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Castes of India
Ahluwalia
Classification Kshatriya (Chandravanshi or Somavanshi)
Religions Sikhism with Hinduism
Language Punjabi and Hindi
Populated States Punjab (India), Haryana,

Himachal Pradesh, Delhi

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia's Samādhi near Burj Baba Atal Sahib, Amritsar.
Ahluwalia Fort
The Royal Coat of arms of Kapurthala State

Ahluwalia is one of twelve Sikh Misls, or fighting clans, founded by the misldar (leader of the misl) Jassa Singh Ahluwalia in mid-eighteenth century Punjab, who also found the Kapurthala State. Some Hindu Punjabis also use Ahluwalia as their last name.

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History and traditions

The term Ahluwalia came into use after the rise of a resident of the Ahlu village (located 11 miles SE of Lahore), Jassa Singh Ahluwalia as a misldar of the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab. Hence his descendants and followers came to be known by Ahluwalia or Walias. Walia is short form of Ahluwalia. Later, descendants of other non-Sikh residents of the village also started using Ahluwalia, now a sizable community among Punjabis.

Ahluwalia Chiefs

Kapurthala 1777 Kapurthala state founded Rulers (title Sardar) Ahluwalia dynasty

  • 1777 – 20 Oct 1783 Jassa Singh (1718–1783)
  • 20 Oct 1783 – 1801 Bagh Singh (1747–1801)

Rajas Ahluwalia dynasty

  • 1801 – 20 Oct 1837 Fateh Singh (1784–1837)
  • 20 Oct 1837 – 13 Sep 1852 Nihal Singh (1817–1852)
  • 13 Sep 1852 – 12 Mar 1861 Randhir Singh (1831–1870)

Rulers (title Raja-i Rajgan) Ahluwalia dynasty

  • 12 Mar 1861 – 2 Apr 1870 Randhir Singh (s.a.)
  • 2 Apr 1870 – 3 Sep 1877 Kharrak Singh (1850–1877)
  • 3 Sep 1877 – 12 Dec 1911 Jagatjit Singh Bahadur (1872–1949)

Maharaja Ahluwalia dynasty

Gotras under Ahluwalias[1]

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  • Ashkal
  • Aakre
  • Bajagade
  • Banar
  • Beond
  • Bhambral
  • Bhagar
  • Bhawrishi
  • Bhagat
  • Bhar
  • Bhuryan
  • Bimat
  • Bontra
  • Caprahaan
  • Chandvaan
  • Channi
  • Dhaul
  • Harshyaan
  • Hatar or Hattar
  • Hoon
  • Jaardi
  • Jaiswal
  • Janvathiya
  • Jaspal
  • Josh
  • Joshan
  • Judge or Jaaj
  • Kandel
  • Kent
  • Khurana * Kher
  • Kpathyaan
  • Liberhan
  • Ludhatia
  • Madhvathi
  • Malhi
  • Mali
  • Malihan
  • Malik
  • Mumick or Mamik
  • Neel
  • Pabra
  • Paintal
  • Paul or Pal
  • Rana
  • Rekhi or Raikhy
  • Rosha
  • Ratra
  • Sadd
  • Sand
  • Sambhi
  • Sikand
  • Sinhpalan
  • Shrikant
  • Sulhyan
  • Tulsi
  • Verma
  • Yashpal
Major-General H.H. Farzand-i-Dilband Rasikh- al-Iqtidad-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Raja-i-Rajagan, Maharaja Sir Jagatjit Singh, Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala, GCSI, GCIE, GBE

Related communities[2]

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Sub Castes of Kalchuri Samaj

  • Rai
  • Shivhare
  • Chouksey
  • Shoundik(Sudhi)
  • Pashine
  • Nashine
  • Somavanshi Kalar
  • Haihaya Kalchuri Kshatriya Kalar
  • Malviya
  • Atriwal
  • Bijoria ( MP)
  • Barkiya(Sarangpur)
  • Bhadoriya(MP)
  • Bhadouniya
  • Bhabore
  • Bhagat
  • Bhaskar
  • Borele
  • Dakhne
  • Gopalia(Rajasthan)
  • Gupt
  • Haanda
  • Jhariwal(Rajasthan)
  • Katakwaar(MP)
  • Lal
  • Mahor
  • Mewada(Rajasthan)
  • Meliwal
  • Mohve
  • Mukhariya(MP)
  • Pardeshi (Maharastra
  • Pareta
  • Pawar(Rajastahan)
  • Sainik
  • Swalka
  • Shaw
  • Saarke(MP)
  • Sebaiwaar(Maharastra)
  • Sinha (Bihar) some of them
  • Saiwal
  • Tak

Note: some of them are cross listed with other communities.

