The Greatest Kings in Indian History

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Who is the Greatest King in Indian History?

  1. Chandragupta Maurya

    99 vote(s)
    34.7%
  2. Ashoka

    40 vote(s)
    14.0%
  3. Raja Chola

    33 vote(s)
    11.6%
  4. Akbar

    16 vote(s)
    5.6%
  5. Sri Krishna Devaraya

    14 vote(s)
    4.9%
  6. Chatrapati Shivaji

    42 vote(s)
    14.7%
  7. Tipu Sultan

    8 vote(s)
    2.8%
  8. Ranjith Singh

    9 vote(s)
    3.2%
  9. Samudra Gupta

    7 vote(s)
    2.5%
  10. Chandragupta Vikramaditya

    13 vote(s)
    4.6%
  11. Harsha

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  12. Kanishka

    3 vote(s)
    1.1%
  1. Meghavan

    Meghavan Regular Member

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    mughal empire died due to Aurangzeb, Rajput and Pashtuns.

    you see it was only Aurangzeb who alloted large numbers of pashtuns into mughal army and nobility before that mughals used rajputs to counter Afghan influenza (suri).

    but in shoort time due to his interference into Marvad succession at lest 30% of His army, Rajput re bailed togather and started a war on mughal empire.

    in pashtun area one mughal ooficer raped a pashtun girl and his tribe and fellow tribes started ther own rebellion, other 30% of mughal army , pashtuns also joined this rebellion and to countrt this king sent 40,000 strong mughal army but all massacred by Pashtun tribes.

    these 2 blunders and death of 40,000 elite strong men destroyed mughal army. bajro just attacked at the right time.
     
  2. HariPrasad-1

    HariPrasad-1 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Ya naturally you will think that. You do not need to read history of other kings before Zeroing on Akabar. Had it been Aurangzeb in place of Akbar, he would have been your choice.
     
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  3. Umbersrtella

    Umbersrtella New Member

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    Chandragupta Maurya is the best one, he was the first ruler of the Mauryan Empire and his children and grandchildren made India one of the world's greatest empires during their time.
     
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    wow, what a great India was...and now broken into many states..... :(
     
  5. mayfair

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    I am surprised no one has mentioned Bindusara here. A lot of what Ashoka inherited was actually put together by Bindusara. He ascended the throne at the age of 22 and brought almost the entire peninsula under control, save for the Tamil Kingdoms who had friendly treaties with the Maurya empire.
     
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  6. Willy2

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    Samudra Gupta and Vindusara probably most underrated king In Indian history .

    Samudra Gupta
    Never lose a single war

    led invasion in Southern India ,Capture 13 strong southern state from ganjam of Odisa to Cholas of deep south subjugated to him , but instead of taking kingship from respected leaders of those state , he made frienship with them and create a greater economic relation within Indian subcontinent without creating political mess

    Made matrimonial alliance with only left major remaining sovereign southern power vakatas to create a de fecto Akhand bharat from khaybar to Pandya rajya in south with only fraction of bloodshed of what Mauryan use.

    Trade with Rome and Sassanid was in all time peak by his time ,most prosperous time of Indian history interms of money .

    Cultural influence of India reach it's peak . India was true superpower by that time ,we literally capture China and whole east asia with our Buddhism. We even made central asian tribes calm and peaceful with our cultural spectrum .

    Hopefully we will reach that stage again
     
  7. Filtercoffee

    Filtercoffee Regular Member

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    A half tonight.

    No space for 'trimurti'? Or was the public's way of saying 'hey look we got them'. This I say due to the temples and idols being shown fire and incense to please their egos, it is like viagra for insulting gods. As luck would have, they were allowed to and still do. You see, most of the monarchs were filled with malace against them and the public they have intermitantly. So they made two faces done for or by personal choice, this after bhasmasur, ravan and boon wishers and the like. Also if these kings were kings they would never speak about what was their inspiration to choose a lifetime to serve the public. Must've been scary for some of their subjects. Lets hope for the best for the budding underground kings in the future to come. Now about the being a king; only a few know, politics and war are not easy if you are a mortal, these three were controlling all of the going on since it all began, from education, warfare and healthcare were all done by them. So I think none after are kings since a king is never steered by his subjects and court. This is my opinion. And dont worry about the cartoon net advertisement for a peculiar show. Of course none would agree. The idea to fuse came and is done only by them and now 4, as we go to the 4 kings of direction, 4th being the jewel of the solar system; after the 2nd largest is the 4th. Lol I know and some of the south park boys will shudder, but its what I know.
    Lets hope there are some who dont work or serve these 4, I see most of the hypered doing that all the time. So do I. Dont ask, I wont tell. Playing cards; of course you see. There is was no religion, only immediate positive feelings will do, any where and in time. They gave themselves up for the budding kings.

