|Rajasthan is the north-western region
of India, and has remHistory of Rajasthanain independent from the
great empires. Buddhism failed to make substantial inroad here; the
Mauryan empire (321-184 BC), whose most renowned emperor, Ashoka,
Converted to Buddhism in 261 BC, had minimal impact in Rajasthan,
However, there are Buddhist caves and stupas (Buddhist Shrines) at
Jhalawar, in Southern Rajasthan.
According to the Hindu
Mythology, the Rajputs of Rajasthan were the descendantHistory of
Rajasthans of the Kshatriyas or warriors of Vedic India. The
emergence of the Rajput warrior clans was in the 6th and 7th
centuries. Rajputs ancestry can be divided into two: the "solar"
or suryavanshi-those descended from Rama, the hero of the epic
Ramayana, and the "lunar" or chandravanshi, who claimed
descent from Krishana, the hero of the epic Mahabharata. Later a
third clan was added, the agnikula or fire-born, said to have
emerged from the flames of a sacrificial fire on Mt Abu.