Gujrat history is spanned around 2500 years old. The city was founded by Raja Bachan Pal Gurjar in 460 BC. Gujrat’s historical name was Odha Nagri, when Raja of Sialkot Bhaddar Sain wife invaded the area, she changed the town’s name to Gujar Nagri.
Akbar the great Mughal Emperor used the route via Gujrat used to journey to Kashmir. The prominent tribes of Gujrat, Jatt and Gujjar mostly fought with each other for the pieces of land. Jatt and Gujjar were mostly serving in Akbar’s Army. The Mughal Empire was worried about the fight because many Gujjar and Jatt were serving as officers in the army of Akbar. So the lands were allotted to the Jatt and Gujjar. To the Kashmir side, most of the Gujjar resided and the belt of the river was received to the Jatt. The area belonging to the Gujjar was called “gojjar” and the area belonging to the Jatt was called “Jatatar”. Those days Gujrat known as “Gujjar Jatt”. Later on, it began to be called as “Gujrat” with the change in period time and dialect. This name is being used till today.
The historical battle between Alexander the Great and Raja Porus was fought in 327 BC at the place called “Tibba Mong”, Phalia, Mandi Bahauddin which was part of the Gujrat. Alexander was partially defeated and went back for the first time in his fought battles by the Elephant Army of Raja Porus. Alexander’s historical horse “Philadelphia” got injured and later died in the battle. Philadelphia was buried there and the name Phalia was named after the horse’s name Philadelphia.