Rajput origin in South India

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  1. Bhoja

    Bhoja Regular Member

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    According to the Indian historian Yashwant Malaiya some Rajput clans originated in south India.
    He said: "Some of the Rajput clans originated from Maharashtra/Karnataka region with absolute certainty. Some of the others are, to the best of my knowledge, branches of clans that originated from Maharashtra/Karnataka". He adds, "We should note that emergence of Rajputs coincides with expansion of Rashtrakutas and Chalukyas into western/northern India."
    Malaiya adds further, "around the same time lineages of Jain Bharratakas (Sarasvati-Gachchha-Balatkara-Gana as well as Pustaka-gachchha-Desiya-Gana) appeared in North India".
    It is interesting to know that Rashtrakutas were great patrons of Jainism.So no wonder, the Jain Bhattarak seats of south India got a scope in Rajasthan-Gujarat-Malwa regions."

    Origin of some Rajputs
    During the rule of the south Indian Rashtrakuta Dynasty and Chalukya Dynasty (7th-12th century) on Gujarat, Malwa and Rajasthan, many families relating to these dynasties migrated from South to this region. The Paramara Rajput Kingdom of Malwa was established by the south Indian Rashtrakuta Dynasty and the Solanki kingdom of Gujarat was established by the south Indian Chalukya Dynasty.
    Some of their descendants are known as Rathore (Rathod). The word Rathod is derived from the original Marahatti language word Ratthawud.
    Later the descendants were divided into various clans, namely Gahadwal, Bundela, Chandela and Parmar(Paramara).
    So origin of the clans Rathore, Gahadwal, Bundela, Chandela and Parmar is possibly in Maharashtra and North Karnataka.

    Rathore clan of Rajasthan origin in south India:
    Its possible that the Rathore Dynasty of Rajasthan is related to the Rashtrakuta Dynasty.
    The Rathores of Jodhpur claim descent from Gahadwal Jaichand.
    Kannauj has been ruled by both Rashtrakutas and Gahadavals at
    different times.
    Rashtrakuta Indra III had defeated Pratiharas and taken Kannauj from
    them. A Chalukya inscription, dated 1050 A.D. associates the Rashtrakuta dynasty with Kannauj.
    The Gahadavala dynasty was founded by Chandradeva in 1097. Two
    ancestors of Chandradeva are known. Historians believe that they were a branch of the Rashtrakutas.
     
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  3. Kunal Biswas

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    I heard there are Kashmiri Rajputs too..
     
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    There is no such thing as absolute certainty (well there is theoretically). Absolute certainty means one hypothesis has a probability of one, and all the other hypotheses, and there are quite a few of them, have a probability of zero each.

    I don't buy that.
     
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    I dont under the fad to be associated with Rajputs.
     
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    The origins of Rathores is still a mystery and there still not many evidences which proves any things conclusive.
    All are just theories.
     
  8. Bhoja

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    This is not my theory but this is the theory of Yashwant Malaiya.
    Anyway some Rajputs like the Solankis, Chalukyas of Gujarat and the Paramara Rajputs seem to have originated in south India.
    The Paramara kingdom of Malwa was established by the south Indian Rashrakuta Dynasty in the 8th century and the Paramara Rajputs also claim in their own records that they were of the same clan as the Rashtrakutas.
    The Solanki Rajput Dynasty of Gujarat was established by the south Indian Chalukya Dynasty.
    But other Rajputs like the Chauhans are more closely related to the north Indian Pratihara Dynasty.
    The origin of the Rathore clan is indeed still a mystery.
     
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    There are rajputs in PoK and Jammu.
     
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    Those are not mere theories. I'm a Rathore myself and I've been doing some digging. :p
    Pandit Bishweshwar Nath Reu had long ago concluded the following on solid basis of inscriptions, edicts and grants:
    Rathores are a branch of Gahadvals and became their tributaries. Rathores first known stronghold is Baduan, 120 km northwest of Kannauj.
    Gahadvals were in turn a branch of Rashtrakutas
    According to Reu, Rashtrakutas were first the settlers of Punjab. Then they moved west and south into Kannauj and Deccan respectively.

    Quoting some of the many evidences:
    Stone inscription of Raja Dantidurga, fixed in the Dashavatara temple of the Ellora caves, contains the line
    "न वेत्ति खलु काः क्षित्तौ प्रकट राष्ट्रकूटानवया"
    Meaning - "Who is not aware of the world famous Rashtrakuta race".

    In the word "Rashtrakuta", "Rashtra" means Kingdom and "Kuta" lofty/excellent. Thus Rashtrakuta literally means a great Kingdom.
    Owing to the divergence of dialects there have been many corrupt forms of Rashtrakuta prevalant, such as - Rathavara, Rathavada, Rathaura, Rathauda, Rathada, Rathoda.
    The inscriptions of Rashtrakutas contain "Ratta" as the second name of their tribe. Now, the Ashokan edicts while talking of provinces of the emperor mention the term Rashtrika/Rathika just after the Kamboja and Gandhara.
    One of them goes like यवन कंबोज गांधारण रठिकानं पिथिनिक्नम येवपि अपरांत
    aRatta is known as an ancient tribe of Punjab. The term is also used as a province (denoting ancient Punjab) in Mahabharata.
    aRattas are known to have been in Punjab til Alexander's invasion. According to Reu the aRattas and Rashtrakutas are related. Rashtrakutas are known to have ruled in Kannauj 5th century A.D and before and ruled Deccan in 6th century A.D.
    The copper grant of Trilochanapala Solanki of Lata from 1051 A.D. states that Chalukya the prime ancestor of Solankis had married the daughter of Rashtrakuta king of Kannauj.
    The copper grant of SolankI Rajaraja of the Deccan 1053 A.D. informs that "after king Udayana, 59 kings of his dynasty ruled over Ayodhya.
    The last of these was Vijayaditya who founded the Solanki kingdom in the south. His 16 descendants ruled in the Deccan"
    After that the Solanki Kingdom passed to Rashtrakutas. Further proven by Solanki Copper grants of 1024 and 1077 A.D. from Miraj and Yevur respectively. They mention that Jayasimha solanki defeated Rashtrakuta Indraraja, again obtained the kingdom of the Chalukya dynasty.
    Kirtivarman the great grandson of this Jayasimha solanki asecended the throne in 566-67 A.D. There by placing his great grand father Jayasimha solanki and Rashtrakuta rule in deccan to first half of 6th century A.D.

    Navasari Copper grant of Indra III dated 914 A.D. the Rashtrakuta King Amoghavarsha is described as the promoter of prosperity of "Ratta" people.

    Kirtipal Chauhan's Nadol Copper grant dated 1161 A.D. mentions the dynasty's name as "Rashtrauda".

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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  11. Bhoja

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    Great post
     

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