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For other uses, see Parihar (disambiguation).

The Parihar (also spelled Parhar and Pratihara) are a Rajput clan of India. They are an Agnivanshi clan.[1][2]

The stone plate of Rana Kakkuk of Dhatiyala also verify that Parihara are descendants of Lakshmana.

रहुतिलओं‍ पडिहारों आसी सिरि लक्खणोत्रि रामस्य

तेण पड़िहार वन्सो समुणई एत्थ सम्पत्तो

The copper-plate grants of Pratihar Rajput bear an emblem of the Sun and on their seals too, this symbol is depicted.[3] Also, the Pratihar Rajput title of honor is Mihir which means Sun.[4]

A 1966 book published by the Directorate of Public Relations of Rajasthan mentions that the rulers of this dynasty came to be known as the Pratiharas, because they guarded the north-western borders of the Indian subcontinent against foreign invasions.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Unnithan-Kumar, Maya (1997). Identity, Gender, and Poverty: New Perspectives on Caste and Tribe in Rajasthan. Berghahn Books. pp. 135–136. ISBN 9781571819185. 
  2. ^ Bakshi, S. R.; Gajrani, S.; Singh, Hari, eds. (2005). Early Aryans to Swaraj. New Delhi: Sarup & Sons. p. 324. ISBN 81-7625-537-8. 
  3. ^ Delhi: Motilal Banarasidass, Pandeya, Lalata Prasada (1971), Sun-worship in ancient India, p. 245 
  4. ^ Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Saraswati, Chandrasekharendra, Śri Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya's Saundaryalaharī, Jagatguru Sankaracharya of Kamakoti (2001), p. 339