Sialkot- The Ancient Capital Of Hunas
According to Punjabi folk-lore, the early history of
Sialkot is closely interwoven with the traditions of King Sháliváhan and his son Risálu. Shalivahan is some time credited for strating the saka Era in 78 A D. and that’s why Saka Era is also called as Shalivahan Saka Era. It is a well known historical fact that King shalivahan and Rasalu belonged to Bhati clan. Present days Bhati is celebrated clan among Gujjaras, Jats and Rajputs. During the thirteenth century in the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan Bhati Gujjaras had a fiefdom 0f 360 villages, administered from kasnaa, in southwest of Delhi. Later in eighteenth Century Rao Ajit Singh Bhati also got mukkaradari of 138 villages from Mughals in the same area which was administered from Dadri.
Sialkot city and ruled over the area between the rivers Raviand Chenab. Shalivahan supposedly, used more than 10,000 laborers and masons for the repair and extension of the Fort with stone slabs and rocks which were brought to the location from Pathankot.
The Huna ruler Tormana established his rule over north western Hindustan, and was succeeded by his son Mihirkula (502-542 A D) in early sixth century whose capital was Sakala or modern day Sialkot in the Pakistani Punjab According to Hieung Tsang’s Si –Yu - Ki written in seventh century Mihirkul Huna ruled over the whole Hindustan from Sakala or Siyalkot and received tributes from Gupta kings of Magadha. According to Kalhana’s Rajtarangini written in thirteenth century, Mihikula Huna even attacked and defeated the Sri Lankan king. Mihirkula built many forts including that of
Gwalior and Chittor.
Mehrauli, one of the seven ancient cities that make up the present state of
Delhi, was earlier known as Mihirawali means abode of Mihiras or row of houses of Mihiras. It was probably founded by Huna Emperor Mihirkula as Mihira is another name of Huna tribe. Mehrauli area is still inhabited by four villages of Bidhuri clan of Gujjaras which do not intermarry with the Huna clan as they consider themselves as one and the same. Mehrauli area also have twelve villages of Tomara/ Tanwar Gujjaras which also have Huna origin as per the testimony of pehowa inscription and are considered to be the descendent Of Javula Tormana , the celebrated Huna Chief and father of Emperor Mihirkula. The family Bhats of khari clan of Gujjaras also claims that this clan have migrated to Delhi from Sialkot.Tomara/Tanwar Chief Anangpal I Constructed the Lalkot fort at Mehrauli and later Anangpal II Shifted his Capital from kannauj to Lalkot.
Mihira is not just another name of Hunas and their emperor, it was also the name of most famous Gujjar emperor Bhoja/Mihir Bhoj (836-885 A D) of Kannauj. Mihira is still a title of honour amongst Ajmer Gujjaras. According to E. Rtveladze, Hunas own name was Alkhon. Humbach (1996, 210) proposes that the reading of this name should be “Alkhan”. which is the same as the name of Alkhan Gujar (900 A D), the King of Punjab Gurjat which find mention in Kalhan' Rajtarangini.
Many renowned historian like A M T Jackson, Buhler, Hornle, V A Smith, William crook Consider the Gujjar to be of Huna stock. . Huna is a important Clan of Gujjaras. Mansukh Gujjar the friend of Puranic raja Nal was Huna Gujjar. There are atleast twelve villages of Huna Gujjaras in
Meerut. Former parliamentarian from Meerut Chaudhary Harishpal is a Huna Gujjara. There are four near laksar, Haridwar, Uttrakhand and around seven villages in Alwar District of Rajasthan. Huna Gujjaras are most numerous in Bundi and Huna Gujjara Villages Kota areas of Rajasthan Which was once known as Huna Pradesh. Bidhuri clan of Gujjaras, which have sizeable number in Delhi and Rajasthan and Marid clans do not intermarry with Huna clan because they consider themselves one and the same. Many other Gujjar Clans –Tomara (descendents of Javula Tormana Huna), Paramara/Panwar, Lohmor, Solanki are of Huna origin.
Siyalkot area remained a Gujjar stronghold even in sixteenth century as in ,'Babur nama, Babur records: ‘If one goes into Hindustan, the Jats and Gujars always pour down in countless hordes from hill and plain for loot in bullock and buffalo. These ill-omened peoples are senseless oppressors! Previously, their deeds did not concern us because the territory was an enemy's. But they did the same sensless deeds after we had captured it. When we reached
Sialkot, they swooped on the folk who were coming out of the town to our camp, and stripped them bare. I had the witless brigands apprehended, and ordered a few of them to be cut to pieces’.
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