Tikka Raja Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala Maharaj Kumar Suryajit Singh of Kapurthala

Regal Ahluwalias[3][4][5][6]

  • HH Tikka Raja Shri Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala – a graduate of the elite Doon School, Chief Representative in Asia for Moet-Hennessy and Group Advisor to the French firm, Louis Vuitton, he has pioneered the entry of Moet Hennessy, LVMH perfumes and cosmetics and the LVMH fashion group into India, he is also actively involved in various restoration projects in Punjab and has had other initiatives undertaken for the protection of India's Heritage monuments, he was awarded "The Order of Mohammed" by King Hasan II of Morocco for developing outstanding relationships, both cultural and economic, with the Kingdom of Morocco. President Guru Ka Lal Sultan Ul Quam Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Trust (Regd).
  • Kunwar Shri Arun Singh of Kapurthala – Former Union Minister of State for Defence
  • Kunwar Billy Arjan Singh of Kapurthala – Oldest Wildlife Conservationist of India
  • Kunwar Shri Vishvjit Singh Vishvjit Prithvijit Singh of Kapurthala – Former MP Rajya Sabha

Prominent Ahluwalias

Ahluwalia Ikons

  • Major H. P. S. Ahluwalia – Mountaineer. He climbed Mt Everest on 29 May 1965. In 1965 Indo Pak war he was injured and confined to the wheel chair. He set up Indian Spinal Injury Society in 1993. He was awarded Padma Bhushan award in 2002. Major Ahluwalia is also the chairman of Rehabilitation Council of India and is a recipient of several awards like Padamshree, Arjuna award, National Award for the best work done in the field of Disability, order of the Khalsa (Nissan A Khalsa). He has written several books like ‘Higher than Everest’, ‘Beyond the Himalayas’, ‘Everest is within you’.[8]
  • Shabbir Ahluwalia – TV Actor of Star Plus Kahin Toh Hoga Fame. He was adjudged the Style Icon of the year at the Indian Telly awards and had a great 2005. He once aspired to be a sportsman but has become one of the best loved guys of Indian television. He first found popularity as Rishi Grewal of ‘Kahin To Hoga’ by Balaji. This year he was also seen in ‘Kkavyanjali’. Known as Ekta’s blue-eyed boy, he has featured in plum roles in her forthcoming ventures. One show that really rocked for Shabbir was ‘Nach Baliye’.[9]
  • Niki Aneja Walia – Indian television actress. She played the part of Dr Simran in the Hindi TV series on Zee TV, Astitva...ek prem kahani.
  • Pooja Batra Ahluwalia – Indian actress. She shot to fame in the early 90's when she was crowned Miss India in 1993. Pooja Batra is married to an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, and resides in Los Angeles, California.
  • Manpreet Brar Walia – won the Miss India crown in 1995. She was then first runner-up at the 1995 Miss Universe pageant, behind Miss USA Chelsi Smith. Brar modeled an ethnic wardrobe designed by Ritu Kumar and financed by The Times of India.
  • Sonu Walia – Bollywood actress who has acted in films such as Khoon Bhari Maang. She won the Miss India contest in 1985 and went on to compete in Miss Universe 1985. She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Khoon Bhari Maang with Rekha and Kabir Bedi in year 1988. She also acted in a TV serial called Betaal Pachisi along with Tom Walter, Shahbaz Khan.
  • Ashim Ahluwalia – Director of Part documentary and part fiction feature, "John & Jane" a film set in the call centers of Mumbai. He was born in Bombay, India, on June 3, 1972, where he grew up on a nutritious diet of Hindi-movie extravaganzas and B-grade American films. He studied film at Bard College in New York under experimental filmmakers Peter Hutton and Peggy Ahwesh. His previous film, A Short Season, has been to several film festivals, including the 19th Asian-American Film Festival (New York), the Bangkok International Film Festival and the Bombay International Documentary and Short Film Festival. Ashim Ahluwalia lives and works in Bombay.
  • Ravi Walia – Canadian figure skater who competed in men's singles. He won the bronze medal at the 1995 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

References

ARVIND WALIA,DEHRADOON,CEO ARVIND FURNISHING STORE

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