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Jat Clan: Khaira
Distribution Punjab
Descended from: Janjua Rajputs
Branches: None
Religion Islam and Sikhism
Languages Punjabi
Surnames: Khaira,Khera

The Khaira (Punjabi: ਖੈਰਾ ) are a Jat gotra (clan) found in Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab and parts of Afghanistan. Alternate transliterations include Khera, Khara, Khehra or Khahra.



Khaira are a Jat clan that hail from the historical Majha area of Punjab. Clan members are commonly found near Khadoor Sahib town of Amritsar, Faisalabad and Lahore districts of Punjab in India and Pakistan.[1]

The Jat people were designated by the British as a "martial race" (people). Thought to be naturally warlike, the British recruited heavily from the "martial races" for service in the colonial army. [2]

There are differing opinions about the origin of the word Khaira.

See also


  1. ^ Harbans Singh, The Heritage of the Sikhs, second rev. ed., Manohar (1994) ISBN 8173040648 Pages 23-24
  2. ^ Stern, Robert W. (1988) (in English). The cat and the lion: Jaipur State in the British Raj. page 286: BRILL. pp. 331. ISBN 9789004082830. ""...the Jats were a "martial race", one of the largest..." 

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