History. The word ‘Athrab’ seems to be a colloquial slang for ‘Atharva’ taking the name from Rishi ‘Atharva’. Athrab Bhumihars belong to‘Shandilya’ Gotra originating from Rishi ‘Shandilya’. This means that Rishi Shandilya though belonging to Atharva descendence started his own dynasty disregarding his ancestral origin.
In village Guljana, the migratory history of Athrab does not go more than seven generations back. The details of the families are as under:-
·Vill. Sanda Migrants-Athrav 1 & 1A
·Vill. Lodipur Migrants-Athrab 2.
·Vill. Parsurampur Migrants -Athrab 3, 3A & B
There are two athrab families who migrated from Sanda Vill to Guljana. They are
Sanehi Singh’s (Athrab1) and Bulak Singh’s (Athrab 1A) families. The oldest amonst them isSanehi Singh’s family who has a history ofseven generations in the village. Since Village Sanda is located just about 5-6 KM away from Guljana the reasons behind migrating to Guljana could only be either extreme poverty or erstwhile Tekari Raj’s aim to strengthen the front line west of river Dardha(Burhnadi) against the declining (though existing) Mugal empire, the background of which has already been explained earlier. The next Sanda migrant family is Bulak Singh’s family(Athrab1A) which has a presence of only four generations in the village.This family has also contributed one engineer(Raghuvansh Sharma) to the gallery of engineers of Guljana.
Lodipur Migrants(FamilyTree Athrab 2).
It has already been stated earlier while describing Baba Gotia (Sonebhadra 2) that Bhairo Singh - second son of Mardan Singh had only a daughter who was married in vill Lodipur in the Athrab familiy. The four Naties(daughter’s sons) of Bhairo Singh were finding it difficult to make both ends meet. On the assurance of their Nana (maternal grand father) the four naties migrated to their Nanihal (Mother’s vill-Guljana ) in search of better means of survival. Their Nana, Bhairo singh helped them out by giving some land on Bataiya(share cropping) basis.
Years went by and with passage oftime they developed some difference with their nana and were forced by the circumstances to leave this village. They migrated to Vill. Uchauli, east of river Falgu under Khizer Sarai PS. There also they could not pull on well with the co- villagers and had again to leave that village and fall back on village Guljana again.Since they had neither won the heart of their nana’s family members nor of the villagers they had to really struggle hard for their survival. Due to extreme state of poverty only first two of the four brothers namely Giridhar singh and Jivdhar singh got married.
On one summer afternoon of June when Giridhar singh was sitting under the peepal tree along the road side at Bhawanpur school, one person from Bhawanpur namely Balak singh asked him about his sad and poor state of affairs.Hearing the tragic tail, he offered to sell his 7.5 Bigha land to Giridhar singh for a paltry Rs 56/-. Giridhar singh requested for some time to muster this sum. After disposing of all moveable properties he could collect only Rs 28/-.He went to Balak singh (Bhawanpur) and expressed his inability in arranging 56 rupees. Balak singh was so kind hearted that he sold his 7.5 bigha plot to Giridhar singh on a promise that the balance of Rs 28/- will be paid by Giridhar singh in due course of time by the proceeds and income earned from this cultivation.
From that day on the family toiled laboured and struggled the hardest way, repaid the dues in time and produced the first MA,Economics(Bhuwaneshwar Singh) to the village. This family today, is making a respectful living in the village. The aim of my elaborating this incidence in details is only to make sure that it might act as an inspiration to all those who may be passing through the phase of struggle in life and take lesson from itas to how one can win over the odds in life if only one does not lose heart and nerves.
Parsurampur Migrants (Athrab 3A,B & C).
These families seem to be very recent migrants as history of only four generations are known to the present descendants in the village. They migrated from the same vill to this village and that also almost simultaneously but details of their common ancestor is not known to them though they claim to be progeny of common ancestor and thus are Gotia (families originating from same common ancestor). The family tree of these families are drawn at Athrab 3A 3B & 3C.
There is one Drontikar (or Domkatar as colloquially called) family in this village.This family is the same Bhumihar clan to which Tekari Maharaja Gopal Sharan Singh belonged. Dronetikars belong to Bhardwaj Gotra. This family has just entered in its fifth generation but the surviving third generation does not know the details/name of great grand father although they claim to be the ‘ab- originals’ of this village. The contention of this family is also not beyond logic as all neighbouring villages eg, Pura, Mussi,Bhori Sowal etc are Domkatar bhumihars. Even one brother of Krishna Deo Sharma’s grand father had migrated from Guljana to Bhainsmara and got settled there .The argument that all existing bhumihars except the Domekatars migrated to Guljana from other places but Domkatar from Guljana migrated to some other place proves the point that probably Domkatars are the original inhabitants of this village. The only point to be considered here is that if this family is an original inhabitant, how is it that only one family without any Gotia consisting of 8-9 members are exsisting for almost 150 to 200 years!!!
Contribution To The Village Glory.
None the less, this Domkatar family has given the FIRST Engineer in form of Shri KRISHNA DEO SHARMA to this Guljana village and all other engineers have followedsuit. The point to note here is that the father-son duo(Krishna Deo Sharma and his son Rakesh Sharma) is an engineer combination in Guljana.!! The family tree of this Domkatar(Dronetikar) family is at Dronetikar(Domkatar) Table.