Dhindsa

Dhindsa

The Dhindsa / Dhinda / Dhinsa are found in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

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History and origin

According to the traditions of the tribe, their original home was Ambala, but they spread as far west as Sialkot, and as far south as Patiala. They are now found all over Haryana and some in Punjab state of India.

They were historically connected with Jathera (ancestor) worship, and Sidh was Baba Harnan Das, a Bairagi fakir.[1] They are now mostly Hindu and some Sikh, although many of Sialkot, Gurdaspur and Ambala Dhindsa converted to Islam. After the partition of India, the Sikh branch moved to India, and Muslim branch moved to Pakistan and the Hindu continue to be in Haryana

Distribution

They are found throughout the northern and central districts of Haryana Pakistan, Gujrat, Sialkot is a stronghold of the tribe. Many have also settled in the canal colony districts of Faisalabad and Sahiwal. In India, they are found mainly in Nawanshahr ([[Ram Rai Pur),Garhi Kanugoan(Nawanshahar) Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts.also in meerut,moradabad & j.p.nagar of uttar pradesh. They also emigrated to the US, Canada and parts of the UK, i.e. Coventry, Derby (in Pear Tree near Mango) and Kent.

Religion

Dhindsa Jats follow Sikh, Hindu and Muslim religions depending upon where they hail from.

References

  1. ^ A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by H. A Rose

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