designates all the clans who thronged the Rajasthan many centuries ago. Some claim that they come from a solar origin, others from a lunar one. Famous families founded lasting dynasties : Gurjara-Pratîhâra, Chandella, Râshtrakûta, Châlukya, Pâramâra, etc. Being excellent warriors, the Rajput princes took the title of Râja (King) then Mahârâja (Great King); they opposed strong resistance to the muslim invaders, the Moghols. But they were also able to find mutual agreements with the Delhi Moghol power, which permitted them to largely defend their independance
Rajput (from the Sanskrit tatpurusha compound , "son of a king") is a Caste among Hindus in India, Pakistan and Nepal. They claim descent from the ancient royal warrior dynasties of India and have roots to Rajputana, which is a part of Rajasthan. They are numerous in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,Gujarat, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Delhi in India.