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SOOD RATTAN AWARD 2012 : NOMINATIONS INVITED
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Dedicated to my parents; Late Parkash Chand Gondal and Shanti Cheemra (Both from Sood dynasities of Jaijon Doaba)
The purpose of the website is to carry all the possible information of the sood community, past history and the present settlements. The Sood community is known for doing charity and helping all sections of people, irrespective of caste and creed. In North India, they built shrines and community centres in the past. These days, charitable dispensaries and clinics are run to help the needy and deserving class. Financial assistance is given to the weaker section of the community.
Sood/Sud is a last name of Parmar Kashtrya origin with close ties to the Khatri community in Punjab. The name originated from the district of Sirhind in Punjab. Soods are also referred to as Agnikul Rajputs.
Raja Hira Singh Sood who founded the village Hirapur next to Chabhal ( Amritsar-Tarn Taran Belt) ,Punjab, India. Raja Hira Singh’s father was Kumedan Jai Singh who was a Liutenant general in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army .He commanded a division of the Bhangia Misl comprising 2000 soldiers. The family ancestral home built in Amritsar in 1918 is in Bhangia ka Kila ( Fort of Bhangia Misl or Command - another County in Amritsar City of Punjab, India). Raja Hira Singh had a large estate in Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh State of India, close to the Nepal border & was a darbari( Court Incharge) in the Oudh Court.
Raja Karam Singh Sood was son of Sardar Labh Singh who was brother of Sardar Bahadur Chain Singh. Raja Karam Singh was adopted by Raja Hira Singh Sood . Katra Karam Singh ( A commercial cum residential County in Amritsar City of Punjab, India) is named after him in Amritsar city, Punjab State, India.
Pratap Talkies ( Cinema) in Taran Taran was started by Sardar Pratap Singh S/O R. Karam Singh .He owned a Cold storage too in Taran Taran. The family still own lands around Taran Taran which were contracted out to farmers in the early 1900’s.
Sardar Bahadur Chain Singh Sood. He was an honorary Magistrate first class in the 20’s in Taran Taran( Older Tehsil of Amritsar,Punjab,India and now a district.) He died in 1938. In both the pictures above, he is seen sitting. Mr.Ram Singh Sood is standing by his side.
SardarLabh Singh Sood, Brother od Sardar Bahadur Chain Singh Sood
From Raja Hira Singh Sood’s Family-Rohan, Mrs. & Mr.Jagjit Singh Sood & Son Ravinder Shashi Sood. Ravinder is settled in the US.
Ravinder “Shashi” with daughter Shivani and wife Sapna. Raja Hira Singh Sood was his Great great grand father, SB Chain Singh’s uncle.
It is also added here that Bhai Gurdas has mentioned the names of the sikhs to whom Guru (Guru Arjun Dev) loves and there are two soods in 22 such sikhs. Bhai Santokh Singh has also written in his book Shri Panth Parkash that a large number of soods became sikhs. A fighter Kirpal Sood from Phagwara was considered as right hand of Guru Teg Bahadur.
There is nothing like ‘convert’ between Hindus and sikhs. It is one family only. Generally speaking, the elder son in the family would be made “Keshdhari” while others would be “Monas(Silent) or Sehajdharis”. All would visit Hari Mandir. together.Both would be categorized as “GURSIKH”….
BibiJi Savitri Devi sood( Died in 2009) headed the ladies wing at Sri Tarn Taran Gurudwara till 1984 or so. her husband, babu Atma rRam ji, a renowned Lawyer of his time, was respected by both by all, mainly the sikh Jat farmers who had large land holdings in Naushehra Pannua , Patti and Tarn Taran
Sirhind was the economic hub of India and was called SoodPur. It was governed and ruled by Agnikul Rajputs of Parmar dynasty called “SOODS”. The entire province of Sirhind consisting of twenty-eight paraganas and extending from the Satluj to the Jamuna and from the Shiwalik hills to Kunjpura, Karnal and Kaithal, yielding Rs. fifty-two lakhs (one lakh = one hundred thousand Rupees) annually which comes to 5.2 million rupees.
Prior to Sirhind (Punjab,India), the Sood were settled in Amarkot in Punjab part of Pakistan and before that they lived in Patten of Sindh-Pakistan for eight generations.
They are now found in the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and other areas of Northern India. Some Soods can also be found in parts of Afghanistan and some parts of former Russian block. Soods are settled in good numbers in Australia, Canada,Gulf,New Zealand,U.K., and U.S.A.Majority of soods are educated and hold key positions in the government, MNCs, IT, Defence, trade and businesses.
All the soods are mainly Hindus and worship through Sanatan Dharama, Arya Samaj and Sikhism. Many sood families made their eleder son a sikh. There are inter-marriages amongst the families believing in different sects and all the religions which have originated from India viz: Sanatan Dharama, Arya Samaj, Jainism, Budhism, Sikhism, Nirankaris, Radha Swami etc. During the Mughul/ Muslim rule, some soods were compelled to convert to Islam.
