|Kshatriya Clan: Handa|
|Distribution||Punjab (Pakistan) and Punjab (India)punjab india|
|Descended from:suryavanshi||Khatris or Suryavansha or Solar Dynasty (Sūrya-vaṃśa)khatris|
|Religion||Hinduism and Sikhism and Christianityhinduism|
|Surnames:||Handa, Hande, Handoo, and Hudda/ Hooda handa|
Handa (Punjabi: ਹਾਂਡਾ, ہانڈا; Hindi: हाँडा) is a prominent Khatri, Kshatriya clan originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Handas are all Punjabi's and are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Many Handa's trace their origin to the former Indian and now Pakistani districts of Punjab: Lahore, Gujranwala, and Gujrat. Lakhanwal Khas and Jalalpur Jattan are two towns within the Gujrat district that many Handa's trace their ancestry to. After the India-Pakistan independence many Handa's had left their native homes in Pakistan and relocated to various parts of Northern India. Many Handa's can be found in regions like Punjab, Delhi, Uttarpradesh, Haryana, Kashmir and Rajasthan. Some Handa families may also be found in mid and southern parts of India; especially those families that are a part of the Indian armed forces.
The majority of Handas are Hindus and Sikhs. They are descendants of the Suryavansha or Solar Dynasty (Sūrya-vaṃśa). This dynasty is one of the oldest and largest Kshatriya dynasties of India. The Solar Dynasty is also known as Ādityavanśa (आदित्यवंश), Mitravanśa (मित्रवंश), Arkavanśa (अर्कवंश) and Ravivanśa (रविवंश).
Some have also linked the Handa clan with the Kambojas, and identified them as being one of the direct descendants. The Kambojas were an extremely ancient and a prominent Kshatriya tribe of north-west India, attested in the Samaveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda, Mahabharata, Valmiki Ramayana, numerous Puranas, Manusmriti and a host other ancient Sanskrit and Pali texts.
We are informed by numerous ancient Sanskrit and Pali texts like Ashtadhyayi of Pāṇini, Manusmriti, Mahabharata, Kautiliya's Arthashastra, Harivamsa, Vayu Purana, Brahmanda Purana and several other authorities that the ancestors of the modern Kambojas, in ancient times, were prominent Kshatriyas and were established in the Kshatriya-Dharama as a warriors and a rulers. They have been stylized as Rajaniyas as well as Kshatriyas in these ancient texts.
The Handas, alongside other Kshatriya warrior clans, have played a crucial part in shaping India's Aryan history. Aside from a very rich and prominent past in India, Handas can now be found in many parts of the world. Many Handa families can be found residing in England, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Handas during the Mughal Rule
There is mention of a warrior clan during the Mughal Period in India, by the name of HADA. The HADA were a Rajput clan in Rajputana (now Rajasthan) and were said to be the bravest and most loyal to the soil. This clan was later-on disbanded and got dispersed throughout India. Those who went to Gujrat in the Punjab were called "Handa", those who went to Maharashtra were called "Hande", who went to Kashmir called "Handoo" and those who went to Haryana as "Hudda/ Hooda".
Handa Family Tree
The Handa clan, like other Kshatriya clans, have their own family Pundit's, known as the Purohit, in Haridwar, India. The Purohit are responsible for maintaining the records of the forefathers of the Hindu family from thousands of years back. Family elders are required and obliged go to Haridwar when ever there is a new birth in the family and must add this information to the ever growing family tree that is then maintained and kept for future generations.
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- Ashtadhyayi IV.1.168-175.
- (Manusmriti, X.43-44). .
- Mahabharata 02.5.18-19; Mahabharata 13.33.20-21. Cf also: Mahabharata 13.35.17-18.
- Arthashastra 11.1.1-4.
- Harivamsa, 14.17..
- Vayu Purana: v 88.127-43.
- Brahmanda Purana, 3.41.36; Ancient Kamboja, People and the Country, 1981, p 19, Dr J. L. Kamboj; Kambojas Through the Ages, 2005, p 15, S. Kirpal Singh.
- Indological studies, 1962, p 15, History; Some Kṣatriya tribes of ancient India, 1924, p 241, Dr B. C. Law - Kshatriyas.
- See: Foreign Elements in Ancient Indian Society, 2nd Century BC to 7th Century AD, 1978, p 125, Uma Prasad Thapliyal - India Civilization.
- See also: Sabha Parava, Udyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva sections of the Mahabharata.