Sahotra

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Jat Clan: Sahotra
Distribution Punjab (India) and Punjab (Pakistan)
Descended from: Kshatryas
Branches: None
Religion Sikhism and Islam and Christianity
Languages Punjabi and Seraiki
Surnames: Sahotra


Sahota are a clan of Rajput, Jatt, found in Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan.

There are seven pronunciations for this tribe:[1]

  • Sihota[2]
  • Sahotra
  • Sohotra
  • Sahota
  • Sahontra
  • Sauntra
  • Sontra
  • Sutra

History and origin myths[edit]

According to their traditions, their ancestor was a mythical fairy by the name of Punj Phulan Rani, who lived on a flower. She gave birth to a baby boy, and a tiger came and gave the young baby his blessings, saying he would not be defeated by anyone. The young boy became known as Sahotra, and the tiger was adopted as their totem.

They are also known as an Akbari tribe, and in Hoshiarpur were masters of their own principality. Hoshiarpur remains a stronghold of the tribe.

Distribution[edit]

In Pakistan, they are found among both the Punjabi speaking Jats of Central Punjab, as well as the Seraiki speaking tribes of southern Punjab, where they own several villages near the town of Rajanpur.

In India, they are found mainly in Hoshiarpur District, Garhdiwala being the main village of the tribe.

Religion[edit]

The tribes range from Sikhism, Islam and Christianity/Catholic depending upon region within Punjab

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by H. A Rose
  2. ^ History of Sihota surname on http://barapind.com/history.aspx

See also[edit]