Lubana History and today

History

According to British records 33% of the Labana were baptised Sikhs and were found primarily in the Lahore, Gujranwala, and Sialkot areas. The Labanas (along with many other groups) saw the highest conversions into Sikhism during 1881 1891.

According to George Armand Furse, “The Jut and Lobana castes of Sikhs possess in a high degree the useful knowledge of the lading and care of beasts of burden”.

Origin

The name Laban may refer to the transport of salt. “The term Labana appears to be derived out from loon (salt) and bana means trade, and the lubana, Lobana or libana was doubtless the great salt-carrying and salt trading caste”.

Acc. to Gurmat Parkash, Magazine by SGPC, Lobana also means who wear Iron Dress, i.e dress of Military person. They mentioned Lobana were Military persons who served in Guru’s army.

These are also called Bahrupia, on account of their versatility in adopting many professions.

Labanki, the dialect of Labanas, is a mixture of Marwari, Saraiki, Gujarati, and Marathi.

Baba Makhan shah lubana
Baba Makhan shah lubana

Role in Sikh History

After Guru Harkrishan, the eighth Guru of Sikhism, died in 1664, there was confusion about the identification of his successor. According to Sikh legends, Makhan Shah, a great merchant of the Labana tribe, identified Guru Teg Bahadur as the successor of Guru Harkrishan. Makhan Shah was very helpful to Guru Teg Bahadur during his pontificate. The Labanas participated in battles fought by the tenth Guru.

During the Misl period , the Labanas joined the services of various “Misldars”.

During the eighteenth century the Labanas began to follow a settled way of life. The Labanas of Lower Indus, Gujranwala and Jhang, settled as cultivators during Sikh rule.

Wherever the Labanas settled they named their villages as Tandas. Tanda in Labanki dialect means a travelling body encampment. In Kangra district, the Lobanas had four hamlets, each called Tanda. By the mid-nineteenth century, the Lobanas at some places owned not only parts of villages, but also entire villages and even groups of villages. They were chiefly found in the Punjab during the Sikh rule.

Labanas were listed as a martial race by the British.

Labanas are said to have nomadic roots but are not related to the Lambada or Labada tribe of Andhra. There are some who believe that they are of the same stock as the Gypsies or Roma people of Europe. Labanas have been linked with Gypsies from Turkey.

Labanas today

Today Labana is a landholding-rich community of Punjab. A large number of Labanas are settled abroad in western countries. The people are hard-working and uplifted the community again to its pride, which was in crisis during the early years of partition. Most Sikh Labanas are of western Punjab origin (now in Pakistan) and are called Panahi, while a smaller ratio are of East Punjab origin and are called Jaddi.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labana

Special note: This site is not intend to promote cast system and is made to provide history and where up to Lubana community is. All your discussion based comments are welcomed and vulgar language or disrespect of other communities, faith and religion is not allowed.

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185 thoughts on “Lubana History and today”

  1. It is very important to understand your lineage for genes pass down to many many generations. It is equally hearting to know that Lubanas were from lineage of great traders who had exceptional business acumen, dedicated Sikhs who always remain in sharan of the Great Sikh Gurus, were great warriors and remained in the fore front for any type of sacrifice and also remained in the service of the Gurus throughout the course of the history. There were many lubana Sikhs in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Many of them were on coveted positions like generals. During reign of Maharajah Ranjit Singh they were allotted agricultural land and since then they took to farming particularly in Gujranwala Sialkot districts of undivided Punjab. After partition in 1947 many lubana families suffered a lot when they had to leave every of their possessions in Pakistan and move to divided India and divided Punjab. Many suffered in financially because land they got in exchange was much less and was of lower fertility. Sant Prem Singh wanted to help lubana community which had suffered huge losses by getting it included in OBC. I know many people criticise his great effort. You take a stock of current situation in the country many castes including jatts in Haryana Rajasthan and many other states are holding agitations to get OBC status. That again shows great long term vision of our ancestors. It is not much important whether we want to remain OBC or not as most of the lubanas have regained their past glory of Baba Makhan Shah era. Strategically I don’t find any problem if some of our brethren who were not able to make by now take advantage of it and reach to higher level of prosperity. Waheguru ji da Khalsa Waheguru ji di Fateh.

