Jajja

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Jajja (जज्ज) Jaja (जज) is a Muslim Jat clan found in Pakistan. Jaji (जजी) clan is found in Afghanistan.[1]

Origin

They are said to be descendants of King Jajja. We find mention of Jajja King of Kashmir 748-751 A.D. In history of Kashmir we also find mention of Jajja, lord of Vallapura, of the royal blood and of his own country, who helped Sussala in facing the enemies in 1121 AD. (p.92)

Genealogy of Jujja

H.A. Rose[2] provides us the following genealogy as given by the Mirasi at Pandndwala in the Chiniot Tahsil of the Jhang District : —

Punwar. → Udadip. → Jagdeo.→ Karral.→ Gaidal.→ Sulangi. → Vimian. → Butta.→ Aira.→ Jajja.→ Jaisal.→ Ranu. → Khiva. → Kharral.→ Buddh.→ Gaddan.→ Deore.→ Udrath.→ Sareg.→ Jagsin. → Kaulra. → Vasu. + Visa.

History

Jajjah (जज्जाह) (and) Jathol (जथोल ), a tribe of Jats, found in Sialkot. They claim Solar Rajput origin and say that their ancestor, Jam, migrated from Multan. His two sons Jaj and Jathol founded villages in the Pasrur tahsil of Sialkot. Their mirasis are Posla, their Brahmans Badhar and their nais Khokhar by got. According to the Customary Law of Sialkot the Jajjah is distinct from the Jathaul. [3]

In Rajatarangini

Rajatarangini[4] tells us that when Sussala became king of Kashmir second time in 1121 AD he had to face defeat but continued the renewal of war. .... Although the king Sussala's army was destroyed, yet with twenty or thirty men of the royal blood and of his own country, Sussala faced the enemies. Udayabrahma and Jajjala, lords of Champa and Vallapura, of the royal blood and of his own country, helped Sussala in facing the enemies in 1121 AD. (p.92)


Rajatarangini[5] tells Sahadeva's son who was severely wounded quickly killed Sanjapala's father's brother, the old Shila, who was found there. The respected Jajjala was weary and was entering his house preceded by an attendant ; the attendant was killed as also a soldier and a Chandala sentinel. Jajjala's little boy was seated in the court-yard, but was coming out when he saw his father's party, when Rilhana caused the house to be set on fire. From the darkness caused by the smoke, Jajjala was brought out by the principal soldiers, tied, and faint with wounds, and was killed at the gate of the house by some low persons. (p.193) (JajjalaJajja)

Distribution in Pakistan

Jajja - They are descendants of King Jajja of Kashmir 748-751 A.D. They are prominent in the Jutt family. There are twelve villages of the Jajja family in District Sialkot. Most of them are on the western side of Qila Suba Singh, now called Qila Kalarwala-Pasrur Road, and to the eastern side of BRB Canal. They are Jats. No other Jat clan or other landlord family is found in any of these villages except the Jajjas. Landowners are only Jajjas. Villages are Khan Jajja, Mohrikey Jajja, Ooncha Jajja, Ghanokey Jajja, Hussa Jajja, Lodhikey Jajja, Jeowali Jajja and some villages in Bahawalpur tehsil Yazman Chak 62DB, 68DB, 63DB, 89DB, etc.

H. W. Bellew writes that Formerly Turi extended westward of the Pewar ridge to the head waters of the Kuram river ; their Ali clan having given its name to a considerable tract here, called Alikhel, which is now occupied by the Jaji tribe.[6]

H. W. Bellew tells us that Adjoining the Turi, on the west of the Pewar spur, is the Jaji tribe, reckoned at about five thousand families ; they are Sunni Musalmans, and supposed to be of the same descent as the Mangal, their neighbours in the south-west. They speak the Pukhto and conform to the Pukhtunwali, but are not acknowledged as either Afghan or Pathan, nor Ghilzi, nor Tajik. They are much isolated, and very little is known about them, beyond that they are eternally at feud with the Turi. They may perhaps be the Kara Khitai of Kirman, for nowhere else in this part of Afghanistan are the Kara Khitai to be found by that name. Among the Kara Khitai of Kashghar and Yarkand the cavalry soldier is called Jigit, and the infantry soldier Jaja. It may be that our Jaji represent the descendants of the Jaja soldiery, perhaps planted here as a military colony, of the Kara Khitai princes of the dynasty founded in Kirman (1224 A.D.) by the Barak Hajib before mentioned. This dynasty ruled the provinces of Kirman and Suran (the countries drained by the Kuram and Gomal rivers) as dependents of the Mughal sovereigns of Khorasan and Persia for a period of eighty-two years. On the other hand they may represent Jajothya Brahman. The Jaji, as we find them, occupy the Alikhel district, drained by the Haryab and Kirya feeders of the Kuram river, and extend westward towards the Shuturgardan range, as far as Jaji thana, or " military post," in the Hazardarakht defile.[7]

H W bellew [8] writes that Chaghatai Turk clans of Mangal, Jaji, Jadran, Khitai, &c, who are settled about the Pewar and the head waters of the Kurram river, and who were brought to these situations on the invasions of Changhiz and Tymur the Tatar scourges of the world during the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. These clans, with the exception of the Jadran, though they have almost entirely lost the typical physiognomy of their race, their mother-tongue, and, indeed, everything else but their names, which would connect them with their original stock, nevertheless hold themselves entirely distinct political relations always excepted from the Ghilji, who are their neighbours. The study of the history and origin of these obscure clans is a very important one, and interesting as well on its own merits, as yet it has hardly been even thought of.

Notable persons

See also

Jajra

References

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