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Jat Clan: Bhullar
Distribution Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab (India) and Haryana
Descended from: Tatars
Branches: None
Religion Sikhism and Islam
Languages Punjabi and Haryanvi
Surnames: Bhullar

Bhullar Punjabi: ਭੁੱਲਰ Hindi: भूलर) is a Jat gotra or clan found in the Punjab region of (North) India and (East) Pakistan.

There are different views on how the Bhullars entered the Punjab. According to Nijjar (2008), the Jat clans moved from central Asia to India during the period between the 5th and the 9th century. According to Tod (1829), for centuries a few Jat tribes lived in co-existence in the current Punjab, while a large number of Jat tribes moved from Rajasthan to Punjab and other areas of India. Ibbetson (2002) noted that Bhullars are believed to be the original settlers of the Punjab, along with the Maan,Sihag and Hayer (Heir) gotras without entering Punjab through the Rajasthan route as done by the other Jat gotras. Sihags and Manns of Western Punjab,Haryana Rajasthan consider themselves to be the brethren of the Her and Bhular gotras(clan).

Thousands of years ago Her,Dahiya,Bhular and Sihag lived in Iran and Turkistan.

Sir Lepel Griffin (1865) was of the opinion that the Bhullars came into the Punjab region from the present central Asia. Most of the Jat tribes entered the Punjab in the 5th century. There arganegtae many theories about the origin of the Jats. Jats are sometimes considered to be of Scythian (Saka), Indo-European, Indo-Iranian or Indo-Aryan stock in view of the similar physical features and common practices with one or the other of these groups.

History

Historically, Bhullar were settled latest of all mainly in the current Majha region of Punjab in large numbers, but were found in the area around Lahore (in Pakistan) and Amritsar. Bhullar population in the current Majha region of Punjab India remained constant. Bhullars have ancestral place of worship called ‘Baba Shid’ in Jind riast currently district in Haryana, and in the Sangrur and Rampura in Bathinda District of Punjab India. After the partition of India in 1947, the Bhullars were scattered all across the Punjab region. Many also moved out of Pakistan during the divide between India and Pakistan. They moved to countries sucha as Kenya; mainly in Nairobi. where they practiced wood-work and many other skills. Ruins related to Bhullars are spread over an area of twelve miles near in the area of Bahawalpur in Pakistan.

Geographical Distribution

In Punjab (India) Bhullar village name is common and found in various districts such as Muktsar, Jalandhar, Moga districts. Bhullars are evenly distributed in the state of Punjab with large concentration in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Ferozpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Muktsar, Moga, Faridkot, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala. Bhullars have a huge concentration in the Majha region mostly around the city of Amritsar in Punjab (India). In Pakistan Bhullars are found in the Punjab, places such as Lahore and Narowal district. In Sialkot Bhullars have large concentration in Pasrur, Daska, khanpur (tehsil), Bhullar Mairay Wala, Bhular Rohi Wala, Bhullar Sharif and Bhullar. In East Punjab (India), and Haryana Bhullars are virtually all Sikh.

See also

  • Griffin, Sir Lepen H, (1865). The Panjab chiefs : historical and biographical notices of the principal families in the territories under the Panjab government. Chronicle Press, Lahore.
  • Ibbetson, Denzil, (2002). Panjab castes. Low Price Publications. ISBN 81-753-6290-1.
  • Nijjar, B.S., (2008). Origins and History of Jats and Other Allied Nomadic Tribes of India, 900 B.C. - 1947 A.D. New Delhi, Atlantic.
  • Rose, H.A. Denzil Ibbetson, Edward Maclagan (reprint 1990). Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. Asian Educational Services, India, ISBN 81-206-0505-5.
  • Tod, Col James, (1829, 1832). Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India, v. 1, 2. London, Smith, Elder. Reprint New Delhi, Munshiram Publishers (2001), ISBN 81-706-9128-1.
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