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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, Guhila, Gohil or Guhilot. It is associated with the Rajput community, and Gahlot Rajputs once ruled in Banswara, Dungarpur, Mewar, Pratapgarh and Shahpura. These areas were all in the region now known as the state of Rajasthan.[1]

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.,[2][page needed] when the womenfolk, led by Rani Padmini,[3][full citation needed] collectively committed suicide rather than risk personal dishonor at the hands of the victorious invading army.

The Gehlots settled in Ahar,[4][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. ^ Karkra, B. K. (2009). Rani Padmini The Heroine Of Chittor. Rupa & Company. ISBN 9788129115270. 
  3. ^ Aanald Webb, Rani Padmini Of Chittore : A Historical Romance
  4. ^ Rajasthan Government, Rajasthan district Gazetteers: Dungarpur (1962)