Traditionally, soods were marrying amongst soods only but with different sub-caste.These days, inter-marriages amongst the sood and other castes have become very common. This applies to other communities of Hindus as well. Indian community is mixing up which is very good.
Some Sood luminaries:
Mr. Jagdish Chandra Sood, M.D., Eros Group of Companies who are renowned builders in Delhi owing the Eros Intercontinental Hotel in Nehru Place, Eros Cinema in Jangpura, New Delhi, Vishal Cinema in Punjabi Bagh and Charmwood Village on Delhi Haryana border near Suraj Kund, South Delhi and many other high rise commercial towers. His father, Late Shri Rattan Chand Sood was a patron of Sood Sabha, Delhi. His relation, Desh Bandhu Sood, lives at Kailash Colony, New Delhi. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rai Bahadur Jodha Mal Sood-Kuthiala-bulit numerous shrines in Hoshiarpur,Kangra and Shimla areas.
Kamini Kaushal-the famous bollywood actress of fifties.
Sonu Sood-Actor of Film Jodha Akbar fame.
Ritu Sood-Berri-the famous fashion designer.
Kuldip Sood & Sanjeeva Sood-famous bollywood editors.
Mahindra & Mahindra-the leading auto giants of India.
Kashmiri (Kash) L Sood & Amy Sood of Ranka Enterprises, Canada.
Ashok Sood of Cleaning Depot,Canada.
At present, there are two or three Sood MLAs in Punjab Assembly, namely: Tikshan Sood-Hoshiarpur, Brahm Dutt Mahendra-Patiala? and Harish Dhanda?-Ludhiana ?
Late Madan Mohan Sood was PS to the former Chief Minister of Haryana in 70s and he used his good offices to do a lot of research to find facts supported by quotes from “Chhajnamaas” which is the recorded data base of the moghuls or rulers of that time.He had attended a joint meeting cum conference of Soods and Rajputs at Lahore and soods were accepted as having rajput/ k’shatrya origin. Soods living in Chandigarh area knew him very well. I knew him too as I took care of his dental health.He was a very fine personality who would not sell himself for cheap publicity. In 2007,We confered upon him a very prestigious award posthmously in Mississauga City (Toronto area), Canada where his family(two sons,a daughter and may grand children) lives now. Most of his family members attended the ceremony.
Akbar was born in Amarkot(now in Pakistan) at a Sood king’s palace.
Sirhind was called Soodpur. Soods controlled the economy there can be judged from the fact that Sirhind region still has a visible concentration of sood families there and most of the families are well settled.
We still have senior soods to tell us the tales. So many sood shrines and mansions are still existing.There is one Mahinderae Baharian da Mela at Jalandhar. If some one have more information about it please mention it in this page.
I think there is no harm to use the word “glorious” if that is based on facts. Moreover, one should not delete the whole text just because one feels that the text is biased.
To know the facts about soods, one must visit cities like Sirhind, Morinda, Machhiwada, Moga, NoorMahal, Hoshiarpur, Kangra, PalamPur, Garli, Ambota, PragPur, Haroli, Jaijon, Kola, Shimla etc. and hear about glories of soods, especialy from people who are not soods. Paragpur in Himachal Pradesh has been declared as a “Heritage Village” because of contributions made by soods of that area to Himachal Pradesh. It has beautiful sood havelis(mansions). There existed a Sood-Kuthiala haveli(mansion) in Haroli. I hope that is maintained well because I saw it more than forty years ago. Visit Jaijon Doaba-Hoshiarpur to see a magnificant and well maintained sood haveli(mansion of my paternal grandmother’s family).One room has a picture gallery of our ancestors.
Soodan Mohallas ( Sood neighbourhoods) are there in many cities like Noormahal. There are villages named after Soods like “Kot Soodan” in Jalandhar District where Shri Kuldip Rai Sood, Principal of Institute for the Blind,Chandigarh, was born.
Sood community feels proud to have three shrines in and around Chandigarh,viz: Sood Dharamsala in Sector 22 and Sood Bhawan at Sector 44 at Chandigarh and Sood Bhawan at Sector 10, Panchkula. This is exceptional because no other community has three shrines in a particular region like this one.Isn’t that glorious?
Hoshiarpur city has a huge mansion (haveli) of Late Mela Ram Sood at Kanak Mandi Chowk. We also have Lachhman Dass Sood Dharamsala (Shrine)and Balbhadr Sood Vatika(shrine) at Civil Lines.
There are two Sood shrines at Shimla; Sood Janj Ghar ( Sood Marriage place) and Ram Mandir( marriage banquet etc.) which is a four storeyed huge shrine for the use of the community at large.
There is a sood Dharamsala(shrine)at Jawalmukhi.
Dr.Bhushan Sood,Mississauga,Canada (15th February, 2008.
There are many soods who have excelled in the field of IT,Medicine, Science,Trade and Business. You may browse or search Google / Yahoo to find their websites.
I have also tried to provide links to some eminent sood personalities in this website.
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