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Baghel or Vaghela is the name of a Rajput clan. Who in turn belong to the Raghav , Agnivanshi lineage.

The Baghelkhand region in India, part of the present-day state of Madhya Pradesh, takes its name from that of this clan. The region was ruled in past centuries by dynasties belonging to the clan. Rewa was the premier princely state ruled by the Baghel clan. Other major estate holders of Baghel clan were Raja of Shankargarh, Raja of Bara, etc.

History and origin

It is said that Brahma created a young man from fire. He was holding a sword in one hand and Ved in the other. He came to be known as ‘Chilonki’ because it is believed that as Brahma had prepared the putla or human image on his hand, then had thrown it into fire, the man had born. It is said that the word got corrupted to ‘Milonki’ and later on to ‘Solinki’. Another version is that their original name is Chaluka, because they were formed in the palm (chalu) of the hand. They were not very prominent in Rajputana, but were very prominent in the Deccan. Here they were commonly called Chalukya, though in northern India the name Solanki is more common. As early as AD 350 Pulakesin I made himself master of the town of Vatapi, the modern Badami in the Bagalkot district and founded a dynasty, which developed into the most powerful kingdom south of the Nerbudda, and lasted 2 centuries, when it was overthrown by the Rashtrakuta Pulakesin II, one of this Chalukya dynasty successfully defended an inroad of the great...
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