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SURYAVANSA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] The Solar race. A race or lineage of Kshatriyas which sprang from Ikshwaku, grandson of the sun. Rama was of this race, and so were many other great kings and heroes. Many Rajputs claim descent from this and the other great lineage, the Lunar race. The Rama of Udaypur claims to be of the Suryavansa, and the Jharejas of Cutch and Sindh assert a descent from the Chandravansa. There were two dynasties of the Solar race. The elder branch, which reigned at Ayodhya, descended from Ikshwaku through his eldest son, Vikukshi. The other dynasty, reigning at Mithila, descended from another of Ikshwaku's sons, named Nimi.

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