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 At the partition of India, the Sanwrepotre, like other Muslim Jatts of the region, migrated to Pakistan.2
The Mahaar are found mostly along the valley of the Sutlej river, in the districts of Bahawalnagar, Okara, Vehari, Lodhran, Sahiwal and Chakwal The villages of Chakwal are Mangwal, Kot Iqbal, Sikriala & Rawal alongside the Bhagne Kas (a canal).
- A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by Horace A Rose page 45
- A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by H. A Rose