    1. Lubana mainly latavia and Indonesia ton ne !!
      Te ihna da old religion islam c te ihh peer di pooja krde c !!
      baba makhn shah g da jnm v india te Pakistan ton bahar di kisi country da hai !!
      Baba makhn shah Europe ton india wapaar krn lyi aaye c !!
      Te baad ch sikhi adopt kiti !!
      Bajigar lubane nhi hai !!

  2. I am Dr. Amanpreet Singh Lubana. I am an ophthalmologist (eye specialist). I am from hoshiarpur city. I feel proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

    1. Myself parvinder singh ghotra , advocate and ex ADA hoshiarpur who served in mobile court Hoshiarpur 2006-2009 then became a pcs officer judicial branch in 2011 and served as probationer civil judge, presently on one year sabbatical on legal education. 7009115276, 9478674781

    2. Hay sir,
      Rakesh Nayak here from Indore, Me assistant manager Volvo eicher(truck manufacturing company). I am also from labana community & I belongs from distict Jhabua (MP) from village called rambhapur

      1. Yes brother, Naiks all over india are lubanas. I mean we are big community thru out india and Pakistan and may be in many other ancient countries since lubanas is an ancient race.
        My sir name is pelia from punjab but it is pronounced palia in Maharashtra or sindh. That is why my sir name is now spelled as Palia. In fact my dad was in IAF and a naik from maharashtra who was clerk in the reqruitment office spelled my dad’s last name as Palia because he thought that was the correct pronunciation.
        Thanks

      2. Rakesh ji i am AJS Palia. I also once worked with eicher tractor at parwanoo and also visited pithampur plant near indore when the plant was newly set up for manufacturing Mitsubishi LCVs. Now i am in Toronto. I was in IT with eicher.
        Lubanas is a very vastly spread community around the globe. We were once an extremely mobile people and hence spread throughout the world. An extensive study need to be accomplished on lubanas.
        Thx

  3. Hanji sarya nu ssa kal mai begowal toh asi lubane ha par loki sanu bahooot bure samajh de han ena nu eh ni pta ki asi hi sabto riches couminity ha

    1. Bro , jehra sala bura smjh da smjhan de , asi tan gurdaspur ch hik tan k kahi da lubane aa !!
      Baki change marhe bnde hrek community ch hunde ne !! J koi ik sunada tan osnu 10 sunawo !!

  4. I am a rtd.pb.govt.officer.Presently lives in Amritsar.I am proud to be a LUBANA.

  5. Hi, I am Balwinderjeet Singh and proud to belong to such a Wondeful community.Rest, Good bad people are all around.One just needs to be good, and u don’t have to prove it.
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

  6. Hi I am a lubana from the nanded district of the Maharashtra India and my name is Ramesh lakhanlal Sable and very much eager to learn more about the lubana community or the clans of the caste irrespective of the religion they’re

  7. Hi I am a lubana from nanded Maharashtra India and my name is Ramesh lakhanlal Sable and very much eager to learn more about the lubana community irrespective of the religion they’re

    1. Hay sir,
      Rakesh Nayak here from Indore, Me assistant manager Volvo eicher(truck manufacturing company). I am also from labana community & I belongs from distict Jhabua(MP) from village called rambhapur.

  8. Proud to read on lubana families and development , it is fact ,it is race of sacrifice and brave origin in medival in northern part. Tree of Lakhi saah banjara.

    We are from banjara Community (laman,lambada,) of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana practicing majority Hinduism & Followers of Guru Govind Singh , migrated towards South part in between 13 to 15 century.

    Community, lost it’s glory in British Raj period as forced under act of Criminal tribes intensily , and after post Independence , slowly picking up development .

