Rajput / राजपूत
- A Rajput is a member of one of the major Hindu Kshatriya groups of India.
- The Rajputs trace their roots to Rajputana.
- They enjoy a reputation as formidable soldiers and it is common to find many of them serving in the Indian Armed Forces.
- The British Government also accepted them and recruited them heavily into their armies. Current-day Rajasthan is home to most of the Rajputs.
- Historically, Rajputs rose to prominence during the 9th to 11th centuries, notably the four Agnivanshi clans, namely the Pratiharas (Pariharas), Solankis (Chaulukyas),Paramaras (Parmars), and Chauhans (Chahamanas), rose to prominence first.
- Rajputs ruled more than four hundred of the estimated six hundred princely states at the time of India's independence.
- Out of them 121 were Salute states Rajputs ruled 81 of them at the time of independence of India.