The earliest epigraphic records, unlike those of some other tribes of this period, contain no story of the family's mythical origin, but abruptly introduce the founders of the various branches as Kachchhapaghata-Vamsa Tilaka or Kachchhapaghatanvaya-Sara-Kamala-Martanda.
According to verbal tradition the Kachchhapaghata dynasty is said to have been come from Kusha, the son of lord Rama, who belongs to the solar clan of Kshatriyas. It is also presumed that the name Kachchhapaghata came into existence as they used to attack their enemies in the manner of kachchhapa (tortoise). Gwalior inscription of Sasa-Bahu temple is the main source to know about the genealogy of Kachchhapaghata rulers. Based on the epigraphical evidences including folklore and traditions Kachchhapaghata rulers consolidated their power by 9th Cent. A D. They were sub ordinate to Pratiharas and Chandellas. In 950 AD., the victory over Pratiharas by Vajradamana was a great event of early medieval history of India.
Moreover, there are other epigraphic records which show that in 10th and 11th centuries at least three families of Kachchhapaghata ruled in and around Eastern Rajputana and the region now known as Gwalior.
They may be conveniently designated as below:
The Kachchhapaghata of Gwalior.
The Kachchhapaghata of Dubkund.
The Kachchhapaghata of Narwar.