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Kok (कोक) (Koak) gotra Jats are found in Rajasthan and Haryana. Koko (कोको)/Kok clan found in Afghanistan. [1] Kuk (कुक) is a muhin or sept of the Gil Jat, Found in strength in Hoshiarpur where the sept have a baiya or group of originally 22 villages. [2]

Origin

In epics

Mahabharata Shalya Parva mentions names of combatants armed with diverse weapons and clad in diverse kinds of robes and ornaments, All of them came to the ceremony for investing Kartikeya with the status of generalissimo. Shalya Parva, Mahabharata/Book IX Chapter 44 mentions in shloka 55 along with Puniyas, Nadals, Mallis as under:

पुण्यनामा सुनामा च सुवक्त्रः परियदर्शनः
परिश्रुतः कॊक नदः परिय माल्यानुलेपनः (Mahabharata:IX.44.55)

Mahabharata Bhisma Parva, Mahabharata/Book VI Chapter 10 mentions about Kok River in shloka 33 as under:

मन्दाकिनीं वैतरणीं कॊकां चैव महानदीम
शुक्तिमतीम अरण्यां च पुष्पवेण्य उत्पलावतीम (Mahabharata:IX.44.33)
शवेतवक्त्रः सुवक्त्रशचारु वक्त्रशपाण्डुरः
दण्डबाहुः सुबाहुशरजः कॊकिलकस तदा Mahabharata:IX.44.68)

In Mahavansa

Kokaväta is a vihãra and tank mentioned in Mahavansa/Chapter 37

Mahavansa/Chapter 37 tells....The king Mahasena built also the Manihira-vihara and founded three vihäras, destroying temples of the (brahmanical) gods: the Gokanna (vihara), (and another vihara) in Erakavilla, (and a third) in the village of the Brahman Kalanda; (moreover be built) the Migagama-vihara and the Gangasenakapabbata (vihara). To the west, he built the Dhatusenapabbata (vihara); the king founded also the great vihãra in Kokaväta. He built the Thuparama -vihara and the Hulapitthi (vihara) and the two nunneries, called Uttara and Abhaya. At the place of the Yakkha Kalavela' he built a thüpa, and on the island he restored many ruined buildings.

Mahavansa/Chapter 37 tells....To make (the land) more fertile, he (king Mahasena) made sixteen tanks, the Manihira, the Mahagama, the Challüra, and the (tank) named Khanu, the Mahamani, the Kokavata and the Dhammaramma-tank, the Kumbalaka and the Vahana, besides the Rattamalakandaka, the tank Tissavaddhamanaka, that of Velangavitthi, that of Mahagallaka, the Cira-tank and the Mahadaragallaka and the Kalapasana-tank. These are the sixteen tanks. On the Ganga he built the great canal named Pabbatanta.

History

One ruler has been mentioned by the name Kok in the ancestry of Kans and Devki as descendant of Tak. (see - History of the Jats/Chapter II by RS Joon)

Kok finds mention as a town on Syr Darya river. Along its course, the Syr Darya irrigates the most fertile cotton-growing region in the whole of Central Asia, together with the towns of Kokand (Kok, Kookana Jat clans), Khujand (Khoja Jat clan), Kyzylorda and Turkestan. H.A. Rose writes that Kok (कोक) is a small clan of Jats found in Bawal (Nabha) Jind. It derives its name from its first home, Kokas in the Mandawar tahsil of Alwar. The Koks ordinarily worship the goddess Bhairon, and perform the first tonsure of their children at Durga's shrine in the Dahmi ilaqa of Alwar. Cf. Kuk. [4]

Villages founded by Kok clan

Distribution in Punjab

Kuk/Kok Jats are found in Hoshiarpur, Nabha areas in Punjab. [5],[6]

Distribution in Haryana

Kok clan is found Gurgaon district of Haryana.

Distribution in Rajasthan

Locations in Jaipur city

Kok (कोक) Jats live in following colonies: Ganpati Nagar,

Villages in Jaipur district

Kok (कोक) Jats live in villages: Lopodiya (1),

Villages in Sikar district

Rulyani, Koka Ki Dhani, Kirdoli, Posani

Villages in Churu district

Khoran, Ratangarh, Sujangarh (3),

Notable persons from this clan

  • Jaisingh Kok - Founder of Haryana Association U K. Born on 26-11-1934 at village Sehar (Paju) district Bhiwani, Died on 4 May 1988. [7]
  • आशा राम कोक नि. खोड़ां:स्वतंत्रता सेनानी, प्रजा परिषद् की गतिविधियों में सक्रीय भाग लिया.[8]

References

  1. An Inquiry Into the Ethnography of Afghanistan, H. W. Bellew, p.28,83,137
  2. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/K,p.560
  3. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/K,p.553
  4. A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/K,p.553
  5. Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), Bhim Singh Dahiya, p. 334
  6. Rose:'Tribes and Castes', Vol. II, p. 560
  7. Mahendra Singh Arya et al.: Ādhunik Jat Itihas, Section 9 pp.78
  8. भीमसिंह आर्य:जुल्म की कहानी किसान की जबानी (2006),p.40

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