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.
These are Chandravanshi Rajputs; i.e., the descendents of Soma that means moon in Sanskrit. The bases of Chandela Rajput can be tracked to Sapai, which was prevalently known as Samapada Nagar. The designation given to them was Rao. They are the chief inherited title holders of Kanpur locale. An area of the Chandelas which was otherwise called Chandela Dynasty managed a significant part of the Bundelkhand district of central India for a stretch of 9th and the 13th centuries AD. Khajuraho was their first capital city which was later shifted to Mahotsava Nagar or Mahoba.
The kingdoms of the Chandels of Khajuraho were dependably a piece of this extensive domain of the Gurjara Pratiharas. The Chandel rulers from Nannuk till Harsh Dev were however vassals of the Pratiharas for several years. They authoritatively declared themselves autonomous when the Pratihara Empire debilitated and crumbled. Prior, the Pratiharas helped the Chandels and different rulers of the area in protecting the nation from the hostility of Muslim intruders from the Middle East. This aggregate resistance against the intruders increased safety in the region.
Rulers of Chandel Dynasty
1. Maharaja Rao Vidyadhara: The Chandel administration is popular in Indian history for Maharaja Rao Vidyadhara, who rebuffed the assaults of Mahmud of Ghazni.
2. Nannuk: The founder of the Chandel dynasty. He was the leader of a little empire. As indicated by engravings, he was the head of his group in the 1st quarter of the ninth century. Khajuraho was called as Khajuravatika - Bearer of Dates or Khajuravatika – Garden of Dates, which was firmly in the hands of Nannuk. Vakapati succeeded his father Nannuk amid the 2nd quarter of the ninth century.
3. Vakapati: Vakapati the leader of Khajuraho, needed to regularly help Pratiharas in the front line, in light of the fact that he was a vassal of the Pratiharas. Vakapati figured out how to extend his region in order to incorporate a few slopes of the Vindhyas. Vakapti’s two children, Jaishakti and Vijayshakti, succeeded him, in a steady progression. Both the sovereigns were solid and courageous and attached impressive regions to their empire.
4. Jaishakti: Jaishakti, the senior sibling who governed initially, was likewise called Jai Jak and from this name the area governed by the Chandelas gained the name of Jaijikbhukti. He was succeeded by his younger sibling, Vajaishakti. He battled numerous fights and ruled various neighboring regions. The endeavors and deeds of courage of Jai and Vijai are regularly sung in poems as though the two were mutual rulers. Rahil was the child of Vijaishakti. He rose the throne after him. Nannuk, Jai and Vijai over a span of time included expansive pieces of abutting regions to their area, and they were the expert of the area they held.
5. Rahil: The town Rahilya which is three km south west of Mohaba was named after Rahil. There he likewise fabricated a reservoir known as Rahilyasagar and also a temple on its banks, which is presently in remnants. The time of principle of Rahil is said to be of just a quarter century is accredited to the end of the 9th century. Harshdev was his and succeeded him around 900 AD.
6. Harshdev: Harshdev earned for himself a paramount spot ever. In the 25 years or somewhere in the vicinity of his tenet, he amplified his region and improved the eminence of his tradition. He was the first Chandel sovereign whose force was to be figured with in those time.