Who are Katoch?

Katoch clan is a name of one of the ruling caste from India. Katoch is a prominent Rajput (Kshatriyas) caste of India and they basically belong to Chandravanshi Rajput clan. Katochs have main predominance in the states of the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Jammu. Katoch means a good skilful swordsman and earlier, Katochs were known for their sword skills. Katoch Royal family is oldest surviving Royal family of world and they still live in 'Clouds End Villa', Dharamsala.
Kuldevi, Katoch, Katoch Kuldevi, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Katoch Kuldevi 
Picture Katoch Kuldevi Kangra Fort (Jai Ho Maa)

Few of great and famous kings of this clan were king Porus who fought against King Alexander, King of Kangra Sansar Chand Katoch under whom Katoch kingdom flourished and saw his golden period and Rajanaka Bhumi Chand who founded Katoch dynasty. Main link between the katoch clan and Kangra (HP, India) can be established by the long period of rule by the katoch kings over kangra and adjoining areas up to Jalandhar and Multan (Pakistan). More information can be found at this link-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangra-Lambagraon.
Front View, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Famous Kangra Fort

Katoch clan is believed to have come in to existence in 4300 BC when Rajanaka Bhumi Chand founded Katoch dynasty and he also made Famous Jawalaji Temple. People can find mention about Rajanaka Bhumi Chand in Brahmand Purana, an ancient Hindu religious literature. As per Purana, he originated from the Sweet of Maa AMBIKA (Maa Parvati) to fight with cruel Rakshasha (devil). After killing Rakshasha, Maa Parvati blessed him with kingdom of Trigarta situated between three rivers of Satluj, Beas and Ravi.

Walls, Gate, Kangra Fort,
Entry Gate Kangra Fort

Katoch Kings are believed to have fought in Mahabharata and against Lord Rama, Ashoka and many famous invaders like Alexander, Mahmud of Ghazni, Katochs are known for their courage, bravery and hard work. At the time of the British rule only Katoch surname was enough to join the army. Initially katochs were mainly evolved in agriculture and army; however, now Katochs have migrated to the different places and are engaged in different kind of the jobs.

9 comments:

Shiven said...

KATOCH Means a Good '''Swordsman''''
Name Given By MAA AMBIKA........
To first King Rajanayka Bhumi Chand....Originated from the Sweet of MAA AMBIKA....While fighting with
one Evil...

shivansh said...

thankss fr sharing....great article

Rajeshwar said...

As you have mentioned that Katochs are Chandravanshi so as Yadavas both are chandravanshi rajputs Am i right?

Rajeshwar said...

Dear Sir,
I have read your comments and found that Katoch's are Chandravanshi rajputs as Yadava's they are also Chandravanshi Rajputs. Am i right or any difference please confirm

R.C.Sharma said...

I was reading Khushwant Singh's book -Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In that book there is reference to Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch. Though Msaharaja Ranjit Singh was a formidable adversary yet it seems Maharaja Sansar Chand had the guts to defy him for which he paid with for Kangra.

R.C.Sharma

Anonymous said...

gone thru ur details but more details are required I have heard that Susharm Chand Katoch Brother in law (jija) of Duryodhan was also katoch can u give more info if you have ,we are katoch from HP settelled in Vill Kawa Distt Udhampur J&K M.S.Katoch

Anonymous said...

nice article.. thanks to all .........

Anonymous said...

what is the use of discussion about cast, Are you here to promotion of your community. stop posting such posts, Do some efforts for useful Topics.

sck said...

This is a general discussion about a Kshatriya linage what's harm in it who doesn't want to know about their ancestors why is history written then . think before you give any advice twice

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