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Jat Clan
Location Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Western Uttar Pradesh
Vansh Suryavansha [1]
Branches Kankran (काकरान), Thakurela(ठकुरेला)
Language Hindi, Haryanvi, Punjabi and Brajbhasha
Religion Hinduism

Kankran or Thakurela is a gotra of Jats found in India.

Origin of clan[edit]

They are descendants of Suryavanshi King Kakustha.[2]

Connections with Rama of Kakrana Jats[edit]

From 'Kakustha' started a Jat vansha known as 'Kusth' or Kakvansh. This later changed due to language variations to 'Kakustha', Kāk, Kāktīya, Kakka, Kuk, Kukkur, Kak and Kākarāṇ. In this very clan was born Dashratha's grandfather Raghu who started Raghuvansh. Raghuvanshi Jats are also descendants of him who are also known as 'Raghuvanshi Sikarwar’. During Ramayana period, in Balmiki Ramayana, Deva Samhita, Vishnu Puran, Shiv Mahapuran, Vedas etc. there is mention of Jats and their republics at various places. Jatvansha joined his army of Vashishtha Rishi in his support and fought war with Vishvamitra. This was a very severe war in which thousands of Jat soldiers were killed.[3]

Bhaleram Beniwal has provided evidences from ‘Balkand ekonavish sarga shloka-16’, ‘Balkand dvavish sarga shloka-6’, ‘Balkand dvavish sarga shloka-20’, ‘Balkand panchvish sarga shloka-15’, ‘Balkand pratham sarga shloka-56’ to prove that Dashratha and his son Rama were ‘kakusth’ and Raghuvanshi Jats. Rama has been addressed by the names Raghunandan, Raghukul, Kakasthkul, and Raghuvanshi. Later Lava, elder son of Rama started Lamba gotra in Jats and Kusha started Kachhavahi or kushavansha whose descendant Brahdal was killed by Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna. Suryavanshi kushavansha Jats ruled Ayodhya from 3100 BC to 500 BC. In the 21st generation of Ikshvaku was born Mandhata who has been written and proved as Gaurvanshi Jat in genealogy of Suryavanshi kings.[4] One of sons of Mandhata was Ambarish. His son was Yuvanashva and his son was Harit, who was a great Rishi. The descendants of this king became Brahman who were known as Gaur Brahmans.[5]


The Kakrana Jats had a small principality `Sahanpur' in the District of Bijnor. They were great warriors. In this Sahanpur state, the Kakrana Jats had 14 (Chaudeh) great warriors, and this branch of Kakran clan is known as Chaudehrana. At the time of the Paravonh, statues were made of these warriors and they are worshiped.[citation needed]

Kakk (कक्क) gotra of Jats were known so after apical ancestor Kakran. In Punjab and Kashmir, Kakran is known as Kakk .[6]

The Sahanpur was a jat empire of kakran gotra jats.They were the Suryavanshi jats. Kakran are the descendents of King Kakustha of Ikshvaku vansh in which Lord Ram was born.Kakran jats have many branches like Thakurela,Kak,Suryavanshi and Chaudehrana.Kakran established their empire in Sahanpur in 1600 AD in the leadership of King Nahar Singh.Kakrans extended their empire upto "Hari ki paudi" in Haridwar. The Kakran were the great warriors and the powerful clan.They captured this area from the Rohillas and expelled them from this area.It is to be said that kakran were so good warriors so that Jahangir also demanded these soldiers for help in controlling the Rohillas.Kakrans gave tough resistance to Muslims and Rohillas and kept their empire independent.This clan built a huge and very beautiful fort named as "Sabalgarh Fort".They were also awarded the title of Rai Bahadur.In the Queen Victoria Palace of Kolkata there is a wall which mentions the Sahanpur estate as the best shooter of the world because one of the king of this state killed nearly 1100 tigers in hunting.The current king of Sahanpur estate is Kunwar Bhartendra Singh who had been MLA from Bijnore many times and currently also he is the MLA from Bijnore constituency.He is very prominent figure in the Bijnore district.

