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Bachhas(बछस) Bachchhas (बच्छस) Bachhra (बछड़ा) [1] is gotra of Jats. The Bards of Chauhans and Jat Gotras associated with Chauhan Federation write their Gotras as Bachhas (बछस). Greek God Dionysus is also known as Bacchus.



Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology. It is belief that the deity, after subduing the Indians, traversed the greater part of Asia[2]. Arrian[3] writes that in the country, lying between the rivers Cophen (Kabul)) and Indus, which was traversed by Alexander, the city of Nysa is said to be situated. The report is, that its foundation was the work of Dionysus who built it after he had subjugated the Indians. The ancient Greeks believe Śiva as Indian Dionysus and the god from the orient. "[4]

Alexander Cunningham[5] writes ....It is strange that there is no mention of Kabul in the histories of Alexander, as he must certainly have passed through the town on his way from Arachosia to the site of Alexandria. I think, however, that it is most probably the town of Nikaia, which was Alexander's first march from his new city on his return from Bactria. Nikaia is described by Nonnus as a stone city, situated near a lake. It was also called Astakia, after a nymph whom Bacchus had abused.[6] The lake is a remarkable feature, which is peculiar in Northern India to Kabul and Kashmir. The city is also said to have been called Indophon, or "Indian-killer," on account of the victory which Bacchus had gained over the Indians on this spot. From this name I infer, that Nonnus had most probably heard of the popular meaning which is attributed to the name of Hindu-kush, or "Hindu-killer," and that he adopted it at once as corroborative of the Indian conquests of Dionysius.

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  1. Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. ब-7
  2. Arrian:The Anabasis of Alexander/6b, Ch.28
  3. The Anabasis of Alexander/5a, Ch.1
  4. JSTOR: History of Religions, Vol. 20, No. 1/2, (Aug. - Nov., 1980), pp. 81-111.
  5. The Ancient Geography of India/Kabul,p. 36
  6. 'Dionysiaca,' xvi. The meaning of which appears to be, that " Bacchus built a stone city, named Nkaia, near a lake, which he also called Astakia, after the nymph, and Indophon, in remembrance of his victory."

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