Vanar

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Vanar (वानर)[1] is a gotra of Jats found in Haryana in India. [2]Lord Hanuman of Ramayana was a Kshatriya of Vanar clan. He was not a monkey as is shown in Ramayana.

Origin

The tribes who dwelt in forest (vana) were called by the name vana-nara or Vanara (वानर).[3]

History

Adi Parva, Mahabharata/Mahabharata Book I Chapter 66 mentions that the sons of Rishi Pulastya are Rakshasas, Vanaras, Kinnaras, and Yakshas. [4]

Bhisma Parva, Mahabharata/Book VI Chapter 10 describes the Geography of Bharatavarsha and Vanara (वानर) is Mentioned in shloka 43. [5] The Mahabharata Tribe - Vanara (वानर) may be identified with Jat Gotra - Vanar (वानर)

Distribution

They are found in Punjab and Haryana. [6] In Punjab they were called Bandar. Bandar Jats have a population of 3,180 in Patiala district and 2,316 in Amritsar district in Punjab. [7]

Wandar or Vandar is a Jat Gotra found in Punjab. In Firozpur district the Wandar population is 4,560. [8]

Wandar village in Pali district

Wandar village is in Desuri tahsil of Pali district in Rajasthan.

References

  1. O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu, p.52, s.n. 1749
  2. Jat Samaj: Agra November 1999
  3. Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p. 267
  4. रक्षसास तु पुलस्त्यस्य वानराः | किंनरास तथा Mahabharata:(I.60.7), (1.66),
  5. आदि राष्ट्राः सुकुट्टाश च बलिराष्ट्रं च केवलम । वानरास्याः परवाहाश च वक्रा वक्रभयाः शकाः (VI.10.43)
  6. Kishori Lal Faujdar: "Mahabharatakalin Jat Vansh", Jat Samaj, July 1995, p. 7
  7. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon. pp.124,126
  8. History and study of the Jats, B.S Dhillon. p. 127

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