Mahi

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Not to be confused with the Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
For other uses, see Mahi (disambiguation).
Mahi
Jat Clan
Location Punjab (Pakistan) and Punjab (India) (Malwa)
Descended from Jat
Language Punjabi
Religion Sikh
Surnames Mahi

Mahi is a Jat gotra or clan found in the Northern Indian state of Punjab.

Origin[edit]

The place of origin of the Mahi is supposed to have been Amritsar, Punjab, India and Multan, Pakistan.

History[edit]

Tej Ram Sharma mentions about a personified deity named Mahi (मही), which means 'earth', in Gupta inscriptions.

In the 8th generation of the Mirhas there lived a king called Mahit. His descendants were called Mahi, Mahe. In about the first century AD, Darunpur, some where near Sujangarh, was the capital of Mahe Kings. According to the census of 1911 their number was about 7000. The Mahe dynasty has been mentioned in the Mahabharata. In the "Prithviraj Basa" and in the Alha Udal stories there are references to the Mahal Kings. The Mahiwal Jats are found in large number in the Western Punjab, but they are spread all over Northern India.

Distribution in Punjab[edit]

In Firozpur district the Mahi population is 1,740. The Mehria gotra is found in Rajasthan.

Distribution in Pakistan[edit]

According to 1911 census the Mahi were the principal Muslim Jat clan in : Multan District - Mahi (498)

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