Wednesday, July 29, 2015

128 - Punar: a clan of Megh community in Sindh and Western Rajasthan

पुनड या पुन्हार मेघों का एक गोत्र मन जाता है, जो सिंध और पश्चिमी राजस्थान में निवास करते है। ये प्राचीन काल में सिंध की एक वीर जाति रही है। मेघ समूह की ही एक उपजाति थी। मुस्लमान धर्म के प्रभाव से कई लोग मुस्लमान बन गए व कई लोग मेघ ही बने रहे।
इस पर एक कोमेन्ट people of India से दिया जा रहा है-
"THE Ponhars belong to one of the most ancient, and formerly most powerful, of the local Sindee tribes; but the period of their conversion to Mahomedanism is unknown. It is perhaps a strange feature of these conversions, unknown in India, that each tribe or section of the people has preserved its original distinctions. Thus the Ponhars remain distinct from the Narejas, and have maintained a more military character. The local influence of the Ponhars was destroyed by the Kuloras, with whom they were at feud for many years. In the beginning of the eighteenth century, they and their chief, Kaisar, were driven out of Sontanee by Meer Yar Mahomed, who obtained the aid of the Rind Belochees ; and the present principal residence of the tribe is at Mehar and Sehwan in Central Sind. The dress of the Ponhar shown is very similar to that of the Nareja; but he wears his scarf over both shoulders. The features have not the impressive character of the Belochees, but they have more force than those of the Narejas. The Ponhars at present are not a military class, but are persevering and industrious, and perfectly peaceful subjects."

(See,Description at serial no 315)

Reference:
"THE PEOPLE OF INDIA."
A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE RACES AND TRIBES OF HINDUSTSN,
ORIGINALLY PREPARED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,
AND
REPRODUCED BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA
BY COL. MEADOWS TAYLOR, C.S.I., M.R.A.S.,
&c
EDITED BY J. FORBES WATSON, I.A., M.D., 4c., AND SIR JOHN WILLIAM KAYE, K.C.S.I., F.R.S., 4c.
VOLUME SIX,
LONDON : INDIA MUSEUM,
Publication: 1872.
ALLEN AND CO., 13, WATERLOO PLACE, S.W.




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