Kalalwala Junior




Kalalwala Junior

Hindi Name

कलालवाला जूनियर

Time Period

17th Century to 1947


For early history see Bajwa Dynasty

The Kalalwala families(Junior and Senior) belongs to the Kalas sept of Bajwa Jats . The ancestor who gives his name to this branch of the Bajra Jats was one Kalas. He was the son of Raja Manga of Pasrur, whose grave,Manga ha Mari, is one of the sights of Pasrur and an object of veneration to the whole Bajwa tribe, Hindus ,Sikhs and Muslims. The initial rites of the marriage ceremony are celebrated on this spot by those Bajwas whose homes are not too far away to prevent a general family.

Kalas himself seems to have left Pasrur and founded a village(in the starting of 17th century), to which he gave his own name. This village is now known as Kalalwala, a corruption of the original, which, has led to a misapprehension of the origin of this fine old family. Kalas had two sons, Amir Shah(see Kalalwala Senior) and Pati. The descendants of the latter, although they were the younger branch, were the first to bring themselves to the front in the constant struggles which preceded the firm establishment of the Khalsa in the Panjab.

Hari Singh, the chief of Bhangi Misl, adopted Diwan Singh, and towards the year 1760 left him heir to a share of his estates. Diwan Singh was able to retain only half of his heritage ; and on his death, a few years later, the Khalsa proclaimed Dhana Singh as his successor. Dhana Singh had already distinguished himself in the service of Hari Singh by his gallantry at the siege of Bhera and in all the fighting round C-ujrat, while his younger brother, Man Singh, had lost his life in the service of the same Chief.

When the Bhangi Confederacy wrested Sialkot from the Pathans and Bajputs and divided the various estates, Kalalwala (as it was then called), Panwanas, Chuhara and Maharajke fell to the share of Dhana Singh. On his death in 1798, Maharaja Ranjit Singh recognized his son Jodh Singh as the representative Sardar, he being the only one of the three sons who seemed to inherit his father’s spirit. Not long after this Jodh. Singh was attacked by the Maharaja, who made the connection of the former with his old enemy Sahib Singh Gujratia the excuse for increasing his own private estates. Jodh Singh carried on the unequal struggle for some three years, but in the end was compelled to make a complete submission. On this he was granted jagirs to the value of some Rs. 60,000, and became so accomplished a courtier that, in 1816, the Maharaja married his son Prince Kharak Singh to Khem Kaur, the only child of Jodh Singh.

Sahib Singh did his utmost to prevent this alliance, which weakened his own position, on the ground that it was contrary to the custom of the Bajwa Jats, he. Sahib Singh, having already married the aunt of Eanjit Singh himself. Jodh Singh died the same year ; and the personal influence of his widow at the Sikh Court, added to that of her daughter, secured the succession of Sardar Chanda Singh to the family estates and jagirs. Chanda Singh’s father had been a Subadar in the Sham Souta Regiment, and his steady adherence to the Maharaja justified the passing over of Nadhan Singh, the only surviving son of Dhana Singh.

Chanda Singh and his elder brother Gurdit Singh rose in 1848, and, fortifying themselves in Kalalwala itself, had to be attacked and defeated by an English force, which blew up the fort and destroyed the village. Though there is now little doubt that Rani Khem Kaur had induced her cousins to act as they did, the Government granted her a pension of Es. 2,400, which she enjoyed until her death in 1886. Gurdit Singh and Chanda Singh got nothing ; and the former died soon after the annexation of the Panjab. Chanda Singh settled down to looking after the remnant of Dhana Singh’s estates, and died in 1867.

His only son, Bhagwan Singh, became the head of this branch of the family. He led the life of a country gentleman, and for some few years before his death in 1886 exercised the powers of an Honorary Magistrate. Chanda Singh married his only other child, Masammat Mahtab Kaur, to Sardar Tej Singh Atariwala. She accompanied her husband into exile, and settled down at Bareily, Horth-West Provinces, where two of her distant cousins, Hira Singh and Hakim Singh, have since joined her.

Sardar Eaghbir Singh, the only child of Bhagwan Singh, is the head of this branch. He was born in 1875, and is a student at the Aitchison College, Lahore. Sant Singh was for three years with the 1st Regiment of the Central India Horse, and now holds a commission in one of the Military Police Battalions in Burma.


