Rajputs of Gujarat
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The Rajputs form an important element in the Hindu population of the state of Gujarat in India. They are also known as the Darbars, especially in the Kathiawar and Kutch regions. The word rajah putra literally means son of a king in Sanskrit.
History and origin 
Although the term Rajput only became common in the tenth century, a number of clans that later became known as Rajput rose to prominence in the 7th century. The word Rajput literally means son of a king in the Sanskrit language. It was extended to cover any Hindu clan that ruled in west India. The regions that now form Gujarat have at various times been ruled by a number of dynasties, all which from the 10th century onwards claimed to Rajputs.
Several clans that rose to prominence in the 7th Century, such as the Chudasama, Chavda, Chauhan, Parihar, Parmar and Solanki later came to be known as Rajput. The last major Rajput clan to settle in Gujarat were the Jadejas , who arrived from Sindh. In addition to being divided into clans, the Rajputs are divided into two categories, the Rajput proper and the Girasia, who are known as Darbar in Saurashtra and Rajput in Kutch and Gujarat. In addition, there are also various allied groups such as the Vantia, Jinkara, Karadia, Nadoda, Purbiya, BavanGol, Gujjar, Maiya and Khant.
In terms of distribution, the Chauhan are found in Baroda, Bharuch, Banaskantha, Kheda and Panchmahal, the Chudasama are found in Bhal, Kutch, Junagadh and Jamnagar, the Chavda are found in Ghandhinagar, Kheda and Mehsana, the Gohil are found in Bhavnagar & Khmbhat, the Jadeja, who are the most numerous clan are found mainly in Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Banaskantha. The Parmar are one of the chief clans found among the Rajputs, and are found in north Gujarat, Bharuch, Kathiawar and Kutch and are divided into many sub-clans, the Barad, Gor, Mori, Rehvar Raj-Parmar Sodha and Tank. Other clans include the Solanki in Kheda, Mehsana and Sabarkantha, the Rathore also on Sabarkantha, the Mahida in Baroda, Bharuch, Kheda & Anand, the Devda in Banaskantha, the Padhiyar and Sarvaiyya in Bhavnagar , the Vala in twelve villages in Rajkot and Talaja(Bhavnagar), the Bhati in Banaskantha and Sabarkantha, the Sisodia in Kheda, Anand & Sabarkantha, and the Vaghela in Gandhinagar, Mahesana, Patan, Sanand and Kutch-Kathiawar.
- People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1173-1180