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Kalahandi State coat of arms.

The Nagavanshi were rulers from the Indian subcontinent, in the area of present-day Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.[1][2] Nagavanshi is a house of warriors claiming descendancy from Nagas. The Nagas were mentioned as an snake-worshipping tribe of ancient India.[3]

Nagavanshi are one of the many principal houses of the Kshatriya varna, or warrior–ruling class. Chandravanshi (Lunar dynasty) claim descent from the moon (Soma or Chandra), while the other principal houses, the Solar Dynasty (Suryavanshi) claims descent from the sun (surya) and Rishivanshi from Brahmin Rishs,[4] Agnivansha claim descent from Agni, the Vedic god of fire, Nagvanshi claim descent from Nagas.some Jats of north India are claimed to be the Nagavanshis. Nairs of kerala are also nagavanshi[5]


Nagas were ruling Indian subcontinent between 150 and 250 Vikram Samvat. There are several coins have found which mention the name of Bruhaspati Nag, Devnag, Ganpati Nag. According to Puranas, Nagas ruled Mathura before Gupta Empire known as Nagas of Padmavati.

It believed that during 3000 BCE, there were several Naga tribes were living in India. They were worshping Snakes. According to Puranas, wife of Sage Kashyap, Kadru had begotten Naga children who were Ananta Shesha, Vasuki, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Padma, Mahapadma, Manasa, Iravati etc.

According to Mahabharata, Naga were ruling in Mathura. Krishna defeated Kaliya Nag. Pandava Arjuna destroyed Khandava Forest which was adobe of Nagas. During invasion of Alexander, he met Nagvanshi king of Taxila who helped him in battle against Porus. The soldiers of Alexander had seen worshiping of snakes by king of Taxila. According to inscription of Prayag, Samudra Gupta defeated Ganpati Nag.[6]

Nagvanshi kingdoms and chieftainciesEdit

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  1. ^ Dasgupta, Samira; Amitabha Sarkar (2005). Reflection Of Ethno-science: Study On The Abujh Maria. Mittal Publications. p. 9. ISBN 978-8183240253.
  2. ^ "Archaeologists uncover remains of ancient empire in Jharkhand". 11 May 2009.
  3. ^ Tiwari 2002, p. 177-231.
  4. ^ Paliwal, B. B. (2005). Message of the Purans. Diamond Pocket Books Ltd. p. 21. ISBN 978-8-12881-174-6.
  5. ^ Kumar Tiwari, Shiv (2002). Tribal Roots of Hinduism. Sarup & Sons. p. 264. ISBN 8176252999.
  6. ^ "नागवंश". Retrieved 3 November 2019.


  • Tiwari, Shiv Kumar (2002), Tribal Roots Of Hinduism, Sarup & Sons