History and origin
The tribe claims descent from Mahaar, a brother of Johiya (the ancestor of the Johiya tribe). Mahaar is said to be the elder brother of Johiya, being a son of Iyas, a Shaikh Siddiqui holyman, who is said to have married Rani Nal, daughter of the Bhatti Rajput Raja Chuharhar. Mahaar's grandson, Wag became Raja of a place called Garh Mathila. Wag grandson, Sanwra is said to have migrated to Sirsa, in what is now Haryana. The Sirsa branch of the Mahaar are known as the Sanwrepotre (the sons of Sanwra in Hindi). Another branch settled in Shahr Fareed in Bahawalpur District.
The Sanwrepotre are settled mainly in Faisalabad District.
In Sahiwal District, the main Mahaar village is 30/4L maharan wala
In Okara District,Tajoo ke mahar Kot Mian Sher Khan Mahar,nehal mahar,panan mahar,chak daim mahar,duleke mahar,baqarke mahar,qasimke mahar,saboo ke mahar,Bheni nehal mahar
In Muzaffargarh District, their main village is Isan Mahaar.
In Lodhran District, the main villages are Mahaar and Dhora Mahaar.
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