According to James Tod, he propounded the theory that the Rajputs were descendants of foreigners namely Sakas, Hunas, Kushana, Gurjaras and also from Sythic (Central Asia). The Rajput tribes could scarcely acquire some of their still existing Sythic habits and war like superstition. They had settled in India and are assimilated into Indian society. The upper ranks of these foreigners formed a separate war like class and began to call themselves as Rajputs. The lower classes came to be known as Jats, Ahirs, etc. Tod brings in certain similarities in support of his theory between the Rajputs and the foreign settlers. The resemblances are horse worship, Asvamedha sacrifice, bards, war chariots, position of women, omens and auguries, etc. D. R. Bhandarkar agrees that most of them belong to priestly class of foreigners. The foreign origin view is also testified by the existence of epigraphic evidence.
The practice of new social groups claiming Kshatriya status became widespread in the early medieval period. Kshatriya status was one of the various symbols that the emergent social groups sought for the legitimating of their newly acquired power. The Rajputs rose to prominence in the process of resisting foreign invasions and that they shouldered willingly to
the Kshatriyas’ duty of
fighting for the land as well as for
its people and culture. Rajput’s gotrochhara
makes them Kshatriyas of the Lunar family (somavamshi) while on the basis of old kavyas some maintain that they were of the solar race. The myths of solar origin regard them as Kshatriya created in kaliyuga to wipe-out the mlecchas (foreigners).
According to the Agnikula myth recorded by a court poet, the founder of the house of the Paramaras originated from the firepit of sage Vasistha on Mount Abu. The man, who thus sprang out of the fire, forcibly wrested the wish-granting cow of Sage Vasishtha from Sage Vishwamitra and restored it to the former. Sage Vasistha gave him the fitting name of paramara
slayer of the enemy. From him sprang a race, which was regarded with high esteem by virtuous kings.
Inscriptions of this period also suggest that the Paramaras originated from the fire of Sage Vasishtha on Mount Abu.
The Rajasthani bards went a step further and described the fire origin not only to the Paramaras but also to the Pratiharas, the Chalukyas, and the Chauhans.