The title of one of the many lesser feudatories of a king in the period of Indian feudalism (800-1200). The kings received mil-itary service from them and they in turn conferred estates on their own cavalry commanders called rautas (Sanskrit, rajputras). The ranakas, sometimes also called ranas and thakkuras, were retained in many parts of the Delhi sultanate as subordinate chiefs paying trib-ute to the sultan. They headed their own retinues in the service of sultans.

Historical dictionary of Medieval India. . 2011.

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  • Ranas —    A category of Hindu feudatories incorporated in the structure of the Delhi sultanate as hereditary chiefs. Their position was akin to that of the ranakas and thakkuras …   Historical dictionary of Medieval India

  • Rautas —    The word raut is a corruption of Sanskrit rajaputra (son of a ruler). In medieval India, the term referred to a cavalry commander who served under local chiefs, the ranakas and thakkuras, and was paid for his service through a land grant …   Historical dictionary of Medieval India

  • Thakkura —    One of the titles of lesser feudatories of early medieval India (800 1200). In the Delhi sultanate, the term applied to the hereditary chiefs of the category represented by ranas and ranakas …   Historical dictionary of Medieval India

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