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The word maharaja, in a real sense 'extraordinary lord', evokes a dream of quality and eminence. These royal leaders of India assumed a significant part inside a social and verifiable setting and were supporters of human arts, both in India and Europe. That brought about glorious items representative of regal status, power, and character. The title appears to have been presented at some point by the Kushāns. They were influenced by the Śaka (Scythian) and Persian-Mongolian leaders of northwestern India and favored the honorific "extraordinary ruler" over "lord." Chandra Gupta I, the third ruler of the Gupta time frame, took the title mahārājādhirāja ("extraordinary lord of rulers"), a Sanskrit delivering of the Persian shahanshah. Other, even more, swelled honorifics followed, and during specific periods even vassal lords with somewhat little property were known as maharajas. Some great Maharajas of India are-


  1. King Ashoka


Ashoka was the last significant sovereign of the Mauryan dynasty of India. His vivacious support of Buddhism during his rule encouraged the extension of that religion all through India. Following his effective, however bloody success, of the Kalinga country on the east coast, Ashoka disavowed armed triumph and took on a strategy that he called "victory by dharma" (i.e., by standards of right life). To acquire wide exposure for his lessons and his work, Ashoka spread the word about them through oral declarations and inscriptions on rocks and pillars at appropriate destinations.


  1. Wajid Ali Shah


Amjad Ali Shah's oldest child, Wajid Ali Shah, who was ultimately bound to be the last leader of Awadh, rose to the lofty position of Awadh in 1847. Wajid Ali Shah was an extraordinary benefactor of vocalists, performers, artists, and various other artists. He was likewise extraordinarily inspired by design and architecture. He began building the Qaiser bagh royal residence when he ascended the throne.



  1. Maharaja Ranjit Singh


Maharaja Ranjit Singh, prestigiously known as the Lion of the Punjab or Sher-e-Punjab was an incredible ruler and was instrumental in building the Sikh realm of Punjab. He was the first from our country in a thousand years to reverse the situation of intrusion back into the countries of India's conventional conquerors, the Pashtuns (Afghans). His reign extended from the Khyber Pass in the northwest to the Sutlej River in the east, and from Kashmir, the Indian subcontinent's northernmost region, toward the south to the Thar (Great Indian) Desert. Punjab state is the main state which had crushed Afghanistan. Ranjit Singh was accounted to be visually impaired in one eye. He was the lone offspring of Maha Singh, and after his dad's demise, he turned into the Shukerchakias' boss at 12 years old which was a Sikh gathering. Gujranwala town and the encompassing towns, presently in Pakistan, were part of the heritage.



Most regal families in India were more forward and modern in their way of life and living than most Indians. The ladies of the royal residences frequently looked into artistic expression, culture, and social work. They became benefactors and epicureans of the best arts and made the ideal hostess for important guests at the Palace — which included everybody, from the American President to the Queen. 



FAQs


Q1. Who was the first person to use the title “Maharani”?


At a focal intersection in Kolhapur is the sculpture of a lady on a horse, with a sword. This is Rani Tarabai, the daughter-in-law of Shivaji and a dauntless and powerful sovereign. Rani Tarabai was the spouse of Rajaram, Shivaji's child from his second wife Soyrabai. She was the primary Indian sovereign to utilize the title "Maharani".


Q2. Do Maharajas with opulent lifestyles still exist?


Maharajas still exist in India, namely-


  1. Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar is the 76th Maharaja of the Mewar tradition. The family claims legacy inns, resorts, and magnanimous establishments across Rajasthan and has an aggregate staff of  1,200 individuals to run them.


  2. Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar is the current Maharaja of Mysore. It is said that the family has properties and resources of up to Rs. 10,000 crore.


  3. The sixteenth scion of the sovereignty of Alsisar, Abhimanyu Singh is as of now the Maharaja of his family and is also called the Raja of Khetri. Under the family name, he has a haveli in Jaipur and Ranthambore. In addition, he is likewise the sponsor of a yearly EDM celebration, Magnetic Fields.


    Q3. Who is the greatest ruler in Indian History?

     

    The greatest ruler known to Indian history is Ashoka the Great. His empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya, grandfather of Ashoka, more than 2300 years ago. Ashoka was greatly supported and led by Chanakya, also known as Kautilya. Ashoka was the third and most powerful ruler of the Maurya dynasty. His reign between 273 BC and 232 B.C. in the history of India was one of the most prosperous periods. Ashoka the Great also sent messengers to Egypt, Syria, Greece, and Sri Lanka spreading ideas about Dhamma. He also got his message inscribed on the rocks and pillars which later came to be known as Ashoka Pillars.


    Q4. Who is the most famous emperor of India?

     

    Chandragupta Maurya: The founder of the Maurya dynasty in ancient India reigned from 321 BCE–298 BCE.

     

    Akbar: Akbar was the third emperor of the Mughal dynasty and ruled between 1556 to 1605. Ashoka, the Great belonged to the Maurya Dynasty, ruled between 268 BCE to 232 BCE.

