KHOSLA HISTORY

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Family tree of Khoslas of Nurmahal, District Jalandhar and Rahon,District Nawashahir, Punjab, India.

 

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HISTORY OF KHOSLA'S

Two brothers, Dewan Amrit Rai and Dewan Tehli Ram, and their families lived at Shajahanbad in Multan district (now in Pakistan). Their caste was Mehrotra. They were landlords with big jagirs (estates) and were very influential during the reign of the Moghal emperor Humayn, son of the emperor Barbar. Barbar was the first Moghal emperor of India.

The brothers, somehow, earned the ill-will or wrath of the governor of Multan and he reported them to the emperor at Delhi.

They left for Delhi with their families and relatives but without any means, because the governor confiscated their property. They were very brave and tough people. During their long journey to Delhi they had little food and other essentials to survive. They often restored to force to get food. The emperor officials reported all this to the emperor.

When the clan reached Delhi, Humayun had died and his son Akbar was on throne. He called the two brothers to the court, heard them and examined the reports. He ordered the brothers that either they go to Chittor (Rajasthan) to join the royal army, fight against the rebelled Rajputs and capture the fort from the Rajputs or else they will be executed.

The brothers had no choice but to go to Chittor and join the army. There, they examined the situation and devised a plan to capture the fort.

They planned to send a spy to enter the fort, assess the situation and take an account of the enemy. Mathila Bhatt in disguise of a hermit (sadhu or faqir) was chosen for the job. He acted as a deaf and dumb hermit and went to the gates of the fort. The guards stopped him, pushed him back but he acted well to convince the guards that he is a pious person without any motive. He was allowed to enter the Chittor fort.

The fort inside was a complete town with all the essentials to survive. The four walled fort had residential quarters with the roofs of thached material like wild grass. Thousands of pigeons had nests in the roofs. Mathil, somehow, brought a pair of pigeons with him and came out of the fort unsuspected.

Two Khosla brothers, Amrit Raj and Tehli Ram, took army commanders into their confidence about their plan. They tied very thin wires to the feet of two pigeons and fixed some laquer to the other end of wires. Lacquer, a combustible material, was ignited and the pigeons were let go. It was the middle of night. The pigeons anxious to go to their offsprings, flew towards their nests. Within hours, the tached roofs and army barracks were on fire. The royal army attacked the fort when Rajput forces were busy inside extinguishing the fire. The Mugul force entered the fort and captured it.

The brothers returned to Delhi as conquerors. Akbar honored them. One brother was sent to Hydrabad Deccan as a govorner and the other brother was appointed a minister of the court at Delhi with an estate of rupees 20,000 and the owner of seven villages near Talwan, district Jalandhar, Punjab. Thus one family of Khosla's settled near Talwan. Dewan Lachhami Narain, the son of this brother, built the fort and founded the village of Narain Garh near Talwan on the banks of the river Suttej.

The emperor Akbar died and his son Jahagir and grandson Shahjahan ruled India. When Auranzeb, the son of ShahJahan occupied the throne, he converted many noble Hindu families to Islam either by allurements or by threat of killing. The khosla family at Talwan also received the notice to accept Islam. These Khoslas had a very loyal family barber. He offered to convert himself to Islam in place of Khoslas provided his family would be well looked after by Khoslas. Some Khoslas still keep this promise by observing a custom. Whenever khoslas perform any ceremony like wedding or childbirth, they always offer something special (money or sweets) to their barber.

Aurangzeb died and the Mughals empire almost disappeared with him. The sikhs gained power in the Punjab in the beginning of eighteenth century. Some Bedi families were residing at Mokandpur in Nawashahr district. Bedi community is known as the the family of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Two horses of Bedi families were stolen from Mokandpur. The horses were traced at Talwan, but were not recovered. It is said that the Bedis, the religious people, cursed Talwan with dire consequences. As a chance would have been, an epidemic spread and some people died. Khoslas fearing the curse left Talwan for good. Most of them went to Rahon in Jalandhar district (now district Nawashahr). Others moved to other parts of India. During this exodus, some families moved to Nurmahal. Later on more Khosla families moved to Nurmahal from Rahon. The exodus from Talwan occured perhaps in the first half of eighteenth century. Thus Rahon and Nurmahal became the center of Khosla community. Most Khoslas around the world today come from anyone of these towns Nurmahal, Rahon, or Talwan.