Raksel is a Rajput clan. The Raksel Rajputs ruled several states in India (mainly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand) during the Middle Ages and British rule, including Surguja State and Udaipur. Raksel Rajput Raja Man Singh was ruling Palamu prior to the rule of the Chero dynasty.
A Chero chief of Shahabad, Bhagwant Rai, took service under the Raksel Rajput chief Man Singh of Palamu. Bhagwant Rai assassinated Man Singh, taking advantage of the local Raja's absence at a ceremony at Surguja to raise the standard of revolt and founded his own kingdom around 1572.