Palasia

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Palasia (पलासिया) Palasiya (पलासिया) gotra Jats are found in Sikar district of Rajasthan.

History

James Tod writes that In the mountains of Badrinath, there was a state, whose princes were of the Yadu race, descended from the first Salivahan at the period of the expulsion from Ghazni. At this time, the prince of this state dying without issue, a deputation came to Jaisalmer to obtain a prince to fill the vacant gadi. Hasso (A.D. 1200) was accordingly sent, but died just as he arrived. His wife, who was pregnant, was taken with the pains of labour on the journey, and was delivered of a son under the shade of a palas tree, whence the child was called Palasia. This infant succeeding, the raj (principality) was named after him Palasia. [1]

Alexander Cunningham[2] writes that Strabo and Pliny agree with Arrian in calling the people of Palibothra by the name of Prosii, which modern writers have unanimously referred to the Sanskrit prachya, or " eastern." But it seems to me that Prasii is only the Greek form of Palasiya or Parasiya, a "man of Palasa or Parasa," which is an actual and well-known name of Magadha, of which Palibothra was the capital. It obtained this name from the Palasa, or Butea frondosa, which still grows as luxuriantly in the province as in the time of Hwen Thsang.[3] The common form of the name is Parās, or when quickly pronounced Prās, which I take to be the true original of the Greek Prasii. This derivation is supported by the spelling of the name given by Curtius,[4] who calls the people Pharrasii, which is an almost exact transcript of the Indian name Parāsiya. The Praxiakos of Aelian is only the derivative form Palāsaka.

Distribution in Rajasthan

Villages in Sikar district

Sikar

Notable persons

External links

Reference

  1. James Tod: Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Volume II, Annals of Jaisalmer, p.222-223
  2. The Ancient Geography of India: I. The Buddhist Period, Including the ...By Sir Alexander Cunningham, p.454
  3. Julien's 'Hiouen Thsang,' i. 151 : eaa et la de beaux kie-ni, ou kanaka (Butea frondosa), laissaient pendre leurs fleurs d'un rouge (iblouissant.'
  4. ' Vita Alexandri,' ix. 2.

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