Kings, Queens and Warriors

Harihara and Bukka Raya: The Saviors of ancient India
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Harihara and Bukka Raya: The Saviors of ancient India

Introduction Hakka was the first ruler of the famous kingdom of Vijayanagar and Bukka his brother, the second ruler. They opposed the mighty Sultan of Delhi and brought unity and freedom to south India. They were great not only as warriors but also as rulers. Hakka and Bukka were the first kings of the Vijayanagar…

Tatia Tope, Rani Laxmi Bai’s fight against the Britishers
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Tatia Tope, Rani Laxmi Bai’s fight against the Britishers

Introduction A hero of the fight for freedom in 1857. His very name made the mighty English general’s tremble. Deceived by his friend, he faced death like a hero, for the sake of his country. Tatia Tope The British troops had pitched their tents on the parade grounds near the fort of Shivpuri, 75 miles from…

Kharavela – Biography of an Underrated king of Kalinga
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Kharavela – Biography of an Underrated king of Kalinga

Introduction A great king of Kalinga who ruled twenty-one centuries ago. Coming to the throne when the state was in distress, he brought confidence and self-respect to the people. And he refused to join hands with a foreign army against an Indian prince. This incident took place, long, long ago about 2300 years ago. Kalinga…

Mahabharat Abhimanyu Story from Subhadra’s Pregnancy
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Mahabharat Abhimanyu Story from Subhadra’s Pregnancy

Introduction The matchless youth who won immortality by his shining heroism in the mighty enemies, ranks, this warrior, barely sixteen, became the sheet anchor of Pandavas. “It is as though a herd of elephants humbled a lion’s cub; as if several snakes together killed the young one of a Garuda’ (Golden eagle) – so wailed…

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Stories, Rajyabhishek, Death
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Stories, Rajyabhishek, Death

Swami Vivekananda, when in conversation with Dr. Nanjundarao MC (a famous Dr. and a great disciple of Swami),  takes the conversation to a song that he sings in Hindi. The song is about the great king Chhatrapati Shivaji. Angered by the doctor’s question as to why Shivaji should be so respected, Swami continues to say…