April 23rd, 2012

Class of Jammu hills before Maharaja Gulab Singh

ANDOTRA RAJPUTS: – In the beginning of 12 centaury after of the death of younger brother of King Rana Bhat who had migrated to Pathankot, a descendent namely Anand jee Pathania migrated to Kathua (a district of J and K state) and founded his chiefship in the area. Later his offspring came to be known as ANAD-OTRAS and later with the passage of time they were known as Andotras.
BANDRAL RAJPUTS: – During 183 Bc where now a days Ram Nagar area falls there were village Kingdoms ruled by Rana’s they were the off shoots of a landlord namely Guru. These Rana landlords were very harsh in every respect People were fed up of their tyranny, so the people of the area approached King Bachitar Dev of Chamba about the tyrannies and other illegal ways adopted by these Rana landlords and also prayed for
justice. So King Bachitar Dev sent his younger brother Bhetar Dev with a huge army against these Rana Land lords and he conquered the area and established his capital city at a place which is now known as Ram Nagar and named his Kingdom as Bandralata and accordingly his decendent came to be known as Bandral Rajputs.
In the area 1822 AD Maharaja Gulab Singh conquered the Bandralata Kingdom and allotted the area as Jagir to Raja Suchet Singh who changed the name of Bandralata as Ram Nagar and the last king of Bandralata dynasty namely Chander Dhar Dev left for Distt. Ambala and settled there for ever.
BHADWAL RAJPUTS: – King Kalash Pal had two sons, namely Tung Pal and Tukh Pal. After the death of King Kalash Pal his elder son. Tung Pal ascended the throne of Basohli and his younger brother Tukh Pal was allotted the Hater Jagir. This created a long confrontation between the two brothers but later on they shaked the hands and Tukh Pal selected a Hill top near Hateted and established a capital township of his Kingdom and named it as PADHU which with the passage of time came to be known as Bhadhu and the descendents of Tukh Pal came to be known as Bhadwal Rajputs.
BILLAWRIA RAJPUTS: – Raja Bhog Pal who was a Chandervanshi descendent of Pandu’s and an off shoot of Tomar Rajputs had migrated from his capital city Almohra to BILLAWAR via Haridwar -Jawla Mukhi and Nurpur. The Billawar area then was barren land surrounded by seasonal tributaries (Nallahas) from three sides and on the fourth side was a dense forest of Bil trees. A temple of Mahadeva was found by the Raja in the dense forest which he came to know that it was constructed by his ancestor Pandu’s and the Bil leaves are offered to Mahadeva in Pooja. So he made his mind to develop the area and accordingly in the initial stage founded a village in this forest area and named it as Bilaver due the reason of Bil trees, but with the passage of time the area came to be known as Billawar and descendents of Raja Bhog Pal came to be known as Bilowria Rajputs.
CHIB RAJPUTS: – In 13th century Raja Narian Chand Katoch S/o Partap Chand Katoch alongwith his four sons namely Chib Chand, Dharam Chand, Ambo Chand and Aji Chand and some servants shifted from Kangra Himachal Pardesh, to Jammu Hills and settled in the then village Magloora near the then Bhimber State (Now in Pakistan).The state was then ruled by Raja Sri Pat of Thakyal dynasty. Chib Chand the eldest son of Raja Narian Chand married the daughter of Sripat and off springs of the couple came to be known as Chib Rajputs. Mugal king Akbar changed the name of Bhimber State as Akbarabad but after the death of King Akbar it was again named as Bhimber. During the rule of Mughal dynasty many of the Chib Rajputs converted themselves to Islamic fold but the sub caste continued as CHIB for both Hindus and convertees. Further it is said that some of the rituals such as Mundan Sanskar, Muther Tarshi, and inter marriages remained common and similar among the Hindu and Muslim Chib Rajputs.
JASROTIA RAJPUTS: – After the death of King Avtar Dev of Jammu in 1019 A.D. Raja Jas Dev ascended the throne of Jammu. He in his name established a township on the same Pattern of Jammu Palaces then at a distance of 45 miles away on the eastern side of Jammu on the banks of River Ujh and named the township as Jasrota. The King Jasdev later handed over the township to his uncle Karan Dev whose descendents later came to be known as Jasrotia Rajputs .
LAKHANPURIA RAJPUTS: – After the death of King Kalash Dev of Jasrota his elder son Partap Dev ascended the throne. His younger brother Sangram Dev revolted and demanded half of the kingdom from his brother but due to the intervention of  family members and of other Raja’s of the area, it was decided that the areas of eastern part of Ujh river upto River Ravi be given to the younger brother Sangram Dev. After obtaining the area Sangram Dev constructed a palace in Lakhanpur. He further deleted all his relation with Jasorta clain and his descendents henceforth come to be known as Lakhanpuria Rajputs.

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