Khangura

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The Khangura is a gotra of Jatts from the Punjab region in India.

The name Khangura comes from Persian, meaning "Khan the follower of the guru". One of the powerful Khan rulers of erstwhile Punjab was deeply influenced by the teachings of the Sikh gurus. His descendants carry the Khangura name and completely converted to Sikhism during the time of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh prophet (Guru) (1621–1675) and Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh prophet (guru) (1666–1708). The Khangura clan is almost all adherents of Sikhism now.

Historically Khangura Jatts held in Nanu mazara also known as Nano Mazara Sardar Hukam Singh Khangura Son of Sardar Natha Singh Khangura is the first sarpanch of village Nanu Mazara, Ladha Ganja and parts of Samrari and Mahl in Tehsil Phillaur. There is also a village Toderwal near Nabha distt Patiala which is the Village of all Khanguras.[1]

The Jathera of the Khangura Jatt Clan is village Samrari in Jalandhar District Punjab and village Malakpur[2] in Ludhiana District. Jathera is the place of grave mound of the common ancestor and still worshipped even today by Jats.[3] These sites are also called Wadae Wadhere.

They have traditionally, like many Jatts, been farmers. Recently many Khanguras have emigrated to Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and there are a few in New Zealand, Italy and Australia.

There also is a village named Khangura, in Punjab. Previously called Phagorey (www.khangura.org.in). There is a Gurdwara named Gurdwara Baba Khabe Aana Sahib in the village. Moreover, there is a cement pipe factory in the village which distribute cement pipes for underground irrigation in all over the Punjab. There is one govt school, playground, three Gurdwaras (two inside and other one outside the village). The village is situated very near to Phagwara bypass and National highway 1 (GT Road). The village is approximately 5 km away from Phagwara to Jalandhar side. S. Rakhbir Singh is Sarpanch of the village at the moment.

Distribution[edit]

They are mostly found in the Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Kapurthala districts of Punjab, and have around 15-25 villages. They are also found In Patiala, Moga, Sangrur Districts in the Malwa Region of Punjab. In western Punjab Pakistan) they are found in Sialkot, Narowal, sheikhupura and Gujranwala District.

There is also a village named Mian Khangura in district Narowal in Punjab, Pakistan.

There are 9 villages near adampur. Pandori khangurain, ram nagar dhaha, badowal, mandialan, todo majara, begampur jandiala, talwandi arayian, jandi of jats mostly this surname. The village named Akoi sahib 4 km from Sangrur on Ludhiana Rd. has a population mostly of Khanguras only. Village has the historic gurudwara visited by three gurus "first, sixth and ninth gurus" therefore has been named as Akoi sahib. Other villages in sangrur distinct from with a sizable Khangura population are Batriana, Akbarpur, Bijalpur. In Ludhiana Distt, the village Malakpur also has a few well established Khangura families. There are few influential Khangura families residing in the Latala and Ghangas village of Ludhiana as well. Other villages with sizable Khangura population are Bhadla (near Khanna), Aitiana and Sunet.

Famous Khangura[edit]

Sardar Agar Singh Khangura was a famous Sikh warrior during Sikh misl period from 1716 to 1799. He was a friend of the Sikh Emperor Sardar Chhajja Singh Dhillon (1716–1746) of Bhangi Sikh misl (1716–1810).

Most recently two brothers who appeared on a channel 4 documentary "Hunted" produced by Shine TV (UK); Harinder Singh & Davinder Singh Khangura.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Origins and History of Jats and Other Allied Nomadic Tribes of India: 900 BC-1947 AD. B.S. Nijjar
  2. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/Malakpur,+Punjab/@30.73594,76.2662101,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x39100f8b76dee607:0x9d0f5fe5beb223c2
  3. ^ Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Harsha Vardhana : Linkage and Identity