Johiya (also known as Joia, Joiya, Joyia, Joya, Joyea, Joeia and Joeya, claims to be a Chandravanshi Rajput clan in Northern India and Pakistan. The Jats also have a clan named Johiya. The Jat branches of the Johiya clan are Khichar, Kulhari, Gaina, and Mahla.
The Johiya Rajputs may be modern-day descendants of the ancient Yaudheya warrior tribe that ruled in some areas of northern India until the period of the Gupta empire. This theory - which was proposed by Alexander Cunningham - is not certain and it has also been mooted that they may be connected to another ancient tribe, being the Audumbaras.
Connection with the Chauhan Rajputs
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Dasharatha Sharma writes in his book Early Chauhan Dynasties that the Johiyas had matrimonial relations with the Chauhans of Ajmer. Raja Simhabala Johiya of Marot was the maternal uncle of Maharaja Vigraharaja, the grandfather of Prithiviraj Chauhan, and as well as his chief general. Simhabala's sister Sudhava was married to Raja Arneraja. According to Ramavallabha Somani in his book Prithviraj Chauhan and His Times, Simhabala Johiya ruled Marot from 1160–1175, and after the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan, Marot was captured by the Turks and the Johiyas were expelled from it.
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