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Kamma (caste)

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Titles (in Regions)
ChowdaryCoastal Andhra Pradesh
Rao,RayuduAndhra Pradesh
NayakaMedieval Andhra Pradesh,MedievalKarnataka
NaickerSouth Tamil Nadu
Regions with significant Population
Andhra Pradesh50,00,000
Tamil Nadu10,00,000
Regions with significant Population around the world
South Africa2,000
Telugu (Mother tongue)
Kamma (Teluguకమ్మ), (Tamilகம்மவர்) or the Kammavaru is a social group that are classed as Upper Shudras[1][2][3] is found largely in the Southern Indian states of Andhra PradeshTamilnadu and Karnataka. The Kamma population was 795,732 in the year 1881.[4] According to 1921 census they constituted about 4.8% of Andhra Pradesh population and in significant numbers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.[5][6][7] In the last decades of the previous century, a sizable number emigrated to other parts of the world, particularly to the United StatesUnited Kingdom and Australia.[8]



Ancient history


There are many theories about the origins of the word "Kamma" and the social group known as the Kammas. The most accepted theories are:
Buddhist origin
The theory is that the people who lived in the Krishna river valley, where Buddhism prevailed, got the name from the Theravada Buddhist concept of Kamma (in Pali) or Karma (in Sanskrit).[9] This region was once known as Kammarashtram / Kammarattam / Kammanadu, which was under the control of the PallavasEastern Chalukyas and Cholas.[10][11][12] Inscriptions mentioning Kammanadu are available since 3rd century C.E.[13][14][15][16][17][18] According to some historians the Kammas existed since the time of the Mauryas.[19]
Kurmi origin
Another plausible theory similar to the previous account is: Buddhist Kurmis from the Gangetic plains migrated to the Krishna river delta in large numbers to escape the persecution of Pushyamitra Sunga (184 BCE).[20] Buddhism was already flourishing in DharanikotaBhattiprolu, Chandavolu etc., in this fertile area.[21] Historians surmised that the Sanskrit word Kurmi/Kurma became Kamma in later years.[22] The first records of the word Kammarashtram appeared in the Jaggayyapeta inscription of the Ikshvaku King Madhariputra Purushadatta (3rd century CE).[23] Kammarashtram extended from the Krishna River to Kandukur (Prakasam Dt.). The next record was that of Pallava King Kumara Vishnu II followed by that of Eastern Chalukya king Mangi Yuvaraja (627-696 CE). The subsequent inscriptions of Telugu Cholas/Chodas and Kakatiya dynasty mentioned ‘Kammanadu’.[24] This region is also known as Pallavanadu/Palanadu/Palnadu due to Pallava rule.


The social group, is made up of members belonging to the haplogroup R2 (M124) at 73.3% in a sample size of 15 individuals,[25] with remaining contributions coming from haplogroups L1 (M27), R1a1(M17) and Q*(M242). The preponderance of haplogroup R2 in Jaunpur Kshatriyas (Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) supports the theories of origin.


