Katoch

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Katoch is the name of a Rajput clan belonging to the Chandravanshi lineage. Their traditional areas of residence was Trigarta Kingdom, Jalandhar, Multan i.e. the areas of residence are mainly in the Indian states of Punjab, Punjab hills (Himachal Pradesh) . Katoch Dynasty is an offshoot of Trigratraje Dynasty.

The Katoch dynasty[1] is considered to be the oldest surviving royal dynasty in the world.[2] They first find mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and the second mention is in the recorded history of Alexander the Great's war records. One of the Indian kings who in the time of Alexander ruled the area near Kangra is said to be a Katoch king. In Mahabharata they are referred to as Trigarta who fought Arjuna. Raja Susarma Chandra fought Pandava Arjuna. He was an ally of Duryodhana and sworn enemy of the Virat and Matsya Kingdoms.

In past centuries, they ruled several princely states in the region. The originator of the clan was Rajanaka Bhumi Chand.[3] Their famous Maharaja Sansar Chand II was a great ruler. The ruler Rajanaka Bhumi Chand Katoch founded the Jwalaji Temple in Himachal Pradesh.

The history of the Katoch Dynasty has been showcased at the Maharaja Sansar Chand Museum adjoining the Kangra Fort. The Museum provides audio guides for the fort and the museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Brentnall, The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire: Himachal Pradesh, page 312
  2. ^ Dharam Prakash Gupta, "Seminar on Katoch dynasty trail". Himachal Plus. On line.
  3. ^ Mark Brentnall, The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire: Himachal Pradesh, page 312

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