- Vatta clan may have originated from Vatta Gamini (104 BC, 88-76 BC), who was a Buddhist king of the Anuradhapura Kingdom of Sri Lanka.
- Vata is said to be originated from Vattadeva, the Damara, during reign of Harsha of Kashmir.
Mention by Panini
Bhim Singh Dahiya tells us that Bath is an ancient clan still existing in village Rajewal/Kulewal near Samrala, Ludhiana district. Their coins also have been found with the legend Vata Svaka. The first name is of the clan Vata or Bata which is now written as Bath and the second name of course may be of the individual ruler.  The find spot of the coins also points to the Punjab source.
Vatta - Mahavansa/Chapter 33 tells....A commander of troops named Kammaharattaka, overpowered the ruler, king Khallata Naga, in the capital itself. But the king's younger brother named Vatta Gamini (104 BC) killed the villainous commander and took on himself the government. The little son of his brother, king Khallatanaga, whose name was Mahaculika, he took as his son; and the (child's) mother, Anulädevi, he made his queen. Since he had thus taken the place of a father they called him Pitiraja.
Rajatarangini tells ...Uchchala was reduced to much difficulty on the day of full moon in the month of chaitra, but on the fifth day of the dark moon he fearlessly set out for battle. He allowed Vattadeva and others to take their own course that they might create confusion in the kingdom. He intended to enter Kashmira by the way which led through Kramarajya. Kapila, grandson of Kshema, whom the king had placed at Lohara after Udayasiha, fled as Uchchala entered the place. Uchchala moved before his army with sword and shield, and arrived at Parnotsa, and there compelled the royal army to fly. He captured Sujjaka, Lord of Dvara, who was reposing at ease and apprehended no danger, and soon entered Kashmira. Some of the Damaras and the people of Khasha, who inhabited the mountains and who were enemies of the king, now joined Uchchala.[VII (i),p.268]
Rajatarangini mentions that when Sussala becomes king of Kashmir second time in 1121 AD defeating Bhikshachara, Sussala met other Lavanyas on the way and returned. He entered the capital after driving out Bhikshachara and capturing the wounded Simha, a relative of Prithvihara. The capital, like a harlot, still bore marks of the enemy's possession and was therefore painful to the eyes of the proud Sussala.
Leaving Kashmira, Bhikshu with Prithvihara and others went to the village of Pushpānaḍa which was in the possession of Somapala. The king went and subdued all the Damaras and placed Malla, son of Vatta, at Kheri and Harshamitra at Kampana. Those who had heedlessly acted against him did not receive his mercy now. (p.82)
The hero Prithvihara fell on Purapura, and though he had a small army, he defeated the son of Vatta and made him flee from battle. [p.82-83]:
Rajatarangini tells.... The Damaras mistook Shrivaka, coming with his followers, for Sujji, and fell on him and killed and plundered his soldiers. In this scuffle Meru and Sajjana, two horsemen, perished, and Malla, son of Vatta, was wounded and died in a few days. The place Udipapārnvāla had become dangerous, as the chasm there was filled with much water. [VIII(i), p.121]
- O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu,p.60,s.n. 2283
- Rajatarangini of Kalhana:Kings of Kashmira/Book VII (p.268)
- V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.211
- V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.222
- V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.121
- John Allan, op. cit., p. CXXXIII, intro.
- Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study), Bhim Singh Dahiya, p.335
- Rajatarangini of Kalhana:Kings of Kashmira/Book VII (i),p.268
- Kings of Kashmira Vol 2 (Rajatarangini of Kalhana)/Book VIII,p.80
- Kings of Kashmira Vol 2 (Rajatarangini of Kalhana)/Book VIII (i)]],p.121
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