Chakdina also called Dinachak is a village in Kharian Tehsil of Gujrat District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated at about five km westwards from the town of Lalamusa. Its coordinates are 32.7032189, 73.8749823.

Chakdina which previously fell in the Ganja Union Council now is part of Kotla Qasim Khan Union Council. Other villages in this Union Council are Saida Baraham, Sukhchaina, Chakori Khurd, Thurgala and Jalaldin.

EtymologyEdit

The name Chakdina is combination of words 'Chak' meaning village and 'Dina' meaning of Allahdin. The first inhabitant of the village Chaudhry Allahdin was nicknamed Dina hence Chakdina became the name of the village. There are other villages in the area which have names of the same pattern like Chak Ikhlas and Chak Rajjadi.

HistoryEdit

Many people still refer to the old name of the village which was Dinachak. It was founded in eighteenth century by Chaudhry Allahdin, a direct descendant of Raja Jaipal at the site of Shahpur, a deserted city.

British India (BI) Steam Navigation Company (registered in 1856 as the Calcutta & Burmah Steam Navigation Company and got new name in 1862) borrowed the name Chakdina from this village to name two of its ships. Chakdina (1) built in 1914 was bombed and sunk in Mediterranean in 1941.[1] Chakdina (2) built in 1951 was transferred to Peninsular and Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company in 1973, in 1975 it was renamed Strathlairg and it was scrapped in Taiwan in 1977.[2]

The total agricultural land of the village is 1,350 acres (5.5 km2). In 1966, after the Mangla Dam was built, some people from Mirpur (Azad Jammu and Kashmir) migrated to the village and inhabited a new locality namely 'Chak Fazal Shah' within the revenue limits of Chakdina. They also purchased some agricultural land from the people of Chakdina. In exchange for some land, they helped its owners to send their sons to England for job. As such five boys of the village were sent to England who later settled there. Some overseas workers belonging to this village have also settled in other European countries such as Norway, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal and in North America.

PopulationEdit

Presently, most of the current population of the village, traces its descent from Chaudhry Allahdin who belonged to the Kundowana sub-caste of the Gujars. However, the village also has other sub-castes of Gujars like Porr, Machiwal etc. The village also has Syed and Kashmiri families. According to 2017 population census, village's population is 1,628 which includes 782 males and 846 females.

SchoolsEdit

The village has middle schools for girls and boys.

TombsEdit

There are tombs of Sain Khaki Shah,Hafiz Jaan Muhammad and Sain Bahawal Sher in the village.

Bazaar DinaychakianEdit

One of the famous bazaars in the town of Lalamusa is named after Chakdina and is called Bazaar Dinaychakian. Dinaychakian means, in Punjabi, the people of Dinachak. This bazaar was inhabited by Bagh Sha, a Hindu who migrated from Chakdina to Lalamusa in 1929. The first building in the bazaar was Haveli Bagh Sha. Some parts of this building are still present in original form.

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