The kings and military persona of Kammanadu started using the title Nayaka/Nayakudu from 10th century onwards as observed in many inscriptions.[26] There are about 1200 Kamma surnames (Intiperu) which are discernible from this time. The surnames and Gothras of Kammas and Velamas were catalogued by Badabanala Bhatta in 1068 CE.[27] The names of the ancestral villages were adopted as Gothras. This shows that the ancestors of Kammas and Velamas were either Buddhists or Jains who did not follow Gothra system and that both the social groups had a common history. The historical reasons for the dichotomy of the two groups are not known, although many stories abound.[28] The inscriptions of many Kamma Nayakas mentioned that they belong to Durjaya clan (Vamsa).[29] For instance, the inscription (1125 CE) of Pinnama Nayudu in the temple of Sagareswara in Madala village mentioned that he belonged to Durjaya clan and Vallutla Gothra.[30] Another inscription (1282 CE) in the same temple mentioned that Devineni Erra Nayudu, Kommi Nayudu and Pothi Nayudu belonged to the lineage of Buddhavarma, Durjaya clan and Vallutla Gothra.[31][32] The inscription at Ravuru mentioned that the bodyguards of Queen Rudrama Devi, Ekki Nayudu, Rudra Nayudu, Pinarudra Nayudu and Pothi Nayudu belong to Durjaya vamsa and Vallutla Gothra.[33][34] It is worth mentioning here that many of the martial clans of Kammas belong to Vallutla Gothra.[35] Many of the Telugu Chodas of Kammanadu had relations with Eastern Chalukyas and later withKakatiyas. According to many inscriptions and “Velugotivari Vamsavali” Kammas with surnames such as Yalampati, Sammeta, Maccha, Choda, Vasireddy, Katta, Adapa etc., belong toChoda-Chalukya ancestry.[9][36] The Vasireddy Clan had a title “Chalukya Narayana”.[37] Historians surmised that by the end of 10th century Durjayas, Chodas, few sections of Chalukyas and Haihayas of Kammanadu merged into Kammas.[38][39]

Medieval history


The division of warrior class into many castes and their consolidation commenced during the time of Kakatiya king Rudra I (1158-1195 CE). According to Velugotivari Vamsavali andPadmanayakacharitra, texts written in medieval times, farmers (Kapus) became Kammas and Velamas.[40][41] In medieval times the term 'Kapu' meant a farmer or protector.
"...kaalachoditamuna kaakateevarugolchi kaapulella velama kammalairi"
(Telugu: "....కాలచోదితమున కాకతీవరుగొల్చి కాపులెల్ల వెలమ, కమ్మలైరి")
Badabanala Bhatta prescribed Surnames and Gothras of Kammas and Velamas. The affiliation of Kammas as a caste to the ruling dynasties could not be ascribed till 11th century. Traces of evidence were found in the inscriptions of Telugu Cholas/Chodas of Velanadu starting from Gonka I (1075-1115 CE), found in many places in Kammanadu. The Dharanikota kings (1130-1251 CE) who belonged to Kota clan of Kammas and Durjaya ancestry had marital alliances with Telugu Cholas.[42][43] However, there was some controversy regarding the origin of Kota kings.[44] Kota kings married the women from Kakatiya dynasty (E.g., Kota Betharaja married Ganapamba, daughter of Ganapati Deva). The Kakatiya Ganapati Deva married the sisters of Jayapa Senani, a warrior hailing fromDiviseema.[45] Jayapa Nayudu is also well known for his contributions to the field of Indian dance (1231 CE)[46] and was the head of the elephant corps in the Kakatiya army. Around this time many warriors from Kammanadu joined the forces of the Kakatiya dynasty. In Warangal region Kammas are called Kamma Kapus.[47]
Famous Telugu poet Srinatha (14th century CE), while describing the social divisions during his time, categorized Padmanayaka, Velama and Kamma in his Bhimeswara Puranamu.[48]
".....andu padmanayakulana, velamalana, kammalana trimarga gangapravahambulumbole gotrambulanniyeni jagatpavitrambulai pravahimpachunda" -
(Telugu.....అందు పద్మనాయకులన, వెలమలన, కమ్మలన త్రిమార్గ గంగాప్రవాహంబులుంబోలె గోత్రంబులన్నియేని జగత్పవిత్రంబులై ప్రవహింపచుండ)

