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 Origin of Ummat's

 

In The Grapes of Wrath John Steinback said, what are we without out past. For Ummat family, stories of the past are enchanted dreams. These stories are hundreds of years old and researching them represents the most precious task we have ever undertaken.

Tracing the history of any family is a difficult task even at the best of times. However having heard stories from Dad (SHRI. VIDAYA PRAKASH UMMAT) regarding origin of UMMAT's, and having known that UMMAT's are not a very large family as compared to others, it appeared to be easy tracing out our roots. Well, what started in July 1999 though looking easy has not been so. Even after digging into old records at Archives. read old books, meeting our Purohits at PEHOWA and HARIDWAR, discussing with many elders of UMMAT's are, as informed by our elders & Purohits are Punjabi KHATRIS having KAUSHAL as our Gotra  SHRI. RAM LAL, however said we are Rajput KHATRIS. UMMAT's is a Persian word, which means followers or a religious sect. An apparent incongruity is we are Hindus but have a Persian Surname. There are many theories regarding how we got this Surname and where we came from. However it is near certain that UMMATS and BUTCHERS came from elsewhere and laid the foundations of present day NAWANSHEHR . More about this is discussed later. First let us know a little about  KHATRI Caste. May be it will help us locate our origin.       

The fact that Ummats are of recent ORIGIN can be attributed to the fact that Ummats, no matter where they are in the world, are not large in number.  

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