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Khokar Fort, Rohtak

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Khokars, also called Khokhar or Khokals form an important component of the Jat community. They are found among the Jats of not only Haryana, but Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well.

Interestingly enough, Khokars are found among Muslims also. It is like Bakshis, Maliks, Junejas, Kakkars and even Pandits who are found both in Hindu and Muslim communities in India and Pakistan. Khokars likewise are also found in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan. There is a Khokar clan of Jats among the Balochs in Balochistan, a province in Pakistan.

It is believed that the Khokar Jat community owes its origin to Nagavanshi Karkotaka. The Khokars were also the rulers of Raya – Mathura and Sindh. It is said that Bhai Roop Chand, a devout disciple of the Sikh Guru Hargobind Ji, was also a Khokar.

Khokar Fort was built by the Khokars of Haryana in district Rohtak. It was a grand and formidable fort in its heyday but now, unfortunately, lies in ruins.

 

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