At one time, a number of Rajput chiefs encroached upon this territory of the Gonds and eventually brought the whole region under their control. For a while the, Gonds accepted their new rulers. But soon the desire for independence gripped them and gradually, about six hundred years ago, four independent Gond kingdoms were established. One of them was Garha-Mandala and its founder, Jadurai.
Rani Durgavati; the widow of Jadurai' s descendant, Dalpat Shah, is famous for her heroic resistance to the Mughal, Akbar's expansionist campaigns. How she bravely faced his vast armies with her small army of 500 men will ever be remembered and retold with pride for .generations to come.
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