Kakatiya period

Kammas grew to prominence during the Kakatiya dynasty's reign (1083-1323 CE) by also holding important positions in their army. One of the most famous commanders during the time of Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra II was Dadi Nagadeva who played a prominent role in warding off the attack of the Yadava king of Devagiri.[49] Nagadeva’s son Ganna Mantri, also called Ganna Senani or Yugandhar, was a great warrior and a patron of arts and literature. Ganna was the commander of Warangal fort. He was captured, converted to Islam and taken to Delhi along with Prataparudra.[50]Subsequently, he rose to the exalted position of 'Wazir' in Delhi durbar and was sent to rule Punjab.[51][52] Poet Maarana dedicated his Markandeya Puranam to Ganna (Malik Maqbul).[53] Nagadeva’s other sons Ellaya Nayaka and Mechaya Nayaka were also valiant fighters. Another warrior of repute was Muppidi Nayaka who went on an expedition to Kanchi, defeated the Pandya king and merged it with Kakatiya dynasty in 1316 CE. Other prominent Kamma Nayaks of the Kakatiya dynasty were Gonka I who rose to become a viceroy and Beta I (AD 1000 - 1050) who emerged from a SamantaVishti Vamsa, a feudatory family from among the Buddhist peasants.[54]
In prolonged battles with Muslims between 1296 and 1323 CE. thousands of Kamma Nayakas perished along with others, in the defense of Warangal. The inhuman atrocities perpetrated by the Muslims on Telugu people later prompted two Kamma chieftains, Musunuri Prolaya Nayaka and Musunuri Kapaya Nayaka, who served the Kakatiya king Prataparudra, to raise the banner of revolt.[55][56] After the fall of Warangal they united the Nayaka chieftains, wrested Warangal from the Delhi Sultanate and ruled for 50 years.[57] (Musunuri Nayaks)

Vijayanagara period

Subsequent to the martyrdom of Kaapaaneedu (Musunuri Kapaya Nayaka) many Kammas migrated to the Vijayanagara kingdom. During the reign of Sri Krishnadevaraya Kammas belonging to thirty seven Gothras were living in the city of Vijayanagar.[58] Kamma Nayaks formed the bulwark of Vijayanagara army and were appointed as governors in many areas of Tamil Nadu.[59] Their role in protecting the last great Hindu kingdom of India was significant.[60] Some of the prominent commanders who achieved fame were:
  • Kammas controlled large swathes of southern and northern Tamil Nadu for several years under the title of Nayacker or Naicker or Naidu, which was a legacy of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Zamindaris of Ilaiyarasanadal and Kurivikulam in Tamil Nadu belong to Pemmasani families[66]
Martial clans: Many clans belonging to Kamma social group figure prominently in the battles during Vijayanagara era and in the subsequent years. Some of these clans include Pemmasani, Matcha, Vasireddy, Kodali, Sammeta, Choda/Chode, Dasari, Alamandala, Adapa, Suryadevara, Nadendla, Sakhamuri etc.[9] The most prominent Kamma commanders in Krishnadevaraya’s army belonged to Suryadevara, Vasireddy, Pemmasani, Ravella and Sayapaneni clans.

Golkonda period

Vijayanagara kingdom underwent very difficult times after the battle of Tallikota in 1565. Pemmasani NayaksRavella Nayaks and Sayapaneni Nayaks steadfastly helped the Araviti kings in keeping the Muslims at bay. It took another 90 years to consolidate the Muslim power in Andhra country with the capture of Gandikota in 1652. Kamma nayaks migrated in large numbers to the Tamil region. During the Golkonda period, the Sayapaneni Nayaks (1626–1802) ruled Dupadu region as vassals of the Golkonda sultans.[67][68] Gangappa Nayudu, Venkatadri Nayudu and Rangappa Nayudu were famous among them. Ibrahim Qutb Shah captured Kondavidu in 1579. Rayarao, his Maratha commander, appointed Deshmukhs and Chowdarys in 497 villages. The usage of the title ‘Chowdary’ in coastal Andhra Pradesh commenced at this time.
Vasireddy Sadasiva Nayudu ruled Nandigama paragana from 1550 to 1581.[69] He was granted the paragana by Ibrahim Qutb Shah of Golkonda. According to Mackenzie, Virappa Nayudu was appointed as Deshmukh of Nandigama paragana in 1670. Chinapadmanabha Nayudu got a grant of 500 villages from Abul Hassan Tanisha in 1685.[70] He built a fort at Chintapalli and ruled it until 1710 CE. His successors ruled until 1760. During this period the French and the British were trying to gain control of the Andhra country. Jaggayya ruled Chintapalli from 1763 onwards. He was killed by French troops sent by Basalat Jung, brother of the Golkonda Nawab in 1771. Jaggayya’s wife Acchamma committed Sati. Jaggayya’s son Venkatadri recovered Chintapalii in 1777 and earned fame as a benevolent and illustrious ruler.[71] (Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu and Vasireddy Clan). The British gained control of Andhra by 1788 from Golkonda Nawabs. Another Kamma principality duringGolkonda period was Devarakota with Challapalli as its capital. Its ruler, Yarlagadda Guruvarayudu was subdued by Abdullah Qutb Shah in 1576. His successors ruled as vassals of Golkonda till theFrench took over in 1751 and later the British in 1765.

