Chandela

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Chandela dynasty
10th century AD–13th century AD
Capital Khajuraho
Kalinjar
Mahoba
Languages Sanskrit
Hindustani
Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
Jainism
Government Monarchy
Rao Nannuka
 -  1017–1029 Vidyadhara
Keerat Pal Singh
Historical era Classical India
 -  Established 10th century AD
 -  Disestablished 13th century AD

The Chandela or Chandel is an Indian royal Rajput clan found in Central and north-west India. A section of the Chandelas which was also known as Chandela Dynasty ruled much of the Bundelkhand region of central India for long periods between the 10th and the 13th centuries AD. The Chandel dynasty is famous in Indian history for Maharaja Rao Vidyadhara, who repulsed the attacks of Mahmud of Ghazni. His love for sculptures is shown in the world heritage site temples of Khajuraho and Kalinjar fort.

In modern times, the Chandela Rajputs are found in large numbers in India and are Hindu as well as Sikh in their religious faith.

The word Chandela is an evolute of Chandratreya, combination of two words indicating the lineage Chandra vamsa and Atreya gotra.

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