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This is a brief history and background of Bhangoos as it pertains to my family and ancestry (not all necessarily all Bhangoos).

Bhangoos are Jatt-Sikhs from Punjab, in India. My family's earliest known ancestor, Salamat Rai is believed to have lived in village Khiala or Marh Bhangoo around 1775. His son Raj Kanwar moved to village Bhatti Bhango (District Gugranwala, Punjab) around 1795. Most of my ancestors after that, including my grant parents and upto my father were born in village Bhatti Bhangoo (now in Pakistan). During the partition (1947) my father and my grant parents migrated to India. They were allotted land in village Panori near Gharaunda (District Karnal) in the state of Haryana in India, in lieu of the land they had back in Bhatti Bhangoo. For a few years my grand parents pursued our traditional trade, farming before deciding to move to New Delhi in the early 1900s. All of my fathers family (his 2 brothers and 1 sister) lived in New Delhi after that.

About village Bhatti Bhango (map [1] [2] [3])

Bhatti Bhango is a village near Gujranwala (now in Pakistan). Bhatti Bhango was part of the original Punjab as it existed before the British divided India into 2 parts in 1947 (Pakistan and India). It is believed that one of my ancestors who was a warrior in Maharaja Ranjit Singh's army, after winning a battle was rewarded the village by the Maharaja. As the story goes, he was to be given all the land that he could circle in a day on horse back. When he ended his ride, he told his servant who held his horse, that he was so happy that he would grant him a wish, the servant asked that his name be included in the name of the village that was about to be born. The servant's name was Bhatti and thus the village Bhatti-Bhango was born.

Another place in Pakistan called Bhangu (Don't really know any connection or history of it).

Bhangu (Bhangoo) (pronounced P'ngoo) is a Jat gotra or clan mainly found in India and Pakistan within the province of Punjab.

More info at wikipedia.org (click to follow link)        Mehtab Bhangu - the Masa Ranger Slayer

 
Please note: The writings below are submissions by other Bhangoos that I have added to "our" site, in most cases, without any edits or comments. While I own and maintain this site, I would very much like it to be a free platform for any and all pertinent writings. Please feel free to send me your comments and/or critics of the writings and I can add them in.
As Socrates put it - 'ouk imae idenai, ah mae oido
!' Translated: The more I know the more I know I do'nt know!
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About Earlier Bhangoos

(Taken from Mr. Ali Arslan Bhangoo's submission dated 26th March, 2002- see complete submission)

Raja Tanaj (a Rajpoot from the nation of Salhutara) lived in Shoor Kot. One day he was very upset and he went to Hazrat Shahbaz Clander. Hazrat Shahbaz Clander asked Raja Tanaj why you are so upset? Raja Tanaj replied I am upset because I do not have any children. So Hazrat Shahbaz Clander prayed for Raja Tanaj. After some months God gave him a child. After that Raja Tanaj went to Hazrat Shahbaz Clander with his baby. Raja Tanaj left his baby with Hazrat Shahbaz Clanders followers. Raja Tanaj told Hazrat Shahbaz Clander that god has blessed me with a child. Hazrat Shahbaz Clander asked Raja Tanaj if the baby that was crying was his? He replied yes. Hazrat Shahbaz Clander told his followers to put some drops of BHANG in his mouth. His followers did that. After that the baby stopped weeping. From then on he was called BHANGOO. After a year God gave him another child. His name was Pannon, his generation was called Pannon. From Bhangoo's descendants, Adil went to Village Marh Bhangoowan. Momin was the first to accept Islam.

(Taken from Mr. Serjinder Singh posting dated 9th January, 2001- see complete posting)

Many of the Jatt tribes were minor rulers in Sindh during the sixth century AD (e.g. Bal, Sekhon, Samra, Toor, Bhangoo are mentioned in early Arabic accounts of Sindh) and were Budhists. ...

(Taken from Mr. Serjinder Singh posting dated 26th May, 2001- see complete posting)

It is believed that during the 6th century AD the Arabs attacked Sindh there were tribes ruling or living in the area whose names were Samra, Bal, Sekh or Sekhon, Bhangoo, and Toor. Most historians interpreted Samra to be a Rajput surname and labeled these tribes as Sumer Rajputs and failed to recognize the typical Jutt surnames. The Arab writers give these names (Irfan Habib the famous Indian historian has written a paper on this point), which are undoubtedly the Jutt surnames prevalent even today. One more important point that comes out of the Arab writing about the Sindh invasion is that these tribes had religious and social life styles which bear no resemblance to Hinduism as it was known at that time. The practices and beliefs are patently Buddhist. The surname Sekhon is derived from the Sekh or Sesh for these Scythian people as mentioned above. ...

(Taken from Mr. Rafaqat Ali Bhangoo’s  submission dated 5th May, 2004 - see complete submission)

PLEASE NOTE: This write up by Mr. Rafaqat Ali mentions the history of the Bhangi Misl. From all accounts, Bhangoos were NOT related to the Bhangi Misl. It has been posted here just as a literary reference.

According to "PRACHIN PANTH PRAKASH" written by RATTAN SINGH BHANGU in 1841, the word “bhangoo” is derived from BHANG (a hemp).  Sardar Hari Singh of Amritsar--a land lord jatt of great courage and war like abilities-- was addicted of bhang and was called Bhangi. ...

(Taken from APS Bhangoo posting dated  29th December, 2004- see complete posting)

It is mentioned in “Tribes of Punjab and NWFP” by Rose based on the 1883 census report of India by the British that the Bhangoo tribe drives its name from eponym “Bhango”. He belonged to a ruling family of Nepal and he migrated to Punjab more than a thousand (may be two thousand) years ago ...

 

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