Seka

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Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (Retd.)

Seka (सेक) was a republic known to Panini and mentioned in Mahabharata (II.28.?).

Origin

Variants of name

Jat clans

History

V. S. Agrawala[1] mentions Vishayas known to Panini which includes - Saikayata (सैकयत), under Bhauriki Gana (IV.2.54).


Sandhya Jain[2] writes that Seka/Aparaseka were defeated by Sahdeva [3] in the south; possibly from the region between the Chambal and Narmada rivers.


We find mention of a Sekwal gotra lady in the history of Burdaks as wife of Rao Burdakdeo, the originator of Burdak Gotra.

In Mahabharata

Seka is mentioned in Mahabharata (II.28.?)

Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 28 mentions a province named Seka (सेक) which was conquered by Sahadeva in his victories of southern provinces. He also conquered adjoining Aparaseka (अपरसेक) province. [4] [5]

"The mighty warrior then vanquished the Sekas and others, and exacted tributes from them and also various kinds of gems and wealth. Allying himself with the vanquished tribes the prince then marched towards the countries that lay on the banks of the Narmada. And defeating there in battle the two heroic kings of Avanti, called Vinda and Anuvinda,...."[6]

From the above description in Sabha Parva it appears that the province of Sekas mentioned here appears to be between Chambal and Narmada Rivers.

Some historians[7] consider them to be located in Ajmer-Merwara region who owned silver mines and capital at Jahajpur. There is a need to research this region Seka. These Seka people probably gave names to Sikar.

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References

  1. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.499
  2. Sandhya Jain: Adi Deo Arya Devata - A Panoramic View of Tribal-Hindu Cultural Interface, Rupa & Co, 7/16, Ansari Road Daryaganj, New Delhi, 2004 ,p.144
  3. Mahabharata (II.28.8)
  4. सेकानपरसेकान्श्च व्यजयत सुमहाबलः (Mahabharat Sabha Parva:319)
  5. Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.985
  6. Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 28
  7. Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p.283

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