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According to Hindu mythology, the Lunar dynasty is one of the four principal houses of the Kshatriya varna, or warrior–ruling caste. This legendary dynasty was said to be descended from moon-related deities (Soma or Chandra).[1]

According to the Shatapatha Brahmana, the dynast's founder Pururavas was the son of Budha (the son of moon) and Ila (the daughter of Manu). Pururavas's grandson was Yayati, who had five sons named Yadu, Turvasu, Druhyu, Anu, and Puru: these seem to be the names of five Indo-Aryan tribes.[2]

According to the Mahabharata, the dynasty's progenitor Ila ruled from Prayag, while his son Shashabindu ruled in the country of Bahli.[3]

Ila's descendants were also known as the Ailas or Chandravansha.[4]


Several Chandravanshi castes and communities in modern India, such as the Sainis of Punjab Province,[5] Yadav,[6] Ayar[7] Chudasama,[8][9] Jadeja, Bhatti, Bhatti Rajputs, Anand(ahi), Katoch, Tanwar/Tomars [10] Jadaun,[10] and [11] claim descent from Yadu.


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  2. ^ A. K. Warder (1972). An Introduction to Indian Historiography. Popular Prakashan. pp. 21–22.
  3. ^ Doniger, Wendy (1999). Splitting the difference: gender and myth in ancient Greece and India. University of Chicago Press. p. 273. ISBN 978-0-226-15641-5. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  4. ^ Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 1 By Gaṅgā Rām Garg
  5. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh; Sharma, Madan Lal; Bhatia, A. K. (1994). People of India: Haryana. Manohar Publishers. p. 430.
  6. ^ Pinch, William R. (1996). Peasants and Monks in British India. University of California Press. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-52091-630-2.
  7. ^ Padmaja, T. Temples of Kr̥ṣṇa in South India: History, Art, and Traditions in Tamilnāḍu. p. 34.
  8. ^ Jhala, Jayasinhji (1991). Marriage, hierarchy and identity in ideology and practice: an anthropological study of Jhālā Rājpūt society in western India, against a historical background, 1090-1990 A.D. Harvard University. p. 21.
  9. ^ Kothiyal, Tanuja (2016). Nomadic Narratives: A History of Mobility and Identity in the Great Indian Desert. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107080317.
  10. ^ a b Ramusack, Barbara N. (2003). The Indian Princes and their States, The New Cambridge History of India. Cambridge University Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-13944-908-3.
  11. ^ Sudipta Mitra (2005). Gir Forest and the Saga of the Asiatic Lion. Indus Publishing. pp. 83–. ISBN 978-81-7387-183-2. Retrieved 7 August 2017.