About Khukhrains

Punjabi Khatri  is the community of north-west India that resides at the top among all other punjabis, as they consider themselves to be the kshatriyas (warriors). Among Khatris, too, there is a distinct heirarchy.

On the pyramid 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were occupied by dhaihi garhis, bahran garhis and bahuyeinjiyee khatris. Distinct from these ghars, is the Khukhrain Biradri that is on the top most position on the pyramid.

Khukhrain ( खुखरायण ) Khatris initially consisted eight clans : Anand, Bhasin, Chadha, Kohli, Sabharwal, Sahni, Sethi and Suri. Chandhok clan is derived from Chadha. During mid of 20th century before partition and is largely acceptable in the community (biradri)

Ghai and Gandhoke are not khukhrain clans. They were introduced post-partion and their roots have been traced back from Arora Community.


Punjabi word KHUKHRAIN splits up to give two different words i.e. KUKH and RAIN. In Punjabi the word “Ksh” sounds as “kh”. Thus, Sanskrit word ‘Kshatriya’ is pronounced as ‘Khatri’.

Punjabi word KHUKH means KUSH ( King Kush )  which is a Sanskrit word that means ROOT and RAIN in Sanskrit means RAYAN ( Vanshaj/Vanshavali ) i.e. Descendents.

So, the word KHUKHRAIN  represents the Sanskrit word KUSHRAYAN. Thus, KHUKHRAINS are the descendents of King Kush who was the elder son of Lord Raam.

The word KUSHRAYAN came into existence somewhat around 2500-3000 years ago during 322 BC though it was earlier famous with different names as kaushal dynasty, sun dynasty (suryavansh) and many more.

The history of Khukhrains / kukhrains / khukhrayans  was almost silent before 490 BC. They were mentioned in the history of Kaushal Dynasty’s  MAHA PADAM ANAND who founded ANAND DYNASTY (mispronounced as NANDA Dynasty) after defeating “MAHA NANDIN” the king of Magdha. MAHA PADAM ANAND was son of MAHA NANDIN.  

He was succeeded by his eight sons the eldest son DHAN ANAND, KUAL HARI, SHOOR SEN, BHUSEEN, SHESH SHAINI, CHAMUNDE, SURATH RAJ and the youngest one SHUBHARWAR.

All these eight sons of MAHA PADAM ANAND ruled Magdha up till the death of their father and later they migrated to north-west India currently Punjab and the area of present Pakistan. They ruled as king till 1857. All the present eight surnames of Khukhrains were named after the eight kings.

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