Gurjar or Gojri are an ethnic group of Jammu and Kashmir India and northern and central Pakistan. Alternative spellings are Gojari and Gujjari (not Gujrati). They are also related to the Rajput tribe. Gurjari language is close to Rajasthani and Marwari. As per historical accounts parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat were known as Gurjar-bhumi or Gurjaratra prior to Mughal period in India Gurjar pratiharas acted as barrier to Arabs for around 300 centuries. However, in later times, circa the 14th century AD onwards, their hold reduced to small principalities.During 15th-16th century there were Gurjar kings in areas of Meerut and Dadri. After this time, they gradually fell into a decline. They became poor nomads and started living in jungles and forests.
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