Raja Dhach

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Raja Dhaj, Ror Kumar or Rai Diyach (Sindhi: راجاراءِ ڏياچ‎), a name by which he is better known among Sindhi Rajputs when they listen to the ballad of Sorath, is an ancient figure made immortal by his abduction of Sorath, a woman of legendary beauty. His deeds are still recounted after hundreds of years in the states of Haryana (the highly popular swaang called Sorath), Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sindh (Sur Sorath, one of the traditional 30 Surs included in Shah Jo Risalo).
This unforgettable romance is based on actual history that has to do with the times of the founder of Rori Shankar[1] in Sindh, who was none other than the protagonist of this story. With the establishment of Rori, Dhaj, Ror Kumar founded the Ror Dynasty, which was to rule Sindh for the next one thousand years, in 450 BC.[2]

Death of Rai Diyach[edit]

Beejal a herdsman once heard a beautiful and fascinating musical sound when he approached near he found that the musical sound was occurring from a dead animal's juice-less dry intestine hanging around on a plant in the Jungle. Beejal took it over and made a Bansiri (a type of musical instrument). A Raja of another area publicly announced that one who fetches neck of 'RAI DIYACH' before him, he will award his throne to that person. Many people came but didn't satisfied the Raja, on hearing this Beejal came to this Raja and spoke that he will fetch the neck of Rai Diyach, then Beejal came and sat outside the palace of Rai Diyach and he continuously performed musical sound of his Bansiri which he had made from the dry intestine of animal. Raja Rai Diach was invoked by that fascinating sound of Beejal's Bansiri, he ordered courtier to bring that singer to his palace and called for Beejal to play the Bansiri. Beejal played Bansiri and Rai diyach was much delighted with Bansiri sound played by Beejal; so he inquired Beejal What did he want, Gold, Money, job and what ever he wanted; Beejal replied and insisted on one thing 'the royal neck of Rai Diyach'. Hence Rai Diyach furnished his neck to Beejal, who cut down Rai Diyach neck. Beejal brought Rai Diyach neck to the Raja who had ordered him, on seeing Beejal from far-ff Raja ordered Beejal to halt at that point and not to come near because Beejal had slaughtered the neck of benevolent and bighearted Rai Diyach.

Historical importance[edit]

Historian Dr. Raj Pal Singh, a Jat by caste himself, has said in his book "Ror itihaas ki jhalak",[3]

Raja Dhaj occupies an extremely important place in the history of Rors. His name is commonly on the tip of every Ror's tongue and he has become the popular subject of many swaang episodes and songs, which are heard with great admiration by people of all castes in North India even today.


Dhaj, Ror Kumar had six sons from Sorath. They were named as Kunak, Takshak, Prasenjit, Kardhman, Raghu and Sharanjit. Kunak succeeded Raja Dhaj as the monarch of Sindh and Hind; Takshak went to Lucknow, Raghu went to the present-day Pune-Satara area, Prasenjit renounced the world and became a Jogi; Kardhman went to Eastern Uttar Pradesh and his descendants are supposed to be the owners of 84 villages in the present-day Gorakhpur and Gonda districts till today.[4]

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  1. ^ Page 14, "Ror Itihaas ki Jhalak" (Hindi) by Dr. Raj Pal Singh, Pal Publications, Yamunanagar (1987)
  2. ^ Pages 102 & 118, Aryavart evam Ror Vansh ka itihaas, by Shri Ramdas, All-round Printers, Karnal (2000)
  3. ^ Page 19, "Ror Itihaas ki Jhalak" (Hindi) by Dr. Raj Pal Singh, Pal Publications, Yamunanagar (1987)
  4. ^ Page 94, Ror Itihaas Ki Jhalak, by Dr. Raj Pal Singh, Pal Publications, Yamunanagar (1987)
  • A part of Bhittai's "Sur Sorath" [1]
  • The full story of Dhaj, Ror Kumar and Sorath, which has been compiled by Shri Ramdas after consulting swaang artistes as well as bards, can be read in the book "Aryavart evam Ror Vansh ka itihaas" on pages 68–98