- Members of the Mohyal community were mainly Brahmins who left their priestly office to serve as warriors
- In undivided Punjab they were known as Jatt-Brahmans
- Members of the Mohyal community, even though they are supposed to be Brahmans, never took the ritualism of Brahmanism
Mohyal community, the noble body of people; those descended from Dronacharya, the Pandava’s initiator in the art of warfare, are our highlight for today. Each tribe feels proud of its lineage, but the Mohyal clan has something more to be proud of – these groups of militant people were mostly Brahmins. Yes, you heard right! They left their priestly functions to serve as warriors. If that fact doesn’t spark your curiosity in your mind, then don’t worry, we have more in store!
Members of the Mohyal community, even though they are supposed to be Brahmans, never adopted the ritualism of Brahmanism. In the undivided Punjab, they were known as Jatt-Brahmans or meat eaters. To fuel your aroused interest, here are 5 community facts that will enrich your knowledge about one of India’s endogamous ethnic groups that produced famous soldiers.
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I. The 7 castes of the Mohyals:
The Mujhaal Brahmins of Punjab were divided into 7 sub-castes. Here is the list of the sub-castes into which the Mohyals were divided with their gotras:
- Bali- Parashar: The title of Raizada was used by Balis and sometimes by Vaids.
- Mohan-Kashyap: They were known for their songs, dances and boat races at their festivals which resembled the Mohenjo-Daro festival.
- Vaid-Dhanvantri: Interestingly, Alexander the Great, when he attempted to invade India in 326 BC, was challenged by a Vaid, whose name was King Porus.
- Bhimwal – Kaushal: The Bhimwals make up only 3.5 percent of the total population of Mohyal. Bam Dev is believed to be the true ancestor of the Bhimwal sect. Although this is not a proven fact and there are groups of people who still claim that the holy patriarch of this clan was Rishi Kausalya, hence the name of their gotra, Kaushal.
- Lau Vasishtha: They are part of the seven lineages and are known for their marital tradition.
- Datt-Bharadwaja: The Datts are the descendants of Rishi Bharadwaj and this is where they get their gotra name.
- Chhibber-Bhargav: While the Bhimwals were the fewest, Chibbers stole the show. Their gotra name is derived from their heavenly ancestor Rishi Bhrigu.
II. Courtesy titles:
Few titles have been awarded to some Mohyals because of their bravery and loyalty. Some of these titles are used as surnames even today. Examples: ‘Bakshi’, ‘Chaudhri’, ‘Dewan’, ‘Mehta’ and ‘Raizada’. Like some of these titles are used by both mohyal and non-mohyal communities, communities usually mention their last name along with the caste name to denote their mohyal identity.
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After independence from India, Mohyals fought with China and Pakistan. Mohyals had a large army and also won most of the bravery awards.
The main area of a Mohyals habitat was northern India. The 7 castes lived close to each other, either in parts of Western Punjab or Jammu and Kashmir, where families shared their house balconies and pieces of land.
A person belonging to the Mohyal community celebrates the birth of his son with a big party and generally the marriage takes place within the 7 sub-clans.
– by Karishma Vanjani from NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots
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