The Greatest Kings in Indian History

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Who is the Greatest King in Indian History?

  1. Chandragupta Maurya

    86 vote(s)
    35.1%
  2. Ashoka

    37 vote(s)
    15.1%
  3. Raja Chola

    29 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. Akbar

    15 vote(s)
    6.1%
  5. Sri Krishna Devaraya

    13 vote(s)
    5.3%
  6. Chatrapati Shivaji

    33 vote(s)
    13.5%
  7. Tipu Sultan

    8 vote(s)
    3.3%
  8. Ranjith Singh

    8 vote(s)
    3.3%
  9. Samudra Gupta

    5 vote(s)
    2.0%
  10. Chandragupta Vikramaditya

    8 vote(s)
    3.3%
  11. Harsha

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  12. Kanishka

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  1. AnantS

    AnantS Senior Member Senior Member

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    Actually another study says that Kalinga never toned down Asoka's expansion lust. But he did gravitate more and more towards Buddhism.
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    From what I could dig up, Ashoka's first campaign was crushing a rebellion in Avanti.
    Precisely my point. It depends upon which historian you read. There is no dispute that between Pataliputra and whatever was Tamil Nadu then, there lies Kalinga. This geographical fact is undisputed.
     
  3. Dreamhunter

    Dreamhunter Regular Member

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    There were only 2 Empires in the history of India which dominated the major part of India for more than 200 years.
    These were the Maurya Empire and the Rashtrakuta Empire.
    Based on this fact the 2 greatest Emperors in Indian history were Ashoka of the Maurya Empire and Amoghavarsha of the Rashtrakuta Empire.
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    The greatest empires w.r.t. how much territory they covered are these:

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    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_empires_that_existed_in_India
     
  5. Dreamhunter

    Dreamhunter Regular Member

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    No you are wrong. The Gupta, Mughal, Delhi Sultanate and Harshas Empire mostly ruled northern India.
    The Mughals were only able to keep their territories in the Deccan region for less than 20 years.
    On the other hand the Rashtrakuta Dynasty dominated the major part of India for 200 years.
     
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    1) Raja Raja Cholan (bias)
    2) Rajendra Cholan (also bias)
    3) Gadadhar Singha/Supatphaa
    4) Chandragupta Maurya
    5) Krishnadevaraya
    6) Shivaji Bhosle
    7) Marthanda Varma
    8) Peshwa Baji Rao
    9) Abbakka Chowta
    10) Maharajah Ranjith Singh
     
  7. I am otm shank

    I am otm shank Regular Member

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    Ï think Ashoka was the greatest because he made a vast empire but he had a worldliness to him by sending missionaries and diplomats far beyond his lands to spread understanding. his empire was developed, organised and fair


    my favourite is shivaji because his lore and chivalry in battle is inspiring. He was kind while being a warrior and even more was a progressive ruler. He had so much loyalty from friends and the populace. It would have been so much easier for him to stoop to the level of Islamic barbarism and act with brutality but he chose peace and integration.

    A close second would be raja Chola. progressive prosperous and extended indian influence far beyond bharat Mata in a more tangible way than the two I mention before
     
  8. IndianHawk

    IndianHawk Senior Member Senior Member

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    He is not wrong it's just that northern India then also include land of Pakistan and Afghanistan. So geographically area was much much larger than southern part.

    Mughal were at peak at 1600s . After that they fizzled .
    Maratha empire at its peak was indirectly controlling mughal emperor.
     
  9. Srinivas_K

    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    I would also like to say 'Gowthami putra Satakarni'.

    He is a Satavahana dynasty emperor who fought Greeks and other foreigners.

    He ruled Telugu regions and Maharashtra.
     
  10. Ancient Indian

    Ancient Indian p = np :) Senior Member

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    I found pakis in History. . .
    These Muslim troops in Vijayanagara Army later became pakis.
     
  11. Aham Brahasmi

    Aham Brahasmi Regular Member

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    No, Rashtrakutas never domanated Large parts of India, they only Ruled Karnataka, MP, Maharastra and some Tiny Lands in UP.

    Only Maurya's , Harsha , Guptas and Peshwas Dominated Large parts of India.
     
  12. Aham Brahasmi

    Aham Brahasmi Regular Member

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    Yep, but irony is satavahan brahmans fought against their own kin Sunga Brahman and this destroyed large parts of their military.
     
  13. Dreamhunter

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    Harsha and the Guptas only ruled parts of northern India. On the other hand the Rashtrakuta Dynasty was the dominant power of India from the 8th to 10th century as their Empire and influence stretched from south to north India which is also mentioned by foreign travelers. There is a reason why the Arabs called the Rashtrakutas as 1 of the 4 great powers of the world and the Emperors of India.
     
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    I voted for Chandragupt Maurya for the fact that his story of ascending to power is fascinating. Raja Raja Chola is equally if not more important. He was instrumental in spreading Dharma all the way to Bali if I'm not mistaken. How much does NCERT teach Indian kids about this?
     
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  15. Dreamhunter

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    The Chola rulers like Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola are some of the greatest rulers in South Asian history because of their military success and because of their high number of hisorical records. The Chola rulers were the only South Asian rulers who were able to invade huge parts of Southeast Asia. But what make these rulers even more great is the fact that they produced the most detailed and the highest number of historical records than all the other preislamic Indian rulers. The Chola rulers left more historical records than the Mauryas and Guptas combined which is the main reason why we know more about the history of the Chola Dynasty than about the history any other pre-islamic Indian Dynasty.
     
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