Hanjra

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

Hanjrah (also spelt Hinjra) is a clan of Jats found in the Punjab, Pakistan and Northern Indian state of Punjab.

Raja Jagnath, was the younger son of Raja Giyal, the conqueror of Makhiala. Raja Giyal was the son of Raja Mal, the ruler of Malot Fort in Chakwal, originally hailing from Raja Dalip of Delhi. Raja Jagnath married many wives and had many sons, who founded various sub tribes and clans. His youngest son, Hanjra conquered Silapath. Hanjrah's tribe eventually settled in Punjab and remained as Jagirdars and a powerful tribe in the area and are generally considered to be one of the most richest, educated, talented and powerful Jats. Hanjras hold a proud heritage of being among the most sought after clans during marital affairs, due to their strong lineage. They are known for their intelligence and looks.

After the Partition of India in 1947, where the Punjab region was divided between India and Pakistan, Sikh Hanjrah Jatts moved to Eastern Punjab (comprising today's states of Punjab (India), Haryana and Himachal Pradesh). While the Muslim Hanjrah Jats migrated to Pakistan. Hanjrahs own large swaths of land in western Punjab.[citation needed] There are a significant number of Hanjrahs in Pakistan, in the area around Ghakhar Mandi Gujranwala District, Sialkot District, Jhang, Chiniot in the late 19th century many of Hanjrahs settled around Jhang, Chiniot and Faisalabad after the establishment of an irrigation system.[citation needed]

Religion[edit]

Hanjrahs in eastern Punjab in India are predominantly Sikh. The Hanjrahs in Pakistan are predominantly Muslims. riaz ahmed [Hanjrah Jats owned Large Swaths of lands in West Punjab]: Villages: Darkalian, Kalarahwanka and lot more villages in that area in Sialkot District were inhabited by Hanjrah Jat Clan and owned all swaths of fertile and well irrigated lands both by Sikhs and Muslims Hanjrahs alike. After 1947 partition the Sikhs settled in Garhshankar, Ropar, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Batala and Kapurthala areas of East Punjab.