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|Branches||Katewa, Karkotaka, Kikat, Kikata, Kikatwa|
|Language||Hindi and Rajasthani|
Katewa is a gotra of Jats found in Rajasthan, India. The Katewa gotra people are also settled in Sindh, Pakistan. They are descendants of Karkotaka, a Nagavanshi king. They were inhabiting Kikata Kingdom, during Mahabharata period. While some historians suggests that they belong to Yadu vansh. In fact they are Karkotaka or Vakataka Yadavas. The group of people developed their Vamsha according to their system of worship of Devas and Nāgas. The worshippers of Karka Naga were known as Karkotaka. Thus, Karkotaka was a Nagavanshi king. The descendants of Karkotaka are still found in Jats of Rajasthan as Katewa clan.
It is believed that these were the people who lost maximum heads in war with Yavanas and hence were known as Katewas like Shishodia in Rajputs.
The Katli River that flows in Jhunjhunu was named after them. There was a Janapada of Katewas on its banks. There is place called Khudana on the banks of Katni River where there was a fort ruled by Katewas.
Some historians mention their presence in Jaipur region where they were called Kachwaha. Some of these people did not believe in widow remarriage and became Rajputs and migrated to Narwar. Rest who did not leave their old traditions remained Jats.
Karkotaka in Indian epics
Katewa (कटेवा) may be identified with one of The Mahabharata Tribes Karkotaka (कर्कॊटक). Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 9, mentions names of chief Nagavanshi kings who attended the Sabha of Yudhishthira. Karkotaka was one of them.
- Rama Shankar Tripathi (1987). History of ancient India. p. 344. ISBN 81-208-0018-4.
- Sandhya Jain (2004). Adideo Arya Devata, A Panoramic view of Tribal-Hindu Cultural Interface. Rupa & Co. p. 130.