History of Lohanas
Shri Ram Bhagvan and Sita mata are our isht dev. We were referred as Raghuvanshi Kshatriya. We originally belong to Ayodhya. Our ancestors in their times, resided on the banks of the river Ganga, Yamuna and Sarayu. From thereon they acquired land parcels till the river banks for habitation. During peace, we use to be involved in farming and cattle raising, during war we use to defend our country. When foreigners invaded India, Raghuvanshi Kshatriya shifted to Punjab to protect our nation.
Across the northwest of Hind in the mountain pradesh after crossing Khyber pass is Shahbad zila. During the british rule, this was the border of the British ruling; thereafter starts Afghanistan.
The same Shahbad area used to be called as lahore, where we had the famous lohargarh fort. Lohar Kshatriya used to be the rulers there. Lohar Kshatriya are also recongnized as Loha Khatra in the local language. They are also called as Raghuvanshi or Ramda Potra. Today also, kshatriya residing in that area are called by the same name.
Standing as security guard at the gate of India were generations of the ayodhya residing raghuvanshis. While protecting India from attacks of Hoon jati, Raghuvanshis residing in Punjab extended till Afghanistan. Then in these mountains they made small and bigger forts to protect the country and became it’s guards.
When in the 11th century Mangolian Shah Temujin also known as Genghis Khan attacked India, Veerdada Jasraj was the king of Lohargarh. Along with his army he fought the world conqueror Genghis Khan and he fought a dangerous war in the fort of Multan, where Genghis Khan died; famouos historian of Ghazni, Shiv Prasad Sharma wrote in a local story “Tagda mangoliada maut multanda quilla wich Raja Jasraj Mirane kitta” (Mangolian king’s death happened at Multan fort, by the hands of Raja Jasraj). In the Multan fort, Shah Temujin also known as Genghis Khan’s tomb is there, it’s written on it in Chinese, ‘Baba Genghis Khan death by the hands of Raja Jasraj happened here’
After Veerdada Jasraj’s death, the unity broke in the lohar kshatriya. For the power, there were lot of fragmentation which happened within the community. Lohar kshatriya became weak, ue to whcih they lost lohargarh. For long time, lohar kshatriya fought guerrilla wars – for which a saying came into being ‘loharaneji lajj rahi vau un pahadionse’
Due to the mountains, lohar kshatriya saved their respect; which also became a famous gujrati saying ‘lohanani laaj raakhi dhan mata dungri’. They could save their stuff owing to mountains.
Then gradually from the border, lohar kshatriya shifted to Sindh. Sindh’s Narayan Fort’s Raja Dahir was a raghuvanshi. Muscat’s Amrubin Jamal and his 15 companions revolted against Muscat’s ruler Mir Kasam and came to Raja Dahir for protection. Raja Dahir fought with Mir Kasam for protecting his refugee. The battle was fierce, in which the refugee Amrubin Jamal died, Raja Dahir’s 7 sons died and he himself died while fighting. Raja Dahir’s capital known at that time as Narayan Fort is today’s Sindh’s Hyderabad.
After a long time, due to differences between two brothers Dhodho and Anesar, Sindh was attacked by Badsha Saluddin. Shah killed everyone. That time lot of Lohar kshatriya bidded bye to Sindh. After that due to Mir Klodiana’s religious high handedness; lot of Lohar kshatriya shifted to Kathiawad and took to farming and trading.
Raghuvanshi kshatriya dedicated their life to nation’s safety and hugged death, due to which their name is immortal in the history. The raghuvanshi who stood guard at India’s border & protected the nation for centuries, fell victims of disunity within themselves.
To stabilize their kingdom and religion, without any mode of transportation which we cannot imagine as in today’s scientific world of Railway Aeroplane and Motors, they shifted with their cattle, stuff and family and kabila from one end of Peshawar to Sindh, from Sindh to Kutch – Lohrana became Lohanas.
Leaving Sindh, they came to Kutch and made it their own country. Left war/ fighting and started trade, still took to their arms whenever needed during the Mir’s attacks. When Mir attacked Anjar unexpectedly, Lohanas defended and saved Anjar bravely. Similarly lohanas joined hands with Yaduvanshi Jadejas in fight against the devil Malik Kafur, Army Chief of Alauddin Khilji. Lot of lohanas became martyrs in that battle for their country’s defence. From this, there is a famous saying in Kutch, ‘Hakdi Lohani, Bai Miyani, Bakini ma to fogat vyapi’ – One lohani and second miani – only two mothers have given birth to their sons, rest have only lifted weight for 9 months.
When Rao of Kutch were accepting Muslim religion, that time Lohana Dewan Shri Devkaran Sheth unified all jaagidars and arrested Maharao and prevented Kutch from becoming a Muslim state. The second dewan after that, Shri Mehgji Sheth remained as Dewan for years. To fight the wrong doings in the state, he identified people with wrong intentions and held them to bring the situation under control. In such conspiracy Meghji Sheth was killed outside his fort with betrayal. His photo is still present there and is worshipped till date.
Whenever there was need of money for Kings or there was revolt, bigger mahajan of anjar always remained loyal and helped the state. Similarly now Lohanas from sindh via pakistan whose isht dev is Bhagvan Ramchandra, they reached back to India in bad state; consists of three castes, one is lohana, second is khatri and another is kathai. Due to the majority of the Muslims in the state, the ideology did not match, otherwise the origin is from single vansh only.
From Kutch when Ram was on his way to kill Raavan, he had Lohanas in his army. When Bhuchar Mori was attacked by Shah Salim of Delhi, brave Lohanas helped Mori and laid their lives for saving their country. Their generations were given land in halar baradi area and they habited there.
Approximately 950 years ago Lohanas came from Afghanistan to Sindh. From there about 450 years ago moved from Sindh up north to Kutch and approximately 300 years back moved to Kathiawad and habited there.