(Last Updated on : 12/09/2009)
The Mohyals are originally a branch of the Saraswat Brahmins but they have renounced their priestly calling to become clerks, soldiers and farmers. They have produced eminent soldiers, doctors, educationists and artists. Mainly a Punjabi speaking community, they number less than 5 lakh. They live mostly in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Origin Of The Mohyals
Different connotations of the name 'Mohyal' have been suggested. The most commonly accepted is that it is derived from the word 'Muhins', meaning the seven classes into which the community is divided. The divisions are: Dutt, Chibbar, Vaid, Mohan, Bali, Lau and Bhimwal. Another arguement is that Mohyal is a corrupt form of Mahiwal, meaning owner of land. Another name applied to the Mohyals in the North-West Frontier Province was Pathan Brahmins because they had fought many battles shoulder to shoulder with the Pathans.
History Of The Mohyals
: Mohyals claim to be the descendants of 6 'raj' rishis : Bharadwaj (Datt and Vaid), Bhargava (Chhibbar), Parashara (Bali), Kashyappa (Mohan), Vasishtha (Lau) and Koshal (Bhimwal). They have a prominent place in the annals of India and have also figured in the affairs of Arabia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Persia and China.
Society and Religion Of The Mohyals
: As far as a Mohyal family is concerned the birth of a boy in a Mohyal family is an occasion for rejoicing. Mohyals generally confine their matrimonial alliances to their own 7 groups. Earlier they used to take girls in marriage from other Brahmin communities but they never gave their daughters to them in marriage