the Rigveda,[5] often together with the Anu tribe. Some early scholars have placed them in the northwestern region. [6]

The Epic and the Puranas say that they are located in the "north" (that is, Gandhara), and are settled in Gandhara, Aratta and Setu. (Vishnu Purana IV.17) The Druhyus were driven out of the land of the seven rivers by Mandhata and their next king Gandhara settled in a north-western region which became known as Gandhāra. The sons of the later Druhyu king Pracetas too settle in the "northern" (udīcya) region (Bhagavata 9.23.15-16; Visnu 4.17.5; Vayu 99.11-12; Brahmanda 3.74.11-12 and Matsya 48.9.). More recently, scholars have theorised that the Druhyu could be ancestors of Zoroastrian, Iranian, Greek or European peoples, or more likely, the Celtic Druid class[7]. Particularly, as the Rg Veda describes this proto-Indo European tribe as migrating North [7]. Of particular note, vid in Druid comes from the same root as Veda which means knowledge in both cultures [8].


Ram Swarup Joon[9] writes about Draihayu, Drada, Dorewal : Draihau was the fourth son of Yayati. Their descendants are found in Jammu and Kashmir. In the Chandravanshi genealogical tables the Draihavu branch is not well known. To the North of Sialkot in the hilly regions are found people belonging to Daiyu, Drahaihayu, Dadraihayu, Sadhne and Drada, gotras. Most of them are now Muslims.

In the Mahabharata (Dronaparva) Drada (Darada) Kshatriyas are called the neighbors of Cheema Kshatriyas. These people took part in the Mahabharata.

Panini's Ashtadhyayi refers to Dradi Sindhu which means the River Sindhu which emerges from the country of Drada-s which indicates the area North of Kashmir. According to "Ptolemy" Dradas were the rulers of Afghanistan in the era of Mahabharat. In Drona Parva Shloka 17-58 it is mentioned that Lord Krishna and Arjun conquered the Dradas who were the rulers of Afghanistan and forced them to join their Rajasuya Yagya.

King Drupada said that Shaks, Palius and Dradas should be invited to join them in war. According to "Bhisham Parva", Dradas joined the Pandu's and fought well. The Dradas also took part in their Yagya (Sacrifice). A region adjoining Kashmir is called Dradis-Stan and a tribe in Kashmir is called Drada. In Punjab Sikh Jats belonging to this gotra are found in large numbers. Sadhan, Sajra, Sadhie and Sadhnana are branches of this gotra.


  1. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 p.255
  2. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudi, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 (Page 274)
  3. Bhim Singh Dahiya: "Aryan Tribes and the Rig Veda
  4. James Todd Annals/Chapter 4 Foundations of States and Cities by the different tribes, p.52
  5. e.g. RV 1.108.8; 7.18; 8.10.5; 6.46.8
  6. Macdonell-Keith, Vedic Index 1912, vol. I p. 395
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sanskrit in English
  8. Our Druid Cousins
  9. Ram Swarup Joon: History of the Jats/Chapter V,p. 81-82

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