Chawda dynasty

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The Chavda dynasty (Chawda, Chavada, Chapa, Chaparana, Chapokata) was a Hindu Kshatriya family line that ruled northern Gujarat from 746 to 942. The members seem to have been one of the ruling clans of the Gurjars.[1][2]


There were five Chavda kings after Vanraj. The last king Samantsinh Chavda did not have any children so he adopted his nephew Mulraj Solanki who overthrew him in 942 and set up what came to be known as the Solanki dynasty.[3]

In Saurahstra, Chavda kings once held sway over Port of Diu, Dwarka, Wadhwan, Prabhash Patan, Shiyalbet, Harshad (Minalpur), Chorwad, Koylana-Ghed, okha etc. Further, Varsoda Principality in Gujarat was ruled by Chavda kings until independence of India.[4]

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  1. ^ Vaidya, Chintaman Vinayak (1979). History of mediaeval Hindu India 1. Cosmo Publications. p. 355. 
  2. ^ Peter N. Stearns; William Leonard Langer (2001). The Encyclopedia of world history: ancient, medieval, and modern, chronologically arranged. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 132. ISBN 0-395-65237-5, ISBN 978-0-395-65237-4. 
  3. ^ Gir Forest and the Saga of the Asiatic Lion By Sudipta Mitra. 2005. p. 14. 
  4. ^ Gujarat State Gazetteers: Mehsana -1975- Page 127