    From Thourya kethavath,

  9. Hi , my name is Pankaj Kumar Palia and I from distt. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. I am working in national insurance company ltd. I proud to be Labana.
    One thing I want to say, we are the descendants of king lav son of Lord Rama. We are rajput. Kindly share your views in it.

  10. I am karnail singh munder, a lubana Sikh,at present in UK.
    Our ancestors were from TANDA ,Distt GUJRAT,PAKISTAN who later shifted to MIANI in HOSHIARPUR in 1947.

    1. Hay sir,
      Rakesh Nayak here from Indore, Me assistant manager Volvo eicher(truck manufacturing company). I am also from labana community & I belongs from distict Jhabua(MP) from village called rambhapur. village about which you are talking is in Dahod district of Gujarat state.

  11. 👉 Lubana naam diya city Europe latavia te Indonesia ch v ne !!
    👉Baba makhn shah da jnm v india da nhi hai !!
    👉oh v angreja di tra , Europe ton India business krn aaye c !!
    👉17 centruy ch ohna de business da 10 percent 500 gold coins c , ohna da apna samundri ship c !!

  12. 👉baki na tan lubane , banjare ja hor koi aa caste aa !!
    👉 Lubana sirf lubane aa ,te sare hi sikh aa ihna di koi v pichkor orgin confirm nhi hai

  13. Hello I am Harjit singh from ropar I feel very proud to be a labana but in our distt people aren’t know about labana caste. They says whose labana or labanae

  14. I am going to share my thoughts on this what
    I think we are heading in wrong direction because now days everything is political and everything is strategy i.e community’s
    Name and fame depends on the population and how much political back you have for eg in Punjab jatts are in majority also they hold maximum lands , they control over administration and have good sound political force and they are promoting there own people. simmilarly as in Rajasthan rajputs have dominance.
    So we are in minority in a way comparatively negligible.
    As we have no or very little political say i.e we have only one representative and this time she lost yes I am talking about Bibi jagir Kaur and again now she has become puppet in badals hand for our community vote.
    Moreover in Sikhism there is no concept of casteism but nowdays people have started
    Putting there surnames and also in gurudwaras all Karam kands are been followed and SGPC is merely a spectator.
    We are marching back to bramanwad same to say as jattwad is introduced and it is a strategy to make one community think that they are more superior than others as it’s going in Punjab today and jatts are happily accepted this idea.
    I don’t know who is maintaining this site but what you have mentioned is history of labanas few hundred years ago but what before that . What were they before that and no body can deny the fact that you were rajputs even I have some rajputs friends whom I can associate very easily.yours are the suryavanshi lineage. even this you can check on labanasamaj.com whom recently called Bibi jagir Kaur and you can check pics by going on the same site .there you can check your clans history also like ajrawat,pelia but you won’t find all clans and as I can reckon as originals clans we’re changed in course of time.
    I know we are very proud people that’s because we have same royal rajputs blood running in our veins ,you can’t part from them and they accept this thing, only we have to bridge a little gap. I say we must also revert back to our roots ,as Sikhism is the thing of past and it’s been corrupted fully.
    I personally knew some Hindu labana friends and they call that there ancestors are rajputs. Rajputs are well known ,they are everywhere,they have good political representation. You are unpopular because you are few. Its time to think wisely.I am sure jatts are looking to spread beyond the boundaries i.e haryana, Rajasthan .so we need to know that it’s all carefully thought planned strategy.
    Further more Punjab has lost it’s all reputation.now people all over world know that it’s youth is addicted, jatt farmers are committing suicide, farmers debts, unemployment,it has lost all it’s shine to the extent that it is not considered as brave as it used to be.

  15. We should think in broader sense . don’t say that we are upper or they lower infact Sikhism considers everyone equal.

  16. I think everybody is going on wrong way… If we want to promote our caste then we need to do something special.. Encourage our children for Sports, Talent, Education and Politics so that we don’t need to address ourselves… Har koi apne ap he janega… And GOTRA nal use karya Karo name de nal

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