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  8. Tibarn

    Tibarn Dharmic Nationalist

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    Bhojadeva or Shivaji or Chandragupta Maurya are the greatest. Peshwa Bajirao as well, if you can count him as a king.

    Akbar and Ashoka are both overrated secularism candidates
     
  9. HindaviSwarajya

    HindaviSwarajya Regular Member

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    Akbar killed all people including children in chittor. All this secular credentials are falsely claimed by his and subsequent historians. Only thing he was less barbaric compared to others. Never in list.

    and again this list is only 5000 yrs old if you go to age of purans we had world conquerers then- pandavs, shri ram(lord vishnu avataar) even ravana etc. I believe this is also history just that very difficult to get proofs though we are getting many now.
     
  10. KumarG

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    Shri Ram. Close thread please.
     
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  11. TheVarun

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    Chandragupta Vikramaditya. India was at its most prosperous, civilized and creative during this phase, particularly under his rule. He also removed the last vestiges of Indo-Scythian rule in North India, and conducted a campaign deep into Afghanistan, where he vanquished the Kushans and Sassanids who were ruling there. There is even an oblique reference to this campaign in a Sassanid document. They refer to a major and sudden upheaval in that area coming from the East. Indian sources also speak of Vikramaditya's campaign against the "Vahlikas" in Afghanistan.It's interesting how two separate vague passages confirm an incident!

    But the political/military achievements aside, it was the economic, literary and scientific achievements that mark this era.
     
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    He is also known as the napolean of india
     
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  13. Berkut

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    Just heard about Suhel Dev Paasi, from a Sanjeev Sanyal lecture...
    His army met the Turks in the Ganga plains n gave them such a sound thrashing that there was no conquest trips from central Asia for the next 150 years!!!
     
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  14. S.A.T.A

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    Why is Kharavela of the Kalinga missing from the list. He avenged the humiliation of Kalinga, by Magadha a hundred years back, by defeating Magadha. Same time he drove back the Greek Demetrius, who had invaded India. Then he defeats Satakarni of Sathavahas(who was by all records a powerful ruler). As if this wasn't enough, he goes on to defeat the Dravida confederation in South India..... For the ruler of a small kingdom, Kharavela was an overachiever and he lets the world know of that fact on his Hathigumpa inscription.
     
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  15. Kshatriya87

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    You should do the honors and post about him.
     
  16. Tamil TigerWoods

    Tamil TigerWoods Regular Member

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    I like my kings who have exemplary military contributions above all, so here’s my list for the sake of brevity:

    1) Marthanda Varma of Travancore. Why? He inflicted a crushing and decisive defeat on the Dutch Colonial empire in the Battle of Colachel in 1741. (1) According to military/security columnist and writer Sandeep Unnithan, the Dutch were the paramount European power at that contemporaneous stage in history. (2) According to various other sources, this was also the only instance in the annals of history wherein an Asian kingdom defeated a European power both at land AND sea. The Dutch are said to have never recovered from this colossal defeat and were no longer a threat to the Indian subcontinent.

    2) Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire. Why? He defeated the Seleucid Empire, dealing and delivering a crushing blow which rendered the latter suffering devastating losses and the need to usher for peace through a hasty treaty. All-in-all, this defeat signalled the end of the uniqueness of the Ancient Greek conquests into the Indian subcontinent as opposed to their prior adventures. Not only did Alexander the Great himself return after barely touching India, due to a mutiny amongst his own soldiers who did not have the heart or courage to continue the battle against Indian kingdoms after their gruelling war against a tiny, insignificant regional ruler like Porus.....but Alexander’s own Greek successors/satraps were quickly routed by Chandragupta Maurya and the Greek rule over Northwestern India utterly eliminated in just a few years. This is in stark contrast to what happened with other great ancient civilizations such as the Persians or Egyptians: the former of which spent several centuries toiling under Greek rule (both Parthians and Sassanids) and the latter of which never recovered its glory after the Greek military subjugation. Also, the Greek conquests of the East are seen by Western military scholarship as the provenance of European (remember: Ancient Greece is seen as the cradle of European and Western civilizations) imperialism over the East/non-Europeans which later served as an ideological forebear for the age of European colonialism.
     
