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For River see Mahi River (Banswara, Dungarpur)

Mahi (माहि)[1] is a Jat Gotra in Punjab.


Ram Swarup Joon[2] writes about Mahe, Mahi, Mehiwal, Meheria, Mahit: These are also very old gotras. In the 8th generation of the Mirhas there lived a king called Mahit. His descendants were called Mahi, Mahe. In about the first century AD, Darunpur, some where near Sujangarh, was the capital of Mahe Kings.

History of the Jats, End of Page-93

According to the census of 1911 their number was. about 7000.

The Mahe dynasty has been mentioned in the Mahabharata. In the "Prithviraj Basa" and in the Alha Udal stories there are references to the Mahal Kings.

The Mahiwal Jats are found in large number in the Western Punjab, but they are spread all over Northern India.

The Mehria gotra is found in Rajasthan.

Tej Ram Sharma[3] mentions about a personified deity named Mahi (मही), which means 'earth', in Gupta inscriptions (No. 43, L. 10). [4]

In Mahabharata

Bhisma Parva, Mahabharata/Book VI Chapter 10 shloka 45 mentions Mahis:

मल्लाः सुदेष्णाः पराहूतास तदा माहिष कार्षिकाः
वाहीका वाटधानाश च आभीराः कालतॊयकाः (VI.10.45)

Distribution in Punjab

In Firozpur district the Mahi population is 1,740. [5]

The Mehria gotra is found in Rajasthan.

Distribution in Pakistan

According to 1911 census the Mahi were the principal Muslim Jat clan in :

See also



  1. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. म-58
  2. Ram Swarup Joon: History of the Jats/Chapter V,p. 93-94
  3. Tej Ram Sharma: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions, p.80
  4. Kalaikuri Sultanpur Copper-plate Inscription of the Gupta Year 120 (=A.D. 439)
  5. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon, p. 127

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