There is a famous story connected with the origin of this gotra. There was a Goddess Bhagvati who became a lioness and kidnapped the newly born son of king Depal and entered a thick forest. Depalji tried his level best to search the child, but in vain.
Acharya Shri Mandeo Suri arrived in the city of Depal. King Depal went to the Acharya and enquired about the welfare of his child. Acharya replied, “If you convert your caste and become Mahajan, only then I can give the information of his whereabouts.”
King Depal became an Oswal Jain; then the Acharya said, “Go southwards of the forest, you will find him under a Banyan tree playing with a lioness.” Depal immediately went into the forest and search out the child.
They all saw the child feeding at the breasts of the lioness. All were frightened to see the grand and nassive body of the lioness, and returned. They came to the Acharya, and related the wholesituation. Acharya assured them and said, “Go near the lioness and state that you are the Shravak of the Acharya Mandeo Suri, and request him to hand over son.” Depal obeyed the orders of the Acharya.
When Depal said that they are the Shravaks of the Acharya, lioness left the child and entered into the forest. Depal returned back with the child and requested the Acharya to name the child. Acharya gave the child the name Aasdhar Nahar…
The Kuldevi of this gotra is Bhawanimata and its temple is in the fort of Nagour.
According to Shri Sukhsampatraj Bhandari and Bhansali Sohanraj. Depal was Parmar Rajput by caste. Aasdharji was the 35th in the pedigree of the Pawar genealogical table. Its family tree is with the Nahars of Ajimganj.
Nahar Poonamchandji – Chhoti Sadri
He opposed feudal oppression, so he was sent to Jail many times.
Nahar Kavi Jatmal Lahor (Pakistan)
Nahar Jatmal is very famous for his poetry ‘Gora Badal ki Katha’ It is known as the second diamond of Hindi Khadi Boli Literature. It was written in V. 1680. He had also written ‘Prem Vilas’ in 1693. He settled in Lahore. There are many collections of Gazals, Bavani, Savaya etc. which were also written by him. His father was Shri Dharamsingh.
Nagar Lala Hasmukhlal – Amritsar
British Government elected him the treasurer of 15 districts.
Nagar Lala Motiramji – Amritsar
He was born in V. 1956. He was Secretary of Oswal Samaj of Siyalkot. Patri tahkikat committee of Hoshiyarpur, Merchant Association of Hoshiyarpur ad Hoshiyarpur Jain Committee. He was a literary person. He establish Amar Jain Panjrapole. He was President of Hindu Seva Samiti Hoshiyarpur. In this way he was a prominent person of Hoshiyarpur and Amritsar.
Nahar Khadagsingh – Ajimganj
On the advice and invitation of Jagat Seth, Nahar Khadagsinghji came to Ajimganj. In V. 1766, and started business at Dinajpur. He also stablished a branch at Calcutta. In 1796 when the estate of Maharaja Radhanath was auctioned, he purchased and established his Zamindari. He built a Jain temple of Lord Chandraprabhu at Dinajpur.
Nahar Rai-Bahadur Sitabchand Ajimganj
He was a learned person. He had command on Hindi, Bangla, Sanskrit and Persian languages. He established a printing press at Ajimganj named ‘Vishva Vinod’. He published many religious books. Music was his hobby. Government of India honoured him with the title of ‘Rai-Bahadur’ in 1932. He presided over the 5th Jain conference held at Ahemdabad. He built Jain Temples and Dharmshalas at Ajimganj, Kasimbazar, Pavapuri, Palitana, Hastinapur, Abu and Calcutta etc. He built a grand hall named ‘Kumar Singh’ A colony named Sitabganj was made at Dinajpur. Here he built a hospital. He was appointed Magistrate at Lalbagh in V.190. He died in V. 1975.
Nahar Shri Puranchand – Ajimganj
He was son of Nahar Shitabchandji. He was an Oswal Historian. He established a grand library named Shri Gulabkumari Library. His elder brother Shri Manilal was honoured with the title of ‘Rai-Bahadur’ in V. 1955 He was member of Murshidabad District Board. Chairman of Municipal Board of Ajimganj. He was honorary Magistrate of Lalbagh. Ajimganj and Calcutta. He had been commissioner of Calcutta Municipal Board for 3 years.
Nahar Shri Vijaysinghji
He was son of Babu Puranchandji Nahar. He was elected Municipal councilor of Calcutta for many times. He was deputy chief Minister of West Bengal. He was famous for his revolutionary views. He was one of the founders of Oswal Youth society of Calcutta. He remained the editor of ‘Oswal’ for many years.