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The Pachranga flag of the former Jaipur state. Prior to the adoption of the Pachrang (5 coloured) flag by Raja Man Singh I of Amber after defeating 5 Afghan tribe's in the war, the original flag of the Kachwahas was known as the "Jharshahi (tree-marked) flag".
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1688–1743) one of the Greatest Kachhwaha Ruler.
Chandrama Hal in City Palace, Jaipur, which was built by the Kachwaha Rajputs.

The Kachhwaha is a Rajput clan found primarily in India.[1][2] Sometimes families within the clan ruled a number of kingdoms and princely states, such as Jaipur, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Alwar and Maihar.

Subclans

Rajawat, Shekhawat, Naruka, Khangarot, Nathawat, Dhirawat, etc. are subclans of Kachwahas of Jaipur House.

Clan deities

Jamway Mata is their Clan Goddess (kuldevi). Historical temple dedicated to Jamway Mata is present in Jamwaramgarh sub-division of Jaipur District, Rajasthan. This temple was built by Raja Dulhe Rai Kachawaha after he won battle due to Goddess's blessings.

Etymology

According to Cynthia Talbot, the meaning of word Kachhwaha is tortoise.[3]

Origin

There are many theories on the origin of the Kachhwahas.

  1. Suryavansh Dynasty or Ikshwaku Dynasty or Raghuvansh Dynasty : Kachwaha claim descent from Kusha, a son of the avatar of Vishnu, Rama, as expressed by them citing historical documents during the Supreme court of India proceedings on Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.[4] Ish Devji a Kachhwaha Raja of outstanding merit, with his capital at Gwalior, is recorded to have died in 967 A.D. Brahmin genealogists place him as being the three hundred & third generation after Ikshwaku. The Kachhwahas of Amber are descendants of Ish Devji. According to Rima Hooja, the Kachhwaha word became popular in the late 16th century during the reign of Raja Man Singh. There are many inscriptions and manuscripts which prove this theory, like the ones found in Balvan, Chatsu, Sanganer and Rewasa.[5]
  2. Another view-point is that the Kachhawahas claim descent from Vishnu's turtle avatar.[6]

History

Kachhwaha established their kingdoms in the Dhundhar region of modern Rajasthan in the 11th century. One Kachhwaha Dulha Rai conquered most of the dhundhar area from Bargujars Rajputs. His descendant Raja Pajawan helped Prithviraj Chauhan in his most of the campaigns and conquests. Kachhwaha King Prithviraj Singh I fought along with Rana Sanga at battle of Khanwa.[7] Kachhwahas are the descendants of Kachchhapaghatas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.[8]

Notable people

Amer Kingdom

Jaipur State

Alwar State

  • Rao Raja Pratap Singh
  • Rao Raja Bakhtawar Singh
  • Rao Raja Balwant Singh
  • Rao Raja Viney Singh
  • Rao Raja Sheodan Singh
  • HH Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Mangal Singh
  • Colonel HH Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Jai Singh
  • Colonel HH Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singh
  • HH Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Jitendra Singh
  • Rajkumari Bhuvneshwari Kumari

Shekhawati Region

References

Notes

Citations

  1. ^ Textbook of Indian History and Culture, By Sailendra Nath Sen pg.167
  2. ^ The Rajput Palaces: The Development of an Architectural Style, 1450-1750 pg.88 — "the Kachwaha Rajputs ( who had previously ruled in Gwalior ) established themselves in an adjacent region , founding Dhundar as their capital in 967 AD ISBN 9780195647303."[1]
  3. ^ Talbot, Cynthia (2015). "Imagining the Rajput Past in Mughal–era Mewar". The Last Hindu Emperor: Prithviraj Cauhan and the Indian Past, 1200–2000 (illustrated ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 146–182. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316339893.006. ISBN 9781316339893. This is a reference to Pajjun's family name, Kachhwaha, which means tortoise
  4. ^ "Citing historical documents, Jaipur royals claim to be descendants of Lord Rama". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  5. ^ History of Rajasthan by Rima Hooja Section:The Kachwahas of Dhoondhar pg.2 ISBN 9788129108906
  6. ^ Kapur, Nandini Sinha (2007). "Minas Seeking a Place in History". In Bel, Bernard; Brouwer, Jan; Das, Biswajit; Parthasarathi, Vibodh; Poitevin, Guy (eds.). The Social and the Symbolic: Volume II. Sage. p. 139. ISBN 978-8132101178. The Kachhawahas claim origin from the Kurma (tortoise) avatar of Vishnu (Bhatnagar 1974: 1–4).
  7. ^ Sarkar, Jadunath (1994). A History of Jaipur: C. 1503-1938. Orient Blackswan. pp. 20–33. ISBN 978-81-250-0333-5.
  8. ^ Wink, André (2002). Al-hind: The Making of the Indo-islamic World. BRILL. p. 287. ISBN 978-90-04-09249-5.

Further reading

  • Bayley C. (1894) Chiefs and Leading Families In Rajputana
  • Henige, David (2004). Princely states of India;A guide to chronology and rulers
  • Jyoti J. (2001) Royal Jaipur
  • Krishnadatta Kavi, Gopalnarayan Bahura(editor) (1983) Pratapa Prakasa, a contemporary account of life in the court at Jaipur in the late 18th century
  • Khangarot, R.S., and P.S. Nathawat (1990). Jaigarh- The invincible Fort of Amber
  • Topsfield, A. (1994). Indian paintings from Oxford collections
  • Tillotson, G. (2006). Jaipur Nama, Penguin books