The Bharat are a clan of Rajputs, found in Pind Dadan Khan (tehsil) of Jhelum District of Punjab, Pakistan. Bharatha also Bharatakula are a Sri Lankan caste of Paravar immigrants from Tamil Nadu in India.
Although now a small clan, the tribe claims descent from the Bhāratas, an ancient Hindu tribe mentioned in the Hindu epic, the Rigveda. If this claim is true, it would make this small clan of Muslim Rajputs the last remnant of this ancient race. The Bharat claim to be a Suryavansha clan, and are said to have converted to Islam in the 16th Century, at the hands of Jalap a famous Pir (Muslim holyman), who is buried in Ramdiani in the Sargodha District. They now occupy a number of villages along the bank of the Jhelum River in the Pind Dadan Khan tehsil.
Bharata's are to be found all over Sri Lanka. Amongst Sri Lankan Tamils Bharata's are still a trading community. The Bharatas or Bharatakula identity is maintained by a relatively prosperous merchant group from India that settled amongst the Sinhalese in the Negombo area.
- A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by H. A Rose
- imitri Mascarenhas and the Negombo connection The Nation - August 19, 2007