  • Chaudhary Shri Pati of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
  • Chaudhary Shri Sur Singh/Sura of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
  • Chaudhary Shri Sudad of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
  • Chaudhary Shri Jai Chand of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
  • Chaudhary Shri Jog Singh/Jogi of Kalalwala, married and had issue
    • Sujana(see below)
    • Raja, married and had issue
      • Diwan Singh
      • Kaur Singh, married and had issue
        • Gulab Singh, married and had issue
          • Attar Singh, married and had issue
            • Hira Singh, married and had issue
            • Chandra Singh, married and had issue
            • Jawahir Singh, married and had issue
              • Ishar Singh, married and had issue
                • Ghanda Singh, married and had issue
                • Bhag Singh,married and had issue
              • Sahab Singh, married and had issue
  • Chaudhary Sujan Singh/Sujana, of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
  • Chaudhary Dalchi, of Kalalwala, married and had issue.
    • Sardar Diwan Singh (qv)
    • Charat Singh, married and had issue.
      • Amar Singh, he served as Subedar in the Sham Soutah Regiment and also as Manager of his cousin, Khem Kaur's jagirs, married and had issue.
        • Sardar Gurdit Singh, he succeeded his father as Manager of the Royal estates, died 1852/1861.
        • Sardar Chanda Singh (qv)
        • Sardar Arur Singh, born 1829, married and had issue. He died 1905.
          • Sardar Kishan Singh, born 1856, married and had issue. He died 1926.
            • Iqbal Singh, born 1889, married and had issue.
              • Kuljit Singh, born 1929.
              • Harbans Singh, born 1935.
            • Udham Singh, born 1904.
          • Jawala Singh, born 1865, he died 1923.
          • Natha Singh, born 1879.
        • Sardar Dulha Singh, born 1839, married and had issue. He died 1907.
          • Hakim Singh, born 1864, married and had issue. He died 1926.
            • Kartar Singh, born 1887, married and had issue.
            • Kapur singh, born 1905.
          • Sant Singh, born 1869, married and had issue. He died 1897.
      • Bhag Singh
    • Man Singh, he was killed in action whilst in the service of the Bhangi Sardar.
    • Gurdeo Singh
  • Sardar Diwan Singh, Jagirdar of Kalalwala 1760/176x, he was adopted by Sardar Hari Singh of the Bhangi misl and ultimately inherited about half of all of his possessions around 1760. He died sp in 176x.
  • Sardar Dhana Singh, Jagirdar of Kalalwala 176x/1793, when the Bhangi misl conquered Silakot from the Pathans and Rajputs, it was divided up amongst the victors, with Kalalwala, Panwana, Chuhara, and Maharajke fell to his share; married and had issue. He died 1793.
    • Sardar Jodh Singh (qv)
    • Mahtab Singh, married and had issue.
      • Hira Singh, married and had issue. He died 1868.
        • Bala Singh, born 1860, married and had issue.
          • Mangal Singh, born 1882.
          • Sant Singh
    • Nadhan Singh, he was passed over in the succession in favour of his cousin, Chanda Singh; married and had issue. He died 1863.
      • Wasawa Singh, born 1808, he died 1908.
  • Sardar Jodh Singh, Jagirdar of Kalalwala 1793/1824, on his father's death, Maharaja Ranjit Singh recognized him as the Head of the Family, but shortly afterwards he was attacked by the Maharaja and was forced to finally submit after three years resistance, upon which he was granted jagirs of Rs60,000 in value; married a daughter of Sardar Sahib Singh Gujratia (see Bhangi), and had issue, an only daughter. He died 1824.
    • Bibiji Khem Kaur, married 1816, Maharaja Kharak Singh of Lahore. She died 1885/1886.
  • Sardar Chanda Singh, Jagirdar of Kalalwala 1824/1848 and Head of the Family 1848/1867, he served as Naib Adalati at Dera Ismail Khan, he and his older brother rebelled in 1848 and afterwards were completely deprived of their estates; married and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1867.
    • Sardar Bhagwan Singh (qv)
    • Bibiji Mehtab Kaur, married Sardar Tej Singh of Attari.
  • Sardar Bhagwan Singh, Head of the Family 1867/1886, he was an Honorary Magistrate of Kalawala and officiated as Extra Assistant Commissioner, married a daughter of Sardar Hardit Singh Padhania, and had issue. He died 1886.
    • Sardar Raghbir Singh (qv)
  • Sardar Raghbir Singh, Head of the Family 1886/1898, born in 1875 or about 1877 (#1), educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; married and had issue, an only son. He died 1898.
    • Sardar Sahib Sardar Randhir Singh (qv)
  • Sardar Sahib Sardar Randhir Singh, Head of the Family 1898/1927, born 1894, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore (Certificate, 1913); he was made a Sub-Registrar at Daska in 1918 and an Honorary Magistrate in 1921; a two-time member of the Punjab Legislative Council; in 1925, he rose to be Joint Registrar and Honorary Magistrate for the whole district; in 1926 he was nominated to the District Board and became its Senior Vice-Chairman; he was a founder of the Daska Central Co-operative Bank; secretary of the Sialkot Electric Supply Co. Ltd.; and President of the Khalsa High School, Sialkot; he was granted the title of Sardar Sahib in 1931 and was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935; married and had issues with five daughter's and one son :-
    • Bibiji Gajender Pal Kaur, was married to Sardar Janpal Singh Mann Of Moghalchak
    • Bibiji Mohinder Pal Kaur, was married to Sardar Basant Singh (M.L.A)
    • Bibiji Surinder Kaur, was married to Sardar Rajinder Singh
    • Bibiji Ranbir Kaur, was married to Sardar Gurdas Singh Dhillon
    • Bibiji Kuldip Kaur, was married to Sardar Harjit Singh Grewal
    • Ranbir Singh
  • Sardar Ranbir Singh, Head of the family, was born in 1927, was educated at Aitchison College, Lahore, He was known to be a keen sportsman, and known exclusively for his passion in athletics. He primarily maintained his ancestral lands and estates, and was known as the pillar of the community,during the years leading to the Partition of the country. In 1947, the painful decision of abandoning his vast ancestral estates became a reality, when during Partition, numerous family heir looms were abruptly forsaken, that once adorned the walls of the lavish Kalaswala haveli. He was married to Sardarni Daljit Kaur, Had died had issues with Two sons ,He died in 1997 :-
    • Dalvir Singh
    • Sharanbir Singh Bajwa, (b 1957), was born at Patiala, in 1957 was studied in Yaduvandra Public School, Patiala, then at Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala.also studied at the Dagshai Public School, Solan, was married to Sardarni Kulvinder Kaur of New Delhi,He resides in New Delhi, had issues with two sons :-
      • Kunwar Singh Bajwa (b.1999)
      • Yuvraj Singh Bajwa (b.2001)
  • Sardar Dalvir Singh, Head of the family, was married had issues with one son and daughter :-
    • Aman Singh Bajwa
    • Bibiji Tanisha Kaur
Sources :-
  • Sir L.H Griffin, Chief and Families of Note in Punjab Vol. 2
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