Who are Katoch? (Kuldevi Temple)

Kuldevi, Katoch, Katoch Kuldevi, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Katoch Kuldevi 

Picture Katoch Kuldevi Kangra Fort (Jai Ho Maa)

Katoch clan is the name of one of the ruling castes from India. Katoch is a prominent Rajput (Kshatriyas) caste of India and they basically belong to the Chandravanshi Rajput clan. Katochs have the main predominance in the states of 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 the oldest surviving Royal family in the world and they still live in 'Clouds End Villa', Dharamsala.

Front View, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Famous Kangra Fort

A few of the great and famous kings of this clan were King Porus who fought against King Alexander, King of Kangra Sansar Chand Katoch under whom the Katoch kingdom flourished and saw his golden period, and Rajanaka Bhumi Chand who founded the Katoch dynasty. The 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.

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The Katoch clan is believed to have come into existence in 4300 BC when Rajanaka Bhumi Chand founded the Katoch dynasty and he also made Famous Jawalaji Temple. People can find a mention of Rajanaka Bhumi Chand in Brahmand Purana, an ancient Hindu religious literature. According to 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 the Kingdom of Trigarta situated between the 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, and Mahmud of Ghazni, Katochs are known for their courage, bravery, and hard work. At the time of British rule, only the Katoch surname was enough to join the army. Initially, Katochs mainly evolved in agriculture and the army; however, now Katochs have migrated to different places and are engaged in different kinds of jobs.

The journey of Kangra Fort Video-


  1. 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...

  2. thankss fr sharing....great article

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.


  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

    1. 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

  9. Hi I m Bhanu Katoch from district Ramban j&k want to know about Kul devta of Katoch family.

  10. proud article, that fills your heart with courage and confidence.
    A proud Katoch.
    (Sahil Katoch)

  11. NICE post ..Katoch means -KAT=ARMY(SAINIK)in hindi,OCH=UPPER(UCHH)..Raman katoch(chandigarh)

  12. This is only a half story after the katoch dynasty kangar take over by nepal an king rana bahadur shah rule the hole land during the biritsh raj ango nepal war occur and nepal have loss the hole land of himachal, sikkim and other part of bihar.

  13. Plz provide me the name of book that have mentioned about our Katoch clan and royal family of Katoch in the world

  14. Those who said "what is there in a cast " are simply ignorant or are the lot from the people who are not aware of their proud history and remained in denial . So just ignore the ignorant who are interested to stay in denial.
    My salutation to the people who are proud of their history and exploring the historically fact and our heritage.
    Thankful to the the writer of this article of Katoch dynasty.
    Jai Hind.

  15. Great Article proud to be Katoch- Suman Chand Katoch

  16. Aunt of my maternal grandmother is belonging to royal family of tehri garhwal and after marriage she is belonging to katoch family and i'm proud to have a family relations with the royal family of kangra,tehri garhwal & J & K...

  17. It has been proved by various historians that King Porus was a Brahman. So, would it be incorrect to call the great Katoch dyansty as belonging to Brahman Varn. See, i don't want you all to fight over this. Just curious abput Indian History as I love researching on the topic..

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