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  17. Tamil TigerWoods

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    3) Shivappa Nayaka of the Keladi Nayaka kingdom. Why? His conquests in Karnataka and Kerala against the Portuguese empire is stuff of marvel. He is said to have completely defeated and destroyed the Portuguese political power in the Kanara region and captured all their forts. This stands as the first victory of Indian kings over European colonial powers as this was in the middle of the 17th century.

    4) Chimaji Appa (Peshwa Baji Rao). Why? Similar to the above scenario, the capture of Vasai (Bassein) and much of the coastal territories of Maharashtra (save the Goan enclave) from the Portuguese once again signifies the strength and capability of Indian kings over a Western European empire. The Portuguese never again recovered from this defeat and the siege of Vasai became one of the most legendary feats of the Maratha Empire in history.

    According to the sources on the history of Portuguese India, the above both served to check Portuguese expansion and gains in the subcontinent. Upon being defeated by Chimaji Appa and Shivappa Nayaka, the Portuguese only possessed Goa and some tiny territories on they Western coast....and we all know how Portuguese control of Goa culminated in their crushing defeat and annexation into the Indian union in 1961.
     
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  18. Tamil TigerWoods

    Tamil TigerWoods Regular Member

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    5) Girvan Yudra Bikram Shah (Nepali, not Indian, but Hindu). Why? Under him the Nepali Gurkha kingdom became engrossed in the war against the British. The Anglo-Nepali or Anglo-Gurkha war was the culmination of decades of preceding hostilities....and the mighty British whose empire was the greatest in the history of the world could not subdue the Gurkhas. The war ended in a stalemate. A stalemate between 12,000 Gurkha irregulars and 30,000 British forces armed with superior weaponry. British accounts of the war speak of their ignominious result as they eventually had to sign a hasty peace treaty with the Gurkhas which allowed them to then conscript the latter. The Gurkhas have gone on to fight and win British battles and wars as the latter have seen what a truly indomitable fighting force looks like in man and spirit, all the while earning the reputation as being the most fearsome fighters in the world.

    6) Gadadhar Singha of the Ahom Kingdom. Why? Under him, the final battle between the Ahoms and Mughals has been conducted. Aurangzeb’s campaign to expand the Mughal Empire into the Northeast of India ended in an abject failure. Despite being the wealthiest and most powerful ruler in the world at this particular time- and having dismantled the British East India company’s colonial ambitions during the earlier Child’s War campaign- the mighty Mughal Empire under Aurangzeb had been completely repulsed by the Ahom Kingdom and been forced to retreat. While the Battle of Itakhuli (under Gadadhar Singha) marked the final battle between the Ahoms and the Mughals, it should be noted that the Battle of Saraighat in the previous decade was in fact the monumental battle between the two forces- arguably one of the greatest Naval showdowns in both Indian and world history. The Ahom kingdom went onto rule for the next century without any foreign disruption- however, a civil war sparked by the Moamoria and other rebellions lead to the utter destruction and devastation of the empire, serving almost as the sole reason for the decline in the 600-year old Ahom dynasty as more than half the population of the kingdom had been destroyed due to infighting in the Moamoria rebellion. This meant that kingdom was utterly depleted when the Burmese invasions and occupation took place, and the subsequent British annexation emerged. Had it not been for the Moamoria rebellion, the British never could’ve taken hold of the Ahom kingdom which would mean India today would not be in possession of Assam. Interesting how history shapes up.
     
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  19. Filtercoffee

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    What I know through sources is that Bhrama is only Libran and Sarasawti too. Pieces are only adityas leaving only the planets too being Pieces. Next now is (please dont judge me on what I heard, its true visually. I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR THE REVEAL.) The maruts which comprise of Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius and Capricorn are next to be revealed and revered. Only Aquariuues, Cancerians and Scorpions are Enlil ( Balram too and please dont take this as a want which happened due to comfirmation for this entire list by me). Now from this I believe only Brahma in human form is the king and no one above his kingship is fact. (Aragon son of Arathon fron lord of the rings and changed wife due to some pressure unknown by me.) it all adds up.:daru: :biggrin2:
     
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  20. Tamil TigerWoods

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    No idea how to decipher this post.....

    Anyways, for people who are interested, please read Rakesh Krishnan Simha- defence analyst and published writer- on his historical pieces on wars involving Indian kingdoms.

    His works on Chandragupta Maurya and the Mauryan-Seleucid Empire as quoted above is derived from his piece "Why the Greeks never came back to India".

    Fantastic writer on South Asian military affairs. A must-read/follow.
     

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