He was eulogised in the Mahabharata epic as the perfect Kshatriya warrior. He conquered many powerful kingdoms in the Mahabharata epic and was the main lead in the battle field of Kurukshetra.
History Origins The origin of the Rajputs has been a much-debated topic among the historians.
Colonial-era writers characterised them as descendants of the foreign invaders such as the Scythians or the Hunasand believed that the Agnikula myth was invented to conceal their foreign origin.
Vaidyabelieved the Rajputs to be descendants of the ancient Vedic Aryan Kshatriyas. According to some scholars, it was reserved for the immediate relatives of a king; others believe that it was used by a larger group of high-ranking men.
Rather, it emerged when different social groups of medieval India sought to legitimize their newly acquired political power by claiming Kshatriya status. These groups started identifying as Rajput at different times, in different ways.
Historian Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya, based on his analysis of inscriptions primarily from Rajasthanbelieved that by the 12th century, the term "rajaputra" was associated with fortified settlements, kin-based landholding, and other features that later became indicative of the Rajput status.
Bednar, concludes that the designations such as "rajaputra", " thakkura " and " rauta " were not necessarily hereditary during this period.
As the various Rajput chiefs became Mughal feduatories, they no longer engaged in major conflicts with each other. This decreased the possibility of achieving prestige through military action, and made hereditary prestige more important.
They compiled the Rajput genealogies in the process of settling land disputes, surveying castes and tribes, and writing history. These genealogies became the basis of distinguishing between the "genuine" and the "spurious" Rajput clans.
This and the internecine jostling for position that took place when a clan leader raja died meant that Rajput politics were fluid and prevented the formation of a coherent Rajput empire.
Although the Rajput identity did not exist at this time, these lineages were classified as aristocratic Rajput clans in the later times. In the 15th century, the Muslim sultans of Malwa and Gujarat put a joint effort to overcome the Mewar ruler Rana Kumbha but both the sultans were defeated.
A prominent example of these rules included the re-imposition of Jaziyawhich had been abolished by Akbar. Aurangzeb's conflicts with the Rajputs, which commenced in the early s, henceforth became a contributing factor towards the downfall of the Mughal empire. The medieval bardic chronicles kavya and masnavi glorified the Rajput past, presenting warriorhood and honour as Rajput ideals.
This later became the basis of the British reconstruction of the Rajput history and the nationalist interpretations of Rajputs' struggles with the Muslim invaders.
Rajast'han exhibits the sole example in the history of mankind, of a people withstanding every outrage barbarity could inflict, or human nature sustain, from a foe whose religion commands annihilation; and bent to the earth, yet rising buoyant from the pressure, and making calamity a whetstone to courage Not an iota of their religion or customs have they lost Although the group venerate him to this day, he is viewed by many historians since the late nineteenth century as being a not particularly reliable commentator.
It was believed that the Rajputs were the primary adherents to these practices, which the British Raj considered savage and which provided the initial impetus for British ethnographic studies of the subcontinent that eventually manifested itself as a much wider exercise in social engineering.
Rajputs have served in our ranks from Plassey to the present day They have taken part in almost every campaign undertaken by the Indian armies. Under Forde they defeated the French at Condore.
Under Monro at Buxar they routed the forces of the Nawab of Oudh. Under Lake they took part in the brilliant series of victories which destroyed the power of the Marathas. Rajput rulers of the 22 princely states of Rajputana acceded to newly independent India, amalgamated into the new state of Rajasthan in — The estates, treasures, and practices of the old Rajput rulers now form a key part of Rajasthan's tourist trade and cultural memory.
This means that they have no access to reservations here. Rajput clans The term "Rajput" denotes a cluster of castes,  clans, and lineages.
On the other hand, the Rajput communities living in the region to the east of Rajasthan had a fluid and inclusive nature. The Rajputs of Rajasthan eventually refused to acknowledge the Rajput identity claimed by their eastern counterparts,  such as the Bundelas.
The kul serves as the primary identity for many of the Rajput clans, and each kul is protected by a family goddess, the kuldevi. Lindsey Harlan notes that in some cases, shakhs have become powerful enough to be functionally kuls in their own right.
However,after the revolt of by the Bengal sepoys, the British indian army shifted recruitment to the Punjab.
Another affirmation of the Rajput's reverence for his sword was the Karga Shapna "adoration of the sword" ritual, performed during the annual Navaratri festival, after which a Rajput is considered "free to indulge his passion for rapine and revenge".
In the past this ritual was considered a rite of passage for young Rajput men.A Rajput (from Sanskrit raja-putra, “son of a king”) is a member of one of the patrilineal clans of western, central, northern India and some parts of Pakistan.
They claim to be descendants of ruling Hindu warrior classes of North India. Rajputs rose to prominence during the 6th to 12th centuries. This gave the Janjua Shahiya emperors a territory from Ghandar (present day Kandahar, in Afghanistan) across the entire of Punjab in what was known as the second phase of the Hindu Shahiya, the Janjua Shahi Dynasty. Jayapala was challenged[when?] by the armies of Sabuktigin and his son, Mahmud of Ghazni.
Aug 08, · The Janjua (also spelt Janjooa, Janjuha, Janjuah) is a caste found among the Sikh, Muslim and Hindu Rajput communities of Pakistan and India. Demographics Janjuas are spread throughout the Punjab and in adjacent regions. The vast majority of Janjua are Muslim and live in eastern Pakistan where they are addressed by their hereditary title of Raja.
Hindu Rajput code dictates that Rajputs can only marry amongst other Rajputs. However, tradition of marriages into only one group or clan because of caste reasons is not permitted in Islam. This led to a great change in the traditional Rajput marital policy. Muslim Rajputs therefore started to marry from other dominant aristocratic Muslim clans.
Janjuas and The Sikhs. Raja Shabat Khan, the great-grandson of Malik Darwesh Khan Janjua, allied with Maha Singh in many campaigns of the late 18th ashio-midori.com his death, the Sikh chief Atar Singh Dhari assassinated Khan's heir, Raja Ghulam Muhi-ud-din Khan.
The Janjua then rebelled, having realised that the intent was to replace the old aristocracies. This journal is dedicated to profile the ethnohistory of the Shoorsaini or Saini community of Punjab whose ancestry is traced to Yaduvanshi-Tomara Rajputs of Mathura, Delhi and Eastern Rajputana.
In addition, this journal also publishes academic grade articles about ancient Indian history, Rajput history, Sikh history or any other topic of ethnohistoric significance in Indian subcontinent.