The emergence of Rajputs was the outcomes of the death of Harshavardhana and the breakup of Pratihara Empire. They dominated the Indian political scene nearly 500 years from the 7th century. They belong to the patrilineal clans of the Indian subcontinent. They rule over Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar as warriors, entrepreneurs, and zamindar (land owners).
‘Rajput’ is derivative of a Sanskrit word raj-putra which means “son of a king”. Rajput were recognized for their bravery, faithfulness and royalty. They were the warriors who fought in the battles and took care of the governing functions. The Rajput originated from western, eastern, northern India and from some parts of Pakistan. Rajput enjoyed their eminence during the 6th to 12th centuries. Until 20th century Rajput ruled in trounce majority in the princely states of Rajasthan and Surashtra.
The Chandela or Chandel is a Rajput clan in Central India. The word Chandela is said to have evolved from Chandratreya which is a mix of two words demonstrating the heredity, Chandra vamsa and Atreya gotra. An area of the Chandelas which was otherwise called Chandela Dynasty led a great part of the Bundelkhand district of central India for long period of time between the 10th and the thirteenth century AD. The Chandel dynasty is known in Indian history for Maharaja Rao Vidyadhara, who spurned the assaults of Mahmud of Ghazni.