Lohanas are said to be the descendants of Lord Rama.
Lava, Lord Rama’s son is called Lohanas’ progenitor.
One of the eighteen lines of Kshatriyas was called
Lavan. ‘Lavan’ and ‘Lohana’ are said to be the
corrupted forms of the word ‘Lavan’. The Lohana have
84 different surnames.
says that Lohanas are not of Gujarati origin. They
have migrated to Gujarat from some other places and
have become Gujarati as some other communities have
done. They are stout.
in the current century, have settled not only in
different parts of India but also in far away corners
of the world. The two large industrial complexes in
Uganda-the Madhavani and the Mehta’s are those of
Lohanas. Presecution by the former Ugandan dictator
Idi Amin compelled the Madhavanis and the Mehtas to
leave Uganda and settle in England.
setting up the Lohana schools, hostles and
carvanseries in Gujarat, Lohanas have donated large
sums to establish useful public institutions-the most
famous of them being the Gujarati Samaj at Haridwar.
Lohanas prefer to identify themselves with the places
they hail from like the Kutchis, the Halaris, the
Ghogharis or the Nagarthathhas. The Religious life of
Gujarat has been greatly enriched by many Lohana
saints, the most outstanding of them being Jalaram
Bapa and Swami Swami Jnanjivandasji- ‘Yogiji Maharaj’
of the swaminarayana sect. Practically every Lohan
house is found with a photograph or an idol of Jalaram
Bapa- a symbol of Lohana’s great devotion to this
noble saint. Inspired by reading of Shri Yogiji
Maharaj, many Lohana families have embraced the
Swaminarayana sect. The followers of this sect believe
that shri Sahajanand Swami; the founder of the
Swaminarayan sect was an incarnation of Lord Krishna.
The names of Shri Bhikshu Akhandanand, the founder of
‘Sastu sahityavardhak karyalaya’ and Shri Thakkarbapa,
known for his great services to the tribals of Gujarat
are two well known.
Nanji Kalidas Mehta, another great personality, set up
many social service institutions at Porbandar. His son
Shekhar Mehta was first Gujarati to become a champion
in the ‘Speed Car’ racing. Uttam Chandarana in table
tennis; Maganbhai Radia in water-sports; Mohanlal
Chandarana in cricket and Kishore Lotwala in badminton
are a few leading Lohana names.
Kotak – The founder editor of a famous Gujarati weekly
‘Chitralekha’, Ramu Thakkar, Gokuldas Raichura,
Karsandas Manek, Pandit Visanji Thakkur have made
their mark in the fields of literature and journalism.