(Last Updated on : 12-02-2018)
Mohyal Community is a Punjabi
living mostly in the states
and Uttar Pradesh
. Mohyal community people were primarily Brahmins
who left their priestly duties to serve as warriors. They were divided into 7 sub-castes. The community is noted for a long tradition of producing distinguished soldiers.
Etymology of Mohyal Community
Different connotations of the name Mohyal have been suggested. The most commonly accepted is that it is derived from the word Muhins, meaning the 7 classes into which the community is divided. The divisions are:
Another argument 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.
Origin of Mohyal Community
Mohyals claim to be the descendants of 6 raj rishis, namely;
Bharadwaj (Datt and Vaid)
History of Mohyal Community
They have a prominent place in the history of India
and have also figured in the affairs of Arabia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Persia and China. Titles like Bakshi, Chowdhury, Raizada and Mehta were conferred on them by various rulers of Punjab for the distinguished services they rendered on the battlefield.
Society and Religion of Mohyal Community
Most Mohyals are Hindus, but many are Sikhs
as well. Many of the notable Mohyal Brahmin caste remained the disciples of Sikh Gurus
and they still worship Sikhism
along with Hinduism
. 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.
Profession of Mohyal Community
Mohyal Community is 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.