While studying history of village Talesar, we get information about the migration of Kakran people. The local tradition in Talesar tells us that It is believed that in the long past Kakran gotra Jats migrated from the foothills (talahati) of Himalayas due to unavoidable circumstances there. some of these groups settled in Rajasthan and some in Muzaffarnagar but a group headed by a woman warrior Lakshami settled here at the site of Talesar. Since group had come from talahati, hence the village was called Talesar and the region was known as Lagsami and now Lagsama, the corrupted form of Lakshami. A fair is organized here on every chaitra krishna saptami. It is a matter of research how and when these Kakran people became Thakurela.[citation needed]

Kakrana Khap[edit]

Kakrana Khap is a big Khap. It has 700 villages in Uttar Pradesh, Jat gotra is Kakrana. The village in this khap are: Meerut district-Masoori (मसूरी), Vana (वाणा), Rafan (राफण) and Pahadpur (पहाड़पुर) : Muzaffarnagar district - Rajpur (राजपुर, Tilaura (तिलौरा), Mirapur (मीरापुर), Dalpat (दलपत), Faeempur (फईमपुर) and Kakrauli (ककरौली).[7]

Distribution in Rajasthan[edit]

Location in Jaipur district[edit]

Malviya Nagar,

Distribution in Uttar Pradesh[edit]

Villages in Meerut district[edit]

doodhli, Massurie (Near Mawana), Paharpur, Raaphan, Vana, Nagori

Villages in Muzaffarnagar district[edit]

kandhla Behar Thuru, Dalpat, Faeempur, Kakrauli, Khatki, Mirapur, Natour, Rajpur Kala, Saray Alam, Tirola,

Villages in Aligarh district[edit]

Talesara, Gonda, Majupur (Near Gonda),

Gahlau, Rajawal, Kaimthal,

Distribution in Uttarakhand[edit]

Villages in Haridwar district[edit]

Bahadarpur Jat,

See also[edit]

Notable persons from this gotra[edit]

  • Kunwar Bhartendu Singh - MP from Bijnor Lok Sabha Constituency and also current King of Sahanpur state.
  • Raja Devendra Singh - Former Agriculture Minister of Uttar Pradesh and father of Kunwar Bhartendra Singh.
  • Raja Amani Singh-King of Lagsama region in Aligarh district and also great freedom fighter fought against Britishers in 1857 revolt.
  • Dr. K. D. Singh (Kakran) - Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai- 400076. Mob: 09099226470.
  • Dr. S. K. Kakran- ECM Member, Govt. Service Medical Officer Acharaya Bodh Bhikshu Govt. Hospital (ABGH), Moti Nagar, New Delhi Flat No.-14, Dr. B.S.A. Hospital, Residential Complex, Sector-6, Rohini, New Delhi- 110085, 9811311720, 9650296853 NCR (PP-24)
  • Dr. Rajpal Singh (Kakran) - Retd Prof and HOD Statitics, Res. Kamal Kunj, 278-A, Durgesh Vihar, J K Road, Bhopal- 462041. Telefax: 0755-2682414, Mob: 09425028689.
  • Pravin K. Choudhary (Kakran), Indian Forest Service, Madhya Pradesh, 1981. Originally from village Tirola
  • Krishna Pratap Singh (Kakran), 20-9-1955, Indian Forest Service, Madhya Pradesh, 1983. Originally village Saray Alam
  • Ompal Singh Kakran, Kakrauli-ककरौली - (Muzaffarnagar)
  • S.P.Kakran, Behar Thuru (Muzaffarnagar)


  1. ^ Sujan Singh Pahalwan, Gyanendra Singh, cma Bobendra Singh, Dharmendra Singh, Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar and Vijendra Singh Narwar (1998). Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats). Agra. p. 279. 
  2. ^ CMA Bobendra Singh, Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar and Vijendra Singh Narwar (1998). Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats). Agra. p. 279. 
  3. ^ Beniwal, Bhaleram (2005). Jāt Yodhaon ke Balidān (The Sacrifices of Jat warriors). Jaypal Agencies, Agra. p. 38. 
  4. ^ Vishnu Puran, Part IV, Chapter 2-3. 
  5. ^ Beniwal, Bhaleram (2005). Jāt Yodhaon ke Balidān (The Sacrifices of Jat warriors). Jaypal Agencies, Agra. pp. 39–40. 
  6. ^ Dr.Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar (1998). आधुनिक जाट इतिहास [Ādhunik Jat Itihasa] (The modern history of Jats) (in Hindi). Agra: Jaypal Agencies. p. 231. 
  7. ^ Dr Ompal Singh Tugania, Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu, p. 14