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Akbar

Akbar  

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(b. 1542, r. 1556–1605)Mughal emperor, known as ‘The Great’. He showed a constructive interest in Hindu and other non-Muslim religious ideas, as well as encouraging a variety of religious practices, ...
battles of Tarain

battles of Tarain  

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(1191–2),also known as the battles of Taraori, a series of engagements, the last of which resulted in a decisive Muslim victory which opened all of northern India to Muslim ...
Guga

Guga  

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A legendary Rājpūt prince and hero (R.: bīr; Skt.: vīra). Throughout Rajasthan, parts of the Panjab, Haryana, and north-western Uttar Pradesh, he is worshipped at local shrines as a deity with power ...
Gurkhas

Gurkhas  

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Were the ruling clan of the Kathmandu valley who, in the 18th cent., expanded their empire over much of Nepal. They were defeated in 1814–16 by Lord Hastings. However, their fighting ...
ksatriya

ksatriya  

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The second classification in the four varnas of Hinduism. In its strict sense, it means ‘a warrior’, but it embraces all those involved in kṣatra.
Maratha wars

Maratha wars  

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(1774–82; 1803–05; 1817–18)Wars between the Maratha peoples of India and troops of the English East India Company. By the late 18th century the Maratha Hindus, divided into over 90 clans, had formed ...
Mewār

Mewār  

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A Hindu (Rājpūt) principality in Rajasthan (from c.14th century ce), centred on Chitor (Cittauḍ) and then Udaipur. It gave its name to a important school of miniature painting, which flourished in ...
Mirabai

Mirabai  

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(c.16th century ce)The most celebrated and popular North Indian poet-saint (sant). The earliest extended hagiographical account of her life is that of Priyādās (1712 ce). According to this narrative ...
Pabuji epic

Pabuji epic  

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A Rajasthani oral epic telling the story of Pābūjī, a deified 14th-century Rājpūt chieftan. It is performed (usually overnight) by low caste professional singers (bhopos) in front of a scroll of ...
Rajasthan

Rajasthan  

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State in nw India, on the border with Pakistan; the capital is Jaipur. Other major cities include Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer. Rajasthan was the homeland of the Rajputs. The state ...
Sindhia

Sindhia  

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A leading Maratha family, based at Gwalior in northern India, which dominated the Maratha confederacy in the late 18th century. The founder of the family's fortunes, Ranoji Sindhia (died 1750), ...

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