Royal Family of Kangra is one of the oldest in India, and they trace their genealogy back to the time of the founder, Susarma Chandra. The scions of this house proudly assert their claim to be of Somavanshi descent. Their ancestors held the district of Multan (Pakistan) and fought on the side of Duryodhana against the Pandavas in the great war of the Mahabharata. Before the advent of Muslim rule, the Katoch dominions extended from the banks of the Ravi River in the upper hills down to the Jalandar Doab, partitioned into two provinces, one centred in Jalandar (Trigarth), and the other in Nagarkot (old name of Kangra). For many centuries, the Katochs of Kangra have held significant importance and political prestige, and many of the Hill States owe their origin to this venerable dynasty.
On March 30, 2023, in a momentous event, Aishwarya Chandra Katoch was crowned at the historic Kangra Fort as the 489th scion to lead the distinguished royal family of Kangra, after a hiatus of nearly 400 years. The ceremony took place in the sanctified precincts of the temple of the Kul Devi Maa Ambika in Kangra Fort.
We wish him all the best in his future endeavors as the head of this venerable dynasty and as he carries on the legacy of his forefathers.