Kacheriya

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Kacheriya (कचेरिया)[1] Kacheria (कचेरिया) Kachoriya (कचोरिया) Kachauria (कचौड़िया)[2][3] Kachela (कचेला)[4] Kachela (काचेला)[5] Kecheriya (केचेरिया)[6] is gotra of Jats in Uttar Pradesh and Pakistan. Kachela (कचेला) Jat tribe found in the Leghari Baloch country of Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan. It has adopted Baloch manners, customs and dress. [7]

Origin

They are considered descendants of a warrior Kanchanaksha offered to Kartikeya as mentioned in Shalya Parva, Mahabharata/Book IX Chapter 44 (9.44.43).[8]

History

Bhim Singh Dahiya[9] writes that Kachela are mentioned in the Brihat Samhitā of Varahamihira as Kachara. Mahabharata mentions them as Kacha. The other names mentioned are the Gopāl, Lāngal, Pangal (Pakhalla), Sindhu (Sindhu), etc. An inscription of 738 A.D. also has noticed them as Kachela, who were defeated by the Arab Muslim army along with the Maurya, Gurjar, etc. [10]

H.A. Rose[11] writes that Kachera (कचेरा) is an occupational caste of glass-workers. The term is sometimes applied to the Churigar or makers of bracelets. The Kacheras in the Bawal nizamat of Nabha are both Hindu and Muhammadan and claim Rajput origin, e. g. their gots include Chauhans from Jaipur. They were out-casted for adopting their present occupation and now intermarry, avoiding four gots, only among themselves. Their customs are those of the Jats, with whom they can smoke, etc. They still worship the well after the birth of a son and it is again worshipped at weddings, when the bride's father gives sharbat to the barat, an old Rajput usage. Hindu Kachera women never wear blue, because one of their caste once became sati. She is worshipped at all festivities, a coconut being offered to her. The Kacheras' guru is the mahant of a Bairagi dehra at Bagwara (tah:Amber) in Jaipur, but they have Brahman 'parohits.

Distribution in Pakistan

According to 1911 census the population[12] of Muslim Jat clan Kachela was

Distribution in Madhya Pradesh

There is a village Kacharia Jat in Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh.

Notable persons

See also

Kachir

References

  1. Jat History Thakur Deshraj/Chapter VIII,s.n. 220,p.586
  2. Dr Pema Ram:‎Rajasthan Ke Jaton Ka Itihas, p.296
  3. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n.क-11
  4. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. क-87
  5. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. क-153
  6. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n.क-10
  7. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/K,p.420
  8. Mahendra Singh Arya et al.: Ādhunik Jat Itihas, Agra 1998, p. 231
  9. Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), p. 337
  10. कच्छा गॊपाल कच्छाश च लाङ्गलाः परवल्लकाः । किराता बर्बराः सिद्धा विदेहास ताम्रलिङ्गकाः ।। Mahabharata (VI.10.55)
  11. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/K,p.420
  12. Census Of India 1911, Volume XIV Punjab Part 2, by Pandit Narikishan Kaul

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