Author: Anant PaiPublisher: India Book HouseYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 31ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175082240
A collection of 5 beautifully illustrated and inspiring stories from India's heroic traditions.This collection includes following stories:* Prithviraj Chauhan * Rana Kumbha *Rana Sanga * Rana Partap * Rani DurgavatiWith the death of Harsha, Kind of Kanauj, in about 647 AD, his great empire in North India collapsed. It rapidly disintegrated into several petty kingdoms.Foreign invaders took advantage of India's disunity. Some time in the 12th century, the Afghan Chief, Shahabuddin Ghori captured the empire of Mahmud of Ghazni. Prithviraj Chauhan faced this foreign invader and despite his defeat and death became the hero of many legends. The first story told in this volume is based on these legends.The second tile in this volume is Rana Kumbha. Kumbha ascended the throne of Mewar in 1433 and ruled for thirty-five years, a period replete with campaigns. He never lost a battle even when confronted with the toughest of adversaries.Rana Sanga was his worthy successor. Early in the 16th century, when a vast area of India was under the domination of foreign rulers, Sanga made a valiant attempt to defeat them. His major battle was against Babar at Khanua.By the time Rana Pratap ascended the throne of Mewar, almost everyone in North India had bowed down before Akbar. Only the lone, unbending figure of Rana Pratap stood against him. In the fourth title in this volume is presented the tale of Rana Pratap's heroic struggle against the might of the Mughal empire.Rani Durgavati, is the heroine of the fifth title in this volume. The daughter of a Rajput chieftain, she married a Gond prince. How she bravely faced Akbar's vast armies with her small army of 500 men will ever be remembered and retold with pride for generations to come.