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In the northern part of India, the Rathore (or Rathaur or Rathor or Rathur or Rathod or Rathour or Rahtore) is a Rajput clan whose members ruled several states (see below). The Rathores claim descent from the mythical Suryavansha (Solar dynasty).
- Gaj Singh, politician and a member of the former ruling family of Jodhpur
- Jodha of Mandore, founder of Jodhpur.
- General Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh, the only "non-White" member of the British Imperial War Cabinet during World War I.
- Jaswant Singh of Marwar, 16th-century ruler of Marwar.
- Maldeo Rathore, 16th-century ruler of Marwar.
- Phool Bai Rathore, 16th-century sixth wife of Maharana Pratap
- Durgadas Rathore, 17th-century warrior who freed Marwar from Mughal occupation.
- Jadu Nath Singh, fourth recipient of Param Vir Chakra
- Chandrasen Rathore, one of the few Indian kings in the 15th century who opposed the Mughal emperor Akbar.
- Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, veteran Indian shooter and politician; won a silver medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Rathore is an aakhand Rajput and shan of Hindustan. The various cadet branches of the Rathore clan gradually spread to encompass all of Marwar and later sallied abroad to found states in Central India and Gujarat. At the time of India's independence in 1947, the princely states ruled by various branches of the Rathore clan included:
- Jodhpur (Marwar): covering the present-day districts of Jodhpur, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer(Mahechas)
- Bikaner: Covering the present-day districts of Bikaner, Churu, Ganganagar and Hanumangarh;
- Kishangarh in present-day Rajasthan, founded in 1611 by Raja Kishan Singh, son of Udai Singh of Marwar & balawat Rathore
- Idar in present-day Gujarat, founded in 1728 or 1729.
- Ratlam in present-day Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh, founded 1651.
- Jhabua in present-day Madhya Pradesh
- Sitamau in present-day Mandsaur District of Madhya Pra, founded 1701 by Raja Kesho Das.
- Sailana in present-day Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh, founded in 1730 by Raja Jai Singh.
- Alirajpur in present-day Madhya Pradesh
Families belonging to Rathore clan also ruled the following kingdoms and principalities:
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- Shooter Rathore strikes silver
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