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In the northern part of India and in Pakistan, the Rathore (or Rathaur or Rathor or Rathur or Rathod or Rathour or Rahtore) is a Rajput clan whose members ruled several states.[full citation needed] The Rathores claim descent from the mythical Suryavansha (Solar dynasty).
The various cadet branches of the Rathore clan gradually spread to encompass all of Marwar and later sallied abroad to found states in Central India and Gujarat. At the time of India's independence in 1947, the princely states ruled by various branches of the Rathore clan included:[full citation needed]
- Jodhpur (Marwar): covering the present-day districts of Jodhpur, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer and Jalore.
- Bikaner: Covering the present-day districts of Bikaner, Churu, Ganganagar and Hanumangarh;
- Kishangarh in present-day Rajasthan, founded in 1611 by Raja Kishan Singh, son of Udai Singh of Marwar & balawat Rathore
- Idar in present-day Gujarat, founded in 1728 or 1729.
- Ratlam in present-day Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh, founded 1651.
- Jhabua in present-day Madhya Pradesh
- Sitamau in present-day Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh, founded 1701 by Raja Kesho Das.
- Sailana in present-day Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh, founded in 1730 by Raja Jai Singh.
- Alirajpur in present-day Madhya Pradesh
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- Pal, Dharam (1978). Traditions of the Indian army (3rd ed.). National Book Trust, India. Cite: Naik Jadunath Singh, a Rathor Rajput, serving in 1/7 Rajput Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of the Brigade of Guards) won the Param Vir Chakra posthumously in the Jammu and Kashmir operations in 1948.
- Studies in Mughal History pg 91 by Ashwini Agrawal
- Indian Princely Medals: A Record of the Orders, Decorations, and Medals by Tony McClenaghan, pg 179
- The house of Marwar pg 13. Rathore clan of Rajputs, a clan which besides Jodhpur had ruled over Bikaner, Kishengarh, Idar, Jhabhua, Sitamau, Sailana, Alirajpur and Ratlam.