British period

By the end of 18th century the British East India Company had consolidated their rule in Andhra. The armies of Zamindars and Deshmukhs were dismantled and only the power of tax collection was left intact. The well-known Kamma Zamindaris under the British rule were Muktyala, Chintapalli (Amaravati), Challapalli, Devarakota, Kapileswarapuram etc. These Zamindars encouraged modern education by establishing many schools and libraries.

Modern history

After the decline of major kingdoms, Kammas controlled large fertile areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as a legacy of their martial past. The British recognized their prominence and made them village heads(Talari) also known as Chowdary to collect taxes. The association of Kammas with the land and agriculture is legendary. The martial prowess of Kammas was put to good use to tame the lands in modern times. There are many proverbs in Telugu language which speak of the Kammas’ adeptness in agriculture and their emotional attachment to the soil.
For example:
  • Kammavani Chetulu Kattinaa Nilavadu (Teluguకమ్మవాని చేతులు కట్టినా నిలవడు) (Though you tie Kamma's hands he will not be quiet)[72]
  • Kammavaariki Bhumi Bhayapaduthundi (Teluguకమ్మవారికి భూమి భయపడుతుంది ) (The earth fears Kammas).[73]
English historians like Edgar Thurston and noted agricultural scientists like M. S. Randhawa eulogized the spirit of Kamma farmers.[74][75] The emotional attachment of Kamma farmers to the land and soil was poignantly depicted by Tripuraneni Gopichand in a short story Mamakaram.[76]
Construction of dams and barrages and establishment of an irrigation system in Godavari and Krishna river deltas by Sir Arthur Cotton was a great boon to the Kamma farmers. Availability of water and the natural propensity for hard work made the Kammas wealthy and prosperous.[77] The money was put to good use by establishing numerous schools and libraries and encouraging their children to take up modern education.[78] Over a period of 10 years, in Guntur District alone, 130 High schools and hostels were established by their initiative. The zamindars of Challapalli and Kapileswarapuram founded many schools and libraries. In the modern times, the pace of the growth in wealth accelerated due to their enterprise and notable achievements in business, real estate, farming, arts and movie industry, education, medicine, engineering, media and high technology.[79]
The Kammas of Southern Tamil Nadu who are the descendants of migrant commanders of Vijayanagara empire have also excelled in the cultivation of black cotton soils and later diversified into various industrial enterprises, particularly in Coimbatore and Kovilpatti.[80][81][82][83][84] The Kammas in Northern Tamil Nadu, (VelloreTiruvannamalai Districts) have not migrated. That is their homeland for centuries.
In the recent past, enterprising farmers migrated to other regions such as NizamabadRaichur and Bellary (Karnataka), Raipur (Chattisgarh) and Sambalpur (Orissa). In the past fifty years, the enterprise of the Kammas has profoundly influenced every aspect of social, economic and political life of Andhra PradeshTamil Nadu and the country in general. The contribution of Kammas to the economy of the state of Andhra Pradesh is significant.
With education, a large number of Kammas have migrated to the USACanadaAustraliaNew Zealand etc. This migration is continuing in line with the many socio-cultural changes being experienced by the state of Andhra Pradesh.


