Lakhi Jungle

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Lakhi Jungle (लाखी जंगल) was a forested area in Punjab.

Jat Gotras


It is believed that in the 3rd century, Rao Bhatti established the towns of Bathinda and Bhatner in Lakhi Jungle. Rao Bhatti did his best to habilitate people from outside in this region. Later on there arose several conflicts between Bhattis, Brars and Rajputs for domination and ultimately the Brars succeeded in capturing the area of present Bhatinda District.[3]

Raja Bhatti had two sons, Mangal Rao and Masur Rao.

Mangal Rao succeeded, but his fortune was not equal to that of his fathers. Dhoondi, king of Ghazni, with a mighty force, invaded Lahore; nor did Mangul Rao oppose him, but with his eldest son fled into the wilds on the hanks of the river. The foe then invested Salivahanpur, where resided the family of the Raja.[4]

Masur Rao escaped and fled to the Lakhi Jungle. There being only a cultivating peasantry in this tract, he overcame them, and became master of the country. [5]

Masur Rao had two sons, Abhe Rao and Saran Rao. The elder, Abhe Rao, brought the whole Lakhi Jungle under his control, and his issue, which multiplied, became famous as the Abhoria Bhattis. [6]

Saran Rao quarreled with and separated from his brother, and his issue descended to the rank of cultivators, and are well known as the Saran Jats. [7]

Mangal Rao, the son of Bhatti, and who abandoned his kingdom, had six sons : Majam Rao, Kullarsi, Moondraj, Seoraj, Phool, Kewala.[8]

Thus the offspring of Kullar-rai became the Kularia Jats. [9]

Those of Moondraj and Seoraj, the Moonda and Seora Jats.[10]

The younger boys, Phool and Kewala, who were passed off as a barber (nai), and a potter (kumhar), fell into that class.[11]

Fateh Khan

During the period of confusion intervening between the death of Babur and the accession of Sher Shah to the throne of Delhi, one bold Chief Fath Khan Jat of Kot Kobulah devastated the whole tract of Lakhi Jungle, and kept in ferment the high roads from Lahor to Panipat. Haibat Khan Nlazi; governor of the Punjab on behalf of Sher Shah, crushed him after a severe campaign.[12]

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