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Minhas (मिनहास)[1]Minhas [2] (मिन्हास)[3] is Jat Gotra found in Punjab, India and in Pakistan. In the Western Punjab Virks are supposed to belong to Mahe dynasty, and Minhas are considered to be brethren of the Virks.

H.A. Rose[4] writes that Jamwal (जमवाल), a Hindu Rajput clan found in Montgomery : and also in Sialkot where two accounts of their origin are current. According to their mirasis they are of Solar Race descent, and their ancestor Agnigar migrated from Ajudhia to the Rechna Doab. His son Jammu defeated one Raja Chanda Rihas and founded the town of Jammu, whence their name, Jamwal. One of the chiefs, however, by name Milhan Minhas, took to agriculture and founded the Manhas tribe. The other account is that Bhara Datt, migrating from Ajudhia to Kashmir, returned and settled at the place where Mankot now stands. His descendant Jammu founded an independent state of that name, and fourth in descent from him reigned Jograj circa 474 Sambat. From him descended the Deo dynasty of Sialkot, whose pedigree is thus given : —

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+ − The pedigree of Deo dynasty of Sialkot Raja Ram Deo, 11th in descent from Jograj. → Sajji Deo. → Narsingh Deo. → Jodh Deo. → Jhagar Deo. → The Minhas.

''In Hoshiarpur the Minhas(Rajput/Jatt) rank as a sept of the 1st grade. Distribution in Pakistan + − According to 1911 census, the Manhas-Muslim Jat clan was population 457 in Jhelum District district in Pakistan.[5] Notable persons + −

Minhas as Jatt Gotra + −

+ − Virk, Malnhans, Kangeyal, Pakhral, Rehsi, Lodhra, Mahe, Mair, & Katwar are also sub-branches of the Minhas. Before 1932, in all census, most Virks mention themselves as Virk Minhas. They claim origin from Malnhans. The headquarter of the Virks appears to be Gujranwala and Lahore districts, especially, the former in which they own 132 villages. They claim origin from a Minhas Rajput called Virk, who left Jammu and setteld at Ghuchli in Amritsar, and in Gujranwala. Nearly a third of them have returned themselves as Rajputs, but they marry freely with the neighboring Jat tribes. They say that their ancestor, Virk, had descended from Malnhans, the founder of the Manhas or Minhas tribe of Rajputs and was connected with the Rajas of Jammu. Leaving Paragowal in Jammu, he settled in Amritsar and married a Gill Jat girl. His descedent, shortly afterwards, moved westward into Gujranwala. There are three main sections of the tribe, the Jopur, Vachra, and Jan. The tribes rose to some political importance about the end of the last century, ruling a considerable tract in Gujranwala and Lahore, till subdued by Ranjit Singh.

One branch of Minhas Rajputs is known as Pakhral, mostly settled in the suburbs of Rawalpindi and different parts of Kashmir.

Minhas Jats also reside in the villages of Mair, Chotala, Nagayal and suburbs of Jhelum. There are many other villages of Minhas Jats in the Pothohar region. They are proud to be known as Jats. Pakhrals are also setteled in Suiyan Sharif Sehnsa Kotli (Azad) Kashmir. Mair Minhas, Ratiyal, Lodhra, Dolchial, etc. are also sub-castes of Pakhral. + −

Minhas as Rajput + −

+ − Minhas or Manhas or Minhas-Dogra (Punjabi: मिन्हास (Devanagari), ਮਿਨਹਾਸ (Gurmukhi), مِنہاس (Shahmukhi)) is a Suryavanshi Rajput/Jatt clan from the Punjab region and Jammu & Kashmir in India and Pakistan. It is an off-shoot of Jamwal-Dogra Rajputs, the founders of the city and state of Jammu and its rulers from ancient times to 1948 C.E. In antiquity of rule, which is generally considered a benchmark of royalty, they are second to none, but the great Katoch Rajputs of Trigarta and Kangra. Paying tribute to the antiquity of their royal lineage, Sir Lepel Griffin says, “These royal dynasties may have been already ancient when Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and the Greeks were steering their swift ships to Troy.” Minhas Rajputs are spread throughout Punjab Region and Jammu & Kashmir in India and Pakistan. Hindu Minhas Rajputs reside in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Indian Punjab, Sikh Minhas Rajputs, mainly inhabit Punjab (India) and Muslim Minhas Rajputs reside in Pakistani Punjab and Pakistan controlled Kashmir. + − + − References + − + − ↑ Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. म-66 ↑ O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu,p.56,s.n. 2066 ↑ B S Dahiya:Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), p.241, s.n.145 ↑ A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/H,p.352 ↑ Census Of India 1911, Volume XIV Punjab Part 2, by Pandit Narikishan Kaul + − References = + − http://www.jatland.com/home/Minhas