In the state of Andhra Pradesh, Kammas are predominantly found in KhammamGunturPrakasam and Krishna districts. Significant numbers are also found in the districts of West GodavariEast GodavariChittoorNizamabadHyderabad (India)RangareddyAnantapur and NelloreBellary and Bangalore districts of Karnataka; and ChennaiMaduraiCoimbatoreTirunelveliTuticorinKovilpatti,VirudhunagarTheniDindigulNorth Arcot and South Arcot districts of Tamil Nadu.


Some of the prominent Kamma Zamindaris in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are[85]:
  • Challapalli - Yarlagadda Clan[86]
  • Chintapalli/Amaravati - Vasireddy clan[87][88]
  • Ilayarasanendal (Tirunelvelli Dt) - Ravella clan[89]
  • Neikarapatti (Dindugal Dt) – Pemmasani clan[90]


Several Kamma surnames that end with 'neni' denote the descent from an ancestor having the title 'Nayakudu/Nayudu/Nayuni'. For example, the surname 'Veeramachaneni' originated from 'Veeramacha Naidu'. Other surnames indicate the villages to which the persons originally belonged to. Kammas use different titles in different regions such as ChowdaryNaiduRao Reddy and Naicker. In Tamil Nadu and Southern Andhra PradeshNaidu is commonly used. Naicker title is used in the areas south of Coimbatore districts. However, Telugu speaking Kapu, Velama and other communities also use the titles Naidu and Naicker in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, respectively.


According to the census of British India (1891) there were six divisions viz., Peda Kamma, Godachatu Kamma and Illuvellani Kamma(Krishna, Guntur, Anantapur districts); Bangaru Kamma (North Arcot); Vaduga Kamma (Coimbatore) and Kavali Kamma (Godavari districts).[91] In addition, divisions such as Gandikota Kamma, Gampa Kamma and Macha Kamma also exist. In modern times these divisions have all but vanished.


Kammas are politically active, in all the regions of Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. During the twentieth century a number of leaders like Prof N.G. RangaPaturi Rajagopala NaiduKotha RaghuramaiahGottipati BrahmaiahMoturu Hanumantha Rao and Kalluri Chandramouli played prominent roles in the national freedom movement. Several Kammas were also attracted to leftist ideals and joined the Communist Party. It was a strong political force in the state until the mid sixties. Many wealthy Kammas willingly relinquished their lands and actively worked for the land distribution reforms. This helped many landless individuals attain middle class status and brought about greater economic development of the state as a whole. We are witnessing the benefits of this sacrifice now in the state as Andhra Pradesh has developed into an economic hub. However, their affinity towards the Communist party in the early days led them to lose political clout along with the diminished influence of the Communist party throughout the world.
During the 1980s, they again played a key role in state and national politics with the inception of the Telugu Desam Party by its then President Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao also called as NTR.[92]Nara Chandrababu Naidu gave a progressive direction to Andhra Pradesh and won global recognition to the state.[93] In TamilNadu, famous Kamma politicians are Vaiko (vaigo) and Arcot N. Veeraswami.

Current status

A large number of Kamma families have migrated to urban centres in India and abroad. Their enterprising nature and hard work has helped them retain their affluent status. In villages, land reformsforced many Kammas to give away their lands to the government, to be donated to the poor and landless. Subsequently, land holdings got fragmented and presently most of the Kammas living in rural areas are small farmers. The vagaries of weather and a lack of good "support prices" made agriculture unremunerative. Loss of interest in agriculture coupled with the opportunities in urban areas have only exacerbated the situation.

