Rajput clans

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The Rajputs are a community of Hindus belonging to the Kshatriya or warrior varna.

The main lineages

The rajputs are divided into 36 clans, each clan belonging to one of three basic lineages (vanshas or vamshas):

  1. the Suryavanshi lineage, claiming descent from Surya, the Hindu Sun-god or in English it is known as Solar Dynasty;
  2. the Chandravanshi lineage, claiming descent from Chandra, the Hindu Moon-god or in English it is known as Lunar Dynasty;
  3. the Agnivanshi lineage, claiming descent from Agni, the Hindu god of fire.Four Rajput clans are considered to be Agnivanshi.They are Chauhans, Paramara, Solanki and Pratiharas.


  • A. K. Warder (1972), "An Introduction to Indian Historiography".
  • Upendra Thakur (1974), "Some aspects of Ancient India History and culture"

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