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Rajput clans

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The Rajputs are a community of Hindus, who claim belonging to the Kshatriya or warrior varna.[1][2]

The main lineages

The Rajputs are divided into 36 clans, each clan belonging to one of three basic lineages (vanshas or vamshas):[3]

  1. the Suryavanshi lineage, claiming descent from Surya, the Hindu Sun-god or in English it is known as Solar Dynasty;[4]
  2. the Chandravanshi lineage, claiming descent from Chandra, the Hindu Moon-god or in English it is known as Lunar Dynasty;[4]
  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.[4]

But, these legends are mere myths with little factual support and are not mentioned in Vedas.[5]

References

  1. ^ Sailendra Nath Sen (1999). Ancient Indian History and Civilization. New Age International. p. 307. ISBN 9788122411980. 
  2. ^ J.L. Mehta (2009). Vol. Iii: Medieval Indian Society And Culture. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 61. ISBN 9788120704329. 
  3. ^ Jai Narayan Asopa (1990). A socio-political and economic study, northern India. Prateeksha Publications. p. 89. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Barbara N. Ramusack (2003). The Indian Princes and their States, The New Cambridge History of India. Cambridge University Press. p. 14. ISBN 9781139449083. 
  5. ^ M. K. Agarwa (2012). From Bharata to India: The Rape of Chrysee. iUniverse. p. 121. ISBN 9781475907681. 
  • A. K. Warder (1972), "An Introduction to Indian Historiography".
  • Upendra Thakur (1974), "Some aspects of Ancient India History and culture"

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