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  • Konidena inscription of Tribhuvana Malla – 1146 CE
  • South Indian Inscriptions, Vol. I, p. 243 and 317
  • Annual Report of Madras Epigraphy Vol. 38, No. 346 (Inscription of Pinnama Nayudu)
  • Annual Report of Madras Epigraphy, Vol. 38, No. 348 (Inscription of Devineni Erra Nayudu)
  • Journal of Andhra History and Culture, Vol. 1, No. 2
  • Annual Report of Madras Epigraphy, 1916, Vol. 15, No. 333, p. 135 (Details of Rudrama's bodyguards).
  • Poetic Inscription in old Kannada by Jain poet Boppana (1180 CE) at Shravanabelagola

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  1. Musunuri kapayya nyaka was not kamma.He did not say it anywhere.Who was Badabanala Battu.what was his book.In kakatiya's service yadavas, velamas,Reddys,Malas were prominent.The fall of kakatiya empire was solely due to the feud between the velamas and Reddys for prominent position.The word nayaka was not the sole property of kammas or balijas.In medieval times the title nayaka was given to who served in military of the kings.Kakatiyas were not kammas or balijas.IN THESE DAYS PEOPLE OF KAMMAS ARE SAYING AND WRITING THEY BELONG TO KAKATIYA DYNASTY FOR GREATNESS.But kakatiyas never said they were kammas.Parabramha sastry, the famous historian, in his book KAKATEEYULU stated that kakatiyas belonged to Vrisni branch of Yadava dynasty. Kase sarvappa in his book SIDDESWARA CHARITRA,a contemporary work, wrote they were yadavas.Then how can kammas or balija claim kakatiyas were kamma or balija.Kota kings were not kamma.They were kshatriyas and relatives of Haihaya kshatriyas.(All)Cholas or chodas were not kammas at all.They were suryavamsa kshatriyas.Surname Vasireddy can be seen in many castes,not only in kamma caste.

    1. " Ganapati Deva's sister Melambika was married to the second son of Chagi Buddaraju, who was ruling Natavadi region. Ganapatideva's first daughter Rudramadevi was married to Veerabhadra, Eastern Chalukyanprince of Nidadavolu and his second daughter Ganapamba was married to Kota Betaraja. After this marital alliance with the three Kshatriya clans of Chagis, Eastern Chalukyas and Kota Vamsa, Kakatiyas started claiming Kshatriya status as evidenced by an inscription found in Guntur District. As Rudramma Devi's husband Veerabhadra was from Eastern Chalukya family of Kashyapa gotra, subsequently Kakatiya rulers mentioned themselves as Kshatriyas of Kashyapa Gotra in their inscriptions."
      SOURCE / LINK : /09/ kakatiya-dynasty. html

      The Dynasties that ruled the Telugu land with their origins/roots.
      a) PARICHEDIS ( Guhila , Vishnukundin Clan ) - Their gothra 'Vashishta'
      b) KOTA/ DHARANI KOTA ( Kubja Vishnuvardhana , Eastern Chalukya Clan) - 'Dhananjaya' gothra
      c) KAKATI/KAKATIYA ( Karikala Chola, Kakati Prola Raju Clan) - Their gothra 'Kashyapa'
      d) VARNATA ( Aditya chola, Varnata Rajendra Chola Clan) - Their gothra ' Kaundinyasa'
      'Chagi Dynasty' of Andhra was belonging to Rajus( Telugu speaking Kshatriyas). This term Chagi has become Sagi / Saagi now. Vashshta is their gothra.
      Even today this Gothra and Sagi/Saagi surname Rajus are seen.
      Anakapalli ( Vizag) Zamindars who had 'Payaka Rao' as their title belonged to this Sagi family only. Padmanbham ( Vizianagaram district,AP) Zamindars also were from Sagi clan only.
      Other Telugu Royal families 'Poosapati/Pusapati' kings who ruled from Vizianagaram ( Northern Andhra), Vatsavaya rulers of Peddapuram ( East Godavari district), Kakarlapudi Zamindars of Kota Ramachandrapuram ( east Godavari district) , Thettu
      ( Nellore district) Vegnedla surname zamindars are 'Vashishta' Gothra Rajus only. Freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju's gothra also Vashishta only.
      In fact these 'Vashishta' gothra Rajus are descendants of Vishnukundin and Parichedi dynasties that ruled the Telugu land.

