he was india's most powerful ruler during his time and a defender of the hindu dharma . :thumb: interestingly , he was a contemporary of mahmud of ghazni , the barbarian invader who raped india 17 times . but mahmud and rajaraja never met in battle as mahmud never invaded south india and rajaraja never went to north india . so would rajaraja would have been able to defeat mahmud and defend hindu dharma if he had gone to the aid of the hapless rajput kings in the north ?? how about a poll being added to this thread regarding DFIan's opinion on this matter ??