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Deora (occasionally Devda/Devra/Devre) is the name of a branch of the Sonegara Chauhan clan of rajputs in India. Sonegara Chauhans ruled Jalore (The mountain on which the fort is located is called as Swarngiri-the mountain of gold and hence the Chauhans took the name Sonegara) and surrounding areas. Sonegara Chauhans are known for their valour against the ferocious sultan of Delhi Allauddin Khilji. Rao Deoraj was the progenitor of the Devra clan. In ages past, the rulers of Chandravati, Sirohi belonged to the Deora clan. Many Deora are also Baniyas.


The Chauhans ruled Delhi, Ajmer and surrounding areas during the era of Prithviraj Chauhan. Due to persecution at the hands of Muslim invaders, they later dispersed to many places across northern India. One group of Chauhans moved southwards to the area around the border between the present-day Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The towns of Jalore and Chandravati (the latter situated on the river Banas) became centers of the Sonegara Chauhan clan at an early date. A semi-legendary figure named Rao Deoraj, about whom little is known, was born into a Chauhan family of this region. All members of the Deora clan claim patrilineage from him.

Rao Lumba, grandson of Rao Deoraj and a scion of the younger branch of the Chauhan rulers of Jalore, seized the town of Abu in the year 1311 AD. He thus founded a dynasty that was to rule the surrounding area until India gained its independence in 1947.

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