      HENCE KAKATIYA KINGS' GOTHRA should be 'Kashyapa' only which exactly fits into the matrimonial / marriage pattern of the Rajus ( telugu Kshatriyas). Kakatiyas mostly married 'Dhananjaya' and 'Vashshta' gothra Rajus.
      Ongole Mandapati kings who were contemporaries of Kakatiyas had good relation with them, Mandapati Rajus' gothra is also 'Kashyapa'.

    2. KOTA DYNASTY ( Dharanikota)

      KOTA( DHARANIKOTA) Kings (' Dhananjaya' is their Gothram/ Gothra )
      Eastern Chalukya King Kubja Vishnuvardhana was also mentioned in this clan. King Raja Raja Narendra who ruled from Rajahmundry), Kondapadumati Kings belong to this Clan only. Malaya Chiefs (1015 A.D. to 1220 A.D) who ruled from Kovvur.Nidadavolu belt of present day west Godavari district also belong to this clan.
      King Hariseema Krishna who ruled from Dharanikota ( Amaravathi) belong to this Race. King Dantuluri GannaBhoopaludu who patronized Telugu poet Srinadhudu/ Srinadha.
      " The Kotas of Dhanamjaya Gothra appear as the second among the four important branches of Kshatriyas in Telugu land"
      - page 174 'History of Andhra Country' 1000AD-1500AD by Yashoda Devi.Book published by Gyan Publishing House.
      Ganna Bhupala Dantuluri was ruling a tract about Dharanikota about 1400 A.D. was of Kota lineage. Famous Telugu poet Srinatha wrote 'Dhananjaya Vijayam' and dedicated it to Dantuluri Gannabhupala. Mahamuni Kavya Kanta Ganapathi Shastry mentioned in his book that King Dantuluri Gannabhupala gave away his daughter Surambika to Ana Vema Reddy who ruled Addanki. This was mentioned to be the first marriage between Kshatriya and reddy communities"
      (Source worldlibrary. org)
      " Rudra-1 (1201-1248 AD) was the greatest of Natavadis.Rudra's earliest inscription is from Bezwada date A.D.1201 mentioning him as the brother-in-law (marundi) of Ganapati of the Kakatiyas. His next inscription also from Bezwada dated A.D.1205 mentions him as Natavadi Rudra, and his father Budhaaraja. Rudra's inscription from Tripurantakam dated A.D.1209 is issued in the reign of Ganapati of the Kakatiyas. It mentions the king as Vakkadimalla Rudra the second son of Buddha and his queen as melambika, the sister of Ganapati of Kakatiyas."
      - page Nos. 191, 192 'History of Andhra Country' 1000AD-1500AD by Yashoda Devi. Book published by Gyan Publishing House.

      Rudra-1 ( Also known as Rudraraju or Natavadi Rudraraju or Natavati Rudraraju ). Rudraraju surname Rajus could be direct descendants of the ruler. There was another Kota (Dharani Kota ) king also by name 'Rudraraju/Kota Rudraraju' of Dhananjaya gothra, it might be possible that the 'Rudraraju' surname emerged since then. Rudraraju ( Nathavati king) was also GENERAL of the Kakatiyas, he married Mailama Devi ( Mailamamba) of Kakatiya family.
      Tuni ( East Godavari) 'Dantuluri' Zamindars, 'Nallaparaju' zamindars belong to this Gothra only.
      Chalukya Veerabhadra ( then Nidadavolu prince) of Dhananjaya gothra married Rani (empress) Rudrama Devi of Kakatiya dynasty.

      ALL 'DHANANJAYA GOTHRA' RAJUS ( Telugu Kshatriyas) are direct descendants of Eastern Chalukya, Kondapadumati, Malaya , Kota ( Dharanikota) etc. dynasties.

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  3. dear
    please read what was given above. they never said kakatiyas are kammas but Kammas grew to prominence during the Kakatiya dynasty's reign.

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