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History Lohana Community

Hindus fall into four classes: Brahmins - the priestly class, Kshatriyas - the warrior class Vaishyas- the trading and farming class, and Sudras - the working class.

Lohanas belong to the Kshatriya class historically.
Lohana history begins with the Sun God, King Raghu, who had a son, Aj, whose son was the famous King of Ayodhya, Dashrath. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Lord Ram, son of King Dashrath. Because our ancestry dates back to King Raghu, Lohanas are known as Raghuvanshis. Ram himself had two Sons, Luv and Kush. When Lord Ram renounced this throne, he gave part of his throne to each of his sons. Luv ruled over an area known as Saptasind (Seven Rivers), today known as Sind and Purijab, His descendants spread their empire as far as a field as Afghanistan.

As time passed, our ancestors established feudal estates and dwelt on the bank of the Ganges, the Jamna and the Saryu, the most sacred river of India. Agriculture and dairy farming were their occupations, but they took up arms when needed to defend their way of life and religion.

Many of the Lohanas who settled in the Punjab and the Northwest region, now known as the Northwest Frontier, built several strong forts around the borders. The biggest and most formidable of all the forts was Lohar Gadha. Our ancestors were then called the Lohar Ranas or the Lohar Kshartriyas. The Lohar Ranas stood as sentinels at the Khyber and Bolan passes in North India. In 580 BC, the famous King Bimbisar divided his subjects into castes to facilitate his economy. Kshatriyas formed the Luv caste and were gradually known as Luvanas.

Several historians, Chinese, English and others, from ancient times, have made reference in their history books to the powerful rule of the Lohanas in Afghanistan and the Sind. The Lohanas protected these countries from foreign invasion from the 7th till the 11th centuries AD. When the Muslims annexed Sind, they converted Hindus to Islam. Many Hindus therefore fled to Cutch. Hence, today we have many Cutchhi Gujaratis who are Lohanas.

Gradually, the Lohanas spread themselves out to Cutchhi into southern India, mainly Gujarat and Saurashtra. Today there is a heavy concentration of Lohanas in the state of Gujarat.

Those Lohanas who were converted to Islam are known as Rhojas. Consequently, many (now) Khojas have similar customs, traditions and surnames to Lohanas. The father of Mohammed Ali Jina (the founder of Pakistan) had the name Jinabhai Thakkar. The Jina surname was established after his name.

Chandrgupta, the great Raghuvanshi king, established the Mourya Empire and ruled from about 321 to 298 BC. He established this empire by seizing control of the Punjab region after the death of Alexander the great, and the conquering Magadha, a kingdom in the Ganges valley. He eventually controlled much of India, what is now Pakistan and part of what is now Afghanistan.

In the 13th century AD, Ghengis Khan of Mongolia launched a massive invasion of India. The great Dada Jasraj was ruling the Lohar Gadha at the time of the invasion. He engaged the forces of the Khan and in a deadly battle Ghengis Khan; the ruthless conqueror of the world was killed by Dada Jasraj. This fact is recorded by a very famous historian of the time, Shiv Prasad Sharma, of the northern region. Dada Jasraj’s victory over Ghengis Khan is also recorded in a Chinese epitaph on a tomb that lies near the Fort of Multan. It reads,” Here lies Ghengis Khan whom Rana Jasraj of Lohar dealt a fatal blow”.

The death of Dada Jasraj marked the beginning of the end for the Lohanas as a powerful nation. They lost their strength because of internal dissensions and quarrels. The famous and formidable kingdom that the Lohar Ranas had established passed into the hands of foreigners. The Lohanas thereafter were much divided as they quarrelled amongst themselves for power to rule their clan. In the absence of a strong leader, the Lohanas became a clan of wanderers with no fixed place to call their own. They were no longer a warrior class and took to trading and farming. As Dada Jasraj has been remembered as the great king who vanquished Ghengis Khan of Mongolia, his symbol is often placed in the lagna mandap when a Lohana marriage is performed.

The Lohanas have been historically recognised as an Iron- willed and strong nation. Even after the death of Dada Jasraj, the Lohanas put up a long fight to ward off the large armies of foreigners who had kept invading the Lohana Kingdom.

The age old weakness of disunity and the lust for power caused the great war of the Mahabhrat, when cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas fought each other in a devastating war. The same weakness afflicted the Lohanas when two brothers in the middle ages, Prithviraj and Jaychandra fought each other and thereby brought about the downfall of the courageous people, the Lohanas.

Although the Lohanas were no longer a force to be reckoned with, they retained their spirit of honesty, bravery and sacrifice of their indomitable ancestors. They however continued to migrate from place to place in order to protect their people and took to trade and commerce.

Among the great leaders and saints, the Lohanas have produced Sant Jalaram and Dada Jasraj. As can be seen the Lohanas have had a colourful and illustrious past. It is therefore incumbent upon the present generation of Lohanas to maintain the high ideals of unity, brotherhood and love towards each other and to instil these values into our children.

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