Rajasthan is famous for its colourful culture and royal heritage. Listed below are some prominent rulers of Rajasthan who are popularly known for their valour.
In this article, we’ll know about top 5 eminent rulers of Rajasthan.
1. Hammir Dev Chauhan (1283-1301)
Also known as Hammiradeva, Hammir Dev Chauhan was the last king of the Chauhan dynasty who ruled Ranastambhapura, known as Ranthambore in modern times.
He was the most marvellous ruler the Ranthambore Fort had ever witnessed. The fort stands today in the Ranthambore National Park speaking the story of this mighty ruler.
2. Rana Kumbha (1433-1468)
Also known as the ‘Hindu Sultan’ and ‘Abhinav Bharta Charya’, Rana Kumbha (or Kumbhakarna) was the king with great administrative skills, astonishing battle prowess and amazing intellect. During 35 years of his regime, he never lost a single battle and extended his territory till Malwa and Agra in south and north respectively. He is also known for renovating of 32 Forts around Mewar including the most famous the Kumbhalgarh Fort. He has also written literatures like Samgita-raja, Rasika-Priya, Sudaprabandha, and Kamaraja-ratisara.
3. Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (1501-1556)
Also known as Hemu, Hem Chandra Vikramaditya was the Hindu general of the Adil Shah Suri. He is known for winning 22 battles for the Adil Shah against the Afghans and Mughals. He is also responsible for establishing the ‘Hindu Raj’ in North India for a short duration from the Purana Quila in Delhi.
4. Maharana Pratap Singh (1540-1597)
He was the king of Mewar, the most powerful kingdom in the Rajasthan in those times. He had fought the famous battle of Haldighati in 1576 but that resulted in his defeat as a result of which he had to retreat and had to operate from the hilly area of Mewar. He continued his fights against Akbar and later recaptured many of his lost territories from him.
5. Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707-1763)
Also known as Sujan Singh, the Jat king Maharaja Suraj Mal was the powerful ruler of Bharatpur. He is popularly known as the “Plato of the Jat people” and the “Jat Odysseus” due to his extraordinary political skills, high intellect and clear vision. He died in 1763 in the battle with the Nawab Najib ad-Dawlah.