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Kaniya (काणिया) Kani (काणी)/Kana (काणा)[1]Kanniya (कांणिया)[2] Gotra Jats live in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Kana/Kani clan is found in Afghanistan.[3]


They may have originated from Kanirajanu Tissa (30-33 AD), who was Buddhist King of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in the 1st century.


We find mention on Sanchi Inscriptions:

No. 85. — Sethino-mātu Kaniya dānam.
"Gift of Kaniya, the mother of the Sreshti." [4]

In Mahavansa

Mahavansa/Chapter 35 tells ....After Maha Dathika 's death Amanda Gamani, his son, reigned nine years and eight months. ....Amanda Gamani's younger brother, the prince Kanirajanu Tissa, reigned three years in the city, when he had slain his brother. He decided the lawsuit concerning the uposatha-house in the (vihara) named after the cetiya, but sixty bhikkhus who were involved in the crime of high treason did the king order to be taken captive, with all that was theirs, upon the Cetiyapabbata, and he commanded these evildoers to be flung into the caves called Kanira.

Distribution in Gujarat

Villages in Banas Kantha district

Sherpura, Yavarpura Deesa,

Distribution in Madhya Pradesh

Villages in Ujjain district

Urdupura (a locality of Ujjain city)[5]

Distribution in Rajasthan

Villages in Ajmer district

Kaniya clan people live in villages: Ghaslo Ki Dhani (1), Sursura (10),

Notable persons

External links


  1. डॉ पेमाराम:राजस्थान के जाटों का इतिहास, 2010, पृ.297,298
  2. डॉ पेमाराम:राजस्थान के जाटों का इतिहास, 2010, पृ.298
  3. An Inquiry Into the Ethnography of Afghanistan By H. W. Bellew, The Oriental University Institute, Woking, 1891, p.78,108,113,161
  4. The Bhilsa topes: Inscriptions, Page 248
  5. User:Sk56

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