The Nagavanshi were rulers from the Indian subcontinent, in the area of present-day Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha. Nagavanshi is a house of warriors claiming descendancy from Nagas. The Nagas were mentioned as an snake-worshipping tribe of ancient India.
Nagavanshi are one of the five principal houses of the Kshatriya varna, or warrior–ruling caste. Chandravanshi (Lunar dynasty) claim descent from the moon (Soma or Chandra), while the other principal houses, the Solar Dynasty (Suryavanshi) claims descent from the sun (surya) and Rishivanshi from Brahmin Rishs, Agnivansha claim descent from Agni, the Vedic god of fire, Nagvanshi claim descent from Nagas. Nairs of Kerala, some Jats of north India are claimed to be the Nagavanshis.
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