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Gahlot is a gotra (clan) of India. It traces its ancestry to the Suryavanshi Kshatriyas. The variations of the name include Gehlot, Galoth, Gohil or Guhilot. It is associated with the jaat community, and Gahlot Jaats once ruled in Banswara, Dungarpur, Mewar, Pratapgarh and Shahpura. These areas were all in the region now known as the state of Rajasthan.Gahlot is a Rajvara cast of jaats.Jullandhar and Hoshairpur regions also have considerable Gahlot population with some of the Rajvara branch having migrated to Pakistan in 1947.[1] In Gujarat, they are generally referred to as Gohil and have once ruled the princely states of Bhavnagar, Sihor, Palitana, Lathi and Vala.In modern times prominent personalities of this clan from both sides of the border of India and Pakistan include Ashok Gehlot congress MLA and politician and Major Tufail Mohammed Shaheed recipient of the Nishan E Haider the highest of the Military awards in Pakistan. [2]


The Atpur Inscription of 977 AD lists 20 kings starting with Guhadatta and ending with Saktikumara. Major cities included Nagahrada and Aghata. Chittor was captured by Bappa Rawal in the 8th century. The Guhilas fought the Paramaras in the 11th century and the Chalukyas in the 12th century. During the reign of Jaitrasimha (1213-1252 AD), Nagahrada was sacked by Iltutmish. Then Samarasimha (1273-1301 AD) submitted to Ulugh Khan before Ratnasimha submitted to Alauddin Khalji in 1303 when Chittorgarh Fort was captured. [3]

First Jauhar of Chittor[edit]

Ala ud din Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, sent a marauding army across India in the 14th century CE; this army, commanded by Malik Kafur, defeated the Guhilot rulers of Mewar in 1303. The impending fall of Chittorgarh, the main bastion of the Guhilots, occasioned the famous Jauhar of 1303 AD.,[4][page needed] when the womenfolk, led by Rani Padmini,[5][full citation needed] collectively committed suicide rather than risk personal dishonor at the hands of the victorious invading army.

The Gehlots settled in Ahar,[6][page needed] where they were known as Aharya.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lodha, Sanjay (2012). "Subregions, Identity, and Nature of Political Competition in Rajasthan". In Kumar, Ashutosh. Rethinking State Politics in India: Regions Within Regions. Routledge. p. 400. ISBN 9781136704000. 
  2. ^ Virbhadra Singhji (1 January 1994). The Rajputs of Saurashtra. Popular Prakashan. pp. 168–. ISBN 978-81-7154-546-9. 
  3. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. p. 29-30. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4. 
  4. ^ Karkra, B. K. (2009). Rani Padmini The Heroine Of Chittor. Rupa & Company. ISBN 9788129115270. 
  5. ^ Aanald Webb, Rani Padmini Of Chittore : A Historical Romance
  6. ^ Rajasthan Government, Rajasthan district Gazetteers: Dungarpur (1962)