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Jat Clan: Karkotaka
Distribution Rajasthan
Varna: Kshatriya
Vansh Nagavansha
Branches: (alternative names) Karkotaka (कर्कॊटक), Katewa (कटेवा), Kikat, Kikata, Kikatwa
Religion Hinduism
Languages Hindi and Rajasthani
Map of Vedic India

The position of the Kikata Kingdom in Iron Age Vedic India.

Karkotaka (Sanskrit: कर्कोटक) was a naga king, who bit Nala at the request of Indra, transforming Nala into a twisted and ugly shape. Karkotaka had deceived Narada who cursed him due to which he could not move a step. Karkotaka was friend of Nala and suggested Nala to go to Rituparna, king of Ayodhya and stay there under a changed name Bahuka.

It is believed that these were the people who lost maximum heads in war with Yavanas, and hence, later on they were also known as Katewas like Shishodia in Rajputs.

The group of people developed their Vamsha according to their system of worship of Devas and Nāgas. The worshippers of Shesha Naga were known as Sheshama and worshippers of Karka Naga were known as Karkotaka. Thus Karkotaka was a Nagavanshi king. The descendants of Karkotaka are still found in Jats of Rajasthan as Katewa clan.

See also


  • Encyclopedia for Epics of Ancient India
  • Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudi, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 (Page 226)
  • Naval Viyogi (2002): Nagas, the ancient rulers of India: their origin and history, ISBN 81-7536-287-1.

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