The Ror (Suryavanshi Kshatriyas) (Hindi: रोड़) community hails primarily from an area, close to Palanpur, stretching across the Gujarat - Rajasthan border. Historically, the community was also found concentrated around Ror (Sukkur) in Sindh, Pakistan. It would be rather optimistic to put the total population of the Ror at one million and it would be fairer to assign a total head count of 750,000 to the community. The community is fairly small and well-knit; as of today, they hold nearly 270 villages in Haryana and 52 more in Western Uttar Pradesh and the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal.

In his famed work, "A Glossary of the Tribes and castes of Punjab and North-West Frontier Provinces", H.A. Rose says that the Ror are fine, stalwart men. The real seat of the Ror is the great Dhak jungles of Thanesar. They hold 84 villages and Amin is the "Tika" or head village. They also hold 12 villages south of Kaithal and the gotra there is Turan. Again, there are 12 more villages of the Ror beyond the Ganges. The immediate place of origin of the Rors seems to be Badli in Jhajjar tehsil of Rohtak district and all of them unanimously claim to have come from there.

In the Archaeological Survey of India Report for the year 1871-72, A.C.L. Carlleyle says about the image of a Ror warrior found at the site of Kaga Ror or Kagarol.

"The features of the face are fine and manly, of the handsomest Hindu type. The warrior has his right knee raised; on his right arm he presents a shield in defense and in the left hand he brandishes a straight sword of huge dimensions over his head. In a belt round his waist he wears a dagger with a cross-shaped hilt at his left side. The hair of the head is full but drawn back in straight lines on the head. Evidently, itís a figure of a warrior of great strength."

According to the Indian Puranic tradition, the Ror are a people from the solar race of the Ikshvaku Kul. Sri Rama of Ayodhya had a descendant called Devaneek in the eighth generation after him and this Devaneek had three sons according to the Puranas. The three sons of Devaneek were called Ahinag (Aneeh), Roop and Ruru. Ruru is remembered by all Rors as their eponymous ancestor and the lineage from there on is well-preserved by their bards right up to King Dadror, whose descendants later started the fight with Aibak in 1207 by refusing to gift him any women. Evidence is also available to suggest that the Greeks used to call the Sauviras by names derived from the name of the Sauvira capital of Roruka.

Some further useful readings and references;

ROR Bhoomi

ROR Employee Association

Wikipedia


ClassificationSuryavanshi, Kshatriya
ReligionsHinduism
LanguageHaryanvi, Khariboli, Hindi, Pahari
Populated StatesHaryana, Sindh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, Uttarakhand