     

    Shivaji: Shivaji Bhosale, the founder and the greatest emperor of the Maratha Empire, was capped as ‘Chhatrapati’ for leading the fight against the Mughals

     

    Ranjit Singh: Born in 1780, Ranjit Singh was the chief of the Sikh Empire.

     

    Maharana Pratap: Pratap Singh, known as Maharana Pratap, was a brave Rajput king of Mewar, who declined to surrender before the Mughals.


    Q5. Who was the most important ancient Indian emperor?

     

    Chandragupta Maurya (Approx. 321 BC -298 BC) : He was the first true emperor of India. He ascended the throne between 323 BC and 321 BC, after defeating Dhana Nanda.

     

    Ashoka (273 BC -239 BC), grandson of Chandragupta Maurya. His early life was marred by extreme cruelty, violence, and war. After the Kalinga war, he had a change of heart, converted to Buddhism.

     

    Chandra Gupta II (375 AD – 414 AD) was the son of Samudra Gupta. Due to his valor and sagacity, he earned the title of Vikramaditya, the legendary king,

     

    Harshavardhana (606 AD – 647 AD) was a unique emperor in the history of India.


    Q6. Who was the strongest emperor of India?

     

    “ASHOKA THE GREAT '', the ‘Samraat Chakravartin,’ belonged to the Maurya Dynasty and ruled between 268 BCE to 232 BCE. Was the grandson of the great Chandragupta Maurya, One of the greatest emperors of India, Ashoka expanded the Mauryan dynasty and ruled over a kingdom that stretched from Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east. The Dynasty’s capital city was Pataliputra (present-day Patna in Bihar), with regional/provincial capitals at Ujjain and Taxila. Ashoka embraced Buddhism in about 263 BCE after witnessing people’s mass fatality at the end of the Kalinga War. Modern India’s emblem has also been extracted from the Lion Capital of the great Ashoka.


    Q7. Who is the bravest emperor in India?

     

    Chhatrapati Shivaji established a competent, progressive, well-structured civil rule, and had a disciplined military. He introduced new military tactics, pioneering guerrilla warfare practices to defeat enemies. Shivaji was extremely religious and studied Ramayana and Mahabharata. These influenced his lifelong defense of Hindu values. By the young age of 18, he conquered many important forts. He had control over 360 forts to secure his growing kingdom. The battle in which Afzal Khan was killed by Shivaji is un-parallel. In 1666, Aurangzeb arrested Shivaji, but he escaped miraculously in the sweet baskets. He was truly a secular king, many Mughals were heading his various military units.


    Q8. Who was the first woman queen in Indian history?

     

    The first woman to rule India was Raziyat-Ud-Dunya Wa Ud-Din, popularly known as Razia Sultana was a ruler of the Delhi Sultanate in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. She succeeded her father Shams-ud-din Iltutmish in 1236. Razia had to fight for the throne as the nobles established her brother Ruknuddin Firuz as the king, who proved to be an incapable and cruel ruler. The queen ascended to the throne after overthrowing him by mobilizing and leading the general public toward a rebellion, following which, she imprisoned and executed Ruknuddin. Although her reign was short-lived, Razia Sultan proved herself as a strong and capable leader.


    Q9. Who was the most beautiful queen in ancient India?

     

    Rani Padmavati, also known as Padmini was the queen who married King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittorgarh. Her beauty was so widespread that Allauddin Khilji tried to attack Chittore to capture her. Instead, she committed Jauhar (self-immolation) along with hundreds of other Rajput women

     

    Rani Lakshmi Bai: married to Maharaja of Jhansi, she was very pretty and a brave queen. Was widowed at the age of 22, the British refused to accept her adopted son as the heir, so she initiated a revolt. She died a martyr’s death on June 17, 1858, fighting against the British. She was a veteran in horse riding, martial arts, and sword fighting.


    Q10. Who was the bravest queen of India?

     

    Queen Didda of Kashmir: Didda started ruling solely from c. 979/980 AD and remained in power until 1003 AD. She ruled with an iron fist and quelled any dissension or rebellion.

     

    Rani Velu Nachiyar being the first Indian queen to have fought the British power and she has been hailed with the name of ‘Veeramangai’ (‘Brave Woman’) by her people.

     

    Chand Bibi of the Deccan Chand Bibi repulsed the attack of Mughal Emperor Akbar and defended her fort successfully.

     

    Kittur Rani Chennamma, and many more, are the bright names like goddesses Durga and Kali, the embodiment of Shakti. Rani Durgavati of Gond, Rani Tarabai of the Marathas


    Q11. Which book is Recognised as the first History of India?

     

    RAJTARANGINI is the first historical book of India, written by the famous author KALHAN (12th century) in the Sanskrit language between 1148 and 1149. Rajatarangini (The River of Kings) is a metrical legendary and historical chronicle of the north-western Indian subcontinent, particularly the kings of Kashmir. The work consists of 7826 verses, which are divided into eight books called Tarangas (waves). The Rajataringini provides the earliest source on Kashmir that can be labeled as a "historical" text on this region. Although inaccurate in its chronology, the book still provides an invaluable source of information about early Kashmir and its neighbors in the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent.