- Loha (लोह) is name of a people mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi and in Mahabharata.
- The gotra started after Raja Kalash Loha (कलशलोह). 
- According to Bhim Singh Dahiya the Lohar jats are the descendants of the Lohar kings of Kashmir.
Bhim Singh Dahiya has described about the history of this clan. This clan is famous in Kashmir history and gave it a whole dynasty called Lohara dynasty. Their settlement in India was Loharin, in Pir Pantsal range. The Lohar Kot-fort of Lohars is named after them. The famous queen Didda, married to Kshemagupta, was daughter of Lohar Kong Simha Raja, who himself was married to a daughter of Lalli (Jat Clan) Sahi king Bhima of Kabul and Udabhanda (Und, near modern Attock).
Rajatarangini tells that Kshemagupta, King of Kashmir, bestowed thirty-six villages which were attached to the several monasteries that were burnt, to the lord of Khasa. Sinharaja, governor of fort Lohara, married his daughter to the king. This girl's name was Didda, and her mother's father was the Shahi.
Alberuni refers to this castle Lohar Kot-as Loha Kot, and Mahmud Ghazni’s attack on Lohar Kot was a dismal failure. Farishta tells that Muhmud failed because the fort “was remarkable on account of its height and strength. 
Bhim Singh Dahiya writes that another Jat, named Chankuna (चणकुण), of Tokhara clan, was chief minister of Lalitaditya. Why all these Jats were holding predominant positions unless the rulers themselves were Jats of Lohar and other clans? 
According to Bhim Singh Dahiya the Gondal clan represents the “Go-nanda” dynasty of Kashmir, the Lohar jats are the descendants of the Lohar kings of Kashmir, just as the Lalli, the Sahi, the Balhara, the Bring, the Takhar, the Dhonchak, the Samil, the Kular, and so on represent the people mentioned in the Rajatarangini of Kalhana.
ठाकुर देशराज ने लिखा है.... लोहर - यह वंश 1004 ई. में कश्मीर में राज्य करता था। इससे पहले दाबर या दिबिर वंश का यहां राज्य था। लोहर वंश के शासनकाल में कश्मीर की हालत सुधर गई थी। संग्रामदेव, अनंतदेव और हर्ष, उत्कर्ष इस वंश के प्रसिद्ध राजा हुए हैं। सन् 1018 ई में इस वंश से यह राज्य छिन गया। इस खानदान के लोग उत्तर प्रदेश में लऊर और लाहर नाम से मशहूर हैं।
Distribution in Uttar Pradesh
Distribution in Punjab
Villages in Jalandhar district
Villages in Sangrur district
Distribution in Madhya Pradesh
- Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. ल-100
- O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu,p.59,s.n. 2250
- B S Dahiya:Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), p.240, s.n.132
- Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. ल-67
- Thakur Deshraj: Jat Itihas (Utpatti Aur Gaurav Khand)/Shashtham Parichhed,p.126
- An Inquiry Into the Ethnography of Afghanistan, H. W. Bellew, p.139,184
- Mahendra Singh Arya et al.: Ādhunik Jat Itihas, Agra, 1998, p. 280
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Introduction,p.9
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Jat Clan in India,p. 263
- Rajatarangini of Kalhana:Kings of Kashmira/Book VI,p.154
- RAJAT, VI, 355 and VII, 1284
- For details see, RAJAT, Vol II, p. 293; Steins note. E
- Elliot, Early History of India (V A Smith), Vol I
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Harsha Vardhana : Linkage and Identity,p.224
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Harsha Vardhana : Linkage and Identity,p.225
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Introduction,p.xi
- Thakur Deshraj: Jat Itihas (Utpatti Aur Gaurav Khand)/Shashtham Parichhed, p.126
- B S Dahiya:Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Jat Clan in India,p. 263
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