Agharia

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'Agharia (also spelled Aghariya or Agaria) are Jats found in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Chhota Nagpur, India. They originated from the Agra region, and hence became known as Agaria, which changed to Agharia due to linguistic variations.

History[edit]

'Agharia' is probably a variant of the Mahabharata tribe 'Agreya'. During Alexander's time the janapada of Agreyas was situated in Punjab.[1]

Agharia Jats' original settlement is considered to be region near Agra and Bharatpur. They migrated to Orissa and Chattisgarh around 15th/ 16th century during Mughal rule from Aghpur/Aghapur near Bharatpur (Rajasthan) which is in radius of 84kose around Vrindavan & Mathura. The Agharia-Jats are known as Chourasi-Agharia Jats in Chhattisgarh and western Orissa. Some were serving in Maratha-Army and are known as "Jagtap Maratha Jats" now.[citation needed]

It is necessary to study the history of Aga and Agha Jats found around Agra. It is very likely that Agha and Agharia are both related and have linkages to Kushana history, who are considered Jats. A branch of Tocharians was Hunga who came to Brij area in India and settled on the fertile banks of Yamuna River. Hunga Jats are believed to get their name from Hungamas satrap who came from the region of "Huang He" river and "hingu" hills in China. The Hunga over a period became "Aga". Aga in Sanskrit became "Agre" meaning advance, since these were the people first to come to Brij area. Kanishka had made the Hunga people the rulers of Mathura. Another branch of Tocharians moved to Afghanistan and up to Iran. Kanishka made these people the rulers of Ghazni.[citation needed]

According to Dharampal Singh Dudee, Agi gotra is different from Aga, Haga or Agre. Agi gotra started from a Jat named Aksha (अक्ष), who are also considered as descendants of rishi Agastya.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathur, Vijayendra Kumar: Aitihasik Sthanavali (Hindi), Vaigyanik tatha Takaniki Shabdawali Ayog, Government of India, 1990, p. 61
  2. ^ Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar and Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998