Top 10 Greatest Warriors in Indian History

India is proud to be home to the valiant warriors who set new paradigms for the rest to follow in every era. These warriors were not only exemplary when it came to close-combat but also drafted brilliant strategies that are still very much applicable. It requires more than absolute brilliance to be remembered for centuries. The list of such warriors is endless and ranges from Cholas, Mauryas, Chauhans, Rajputs to Mughals. Here is the list of top 10 greatest warriors in Indian history:

10. Rajendra Chola (son of Rajaraj Chola I) (1012 to 1044 CE):

One of the greatest rulers of the Tamil Chola Dynasty, Rajendra Chola was a very talented administrator and warrior. He expended his empire to the Coast of Burma, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Maldives and Pegu islands. It is believed that Cholas became one of the most powerful dynasties under his rule and the glory surged to a new high.

Rajendra Chola - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

9. Akbar (October 14, 1542 to October 27, 1605):

A third generation ruler in the Mughal Empire, Akbar ruled almost all of the northern and central India. He is celebrated highly for his unmatched acumen in forming strategies and splendid victory in the Second Battle of Panipat. He is also known for his military innovations that were later adopted by many other kings as well. His shrewd warfare tactics can be learnt from a multitude of battles and wars described in various history books.

Akbar - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

8. Sher Shah Suri (1486 to 22 May 1545):

Farid Khan or Sher Khan, or better known as Sher Shah Suri was the founder of Sur Empire in the Indian Subcontinent. Later, he took control over the reins of the Mughal Empire. Some historians regard him as the best strategist and the most competent army general in the Indian history. He is also remembered for killing a tiger without using any weapon in the jungles of Bihar.

Sher Shah Suri - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

7. Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC to 298 BC):

Founder of the Mauryan Empire, Chandragupta Maurya unified different states of India into one empire when the Indian sub-continent was about to fall apart. He is regarded as one of the greatest warriors ever born on the land of India. This great warrior even finds a mention in Greek and Latin historical records where he was equated along with Alexander The great for defeating Alexander’s successors and gaining control over some parts of his empire.

Chandragupta Maurya - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

 

6. Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (c 380 to 413/415 CE):

He was one of the most powerful kings of the Gupta Empire who ruled the northern India for a long time. He was the son of Samudragupta the Great. The period of his rule is referred to as the Golden Age of India in the history books. Chandragupta II Vikramaditya ruled fearlessly for a very long time and went on to aggressively expand his empire like his predecessor did.

Chandragupta II Vikramaditya - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

 

5. Samudragupta (c.335 to c.375 CE):

The famous ruler of Gupta Empire, Samudragupta is considered to be one of the finest strategists of his times. He was the direct successor to Chandragupta I and always ruled on the fundamentals of war and aggression. His glorious conquests through the southern India along the coast of Bay of Bengal are highly renowned. He was known as the “Chakravati Raja” in the northern part of India due to his passion for victories in the war.

Samudragupta - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

4. Prithviraj Chauhan (1149 to 1192 CE):

A king from the Hindu Chauhan dynasty (Chauhamana), Prithviraj Chauhan ruled the kingdom of Ajmer and Delhi during his reign in the latter part of 12th century. As per the Indian history, Prithviraj Chauhan defeated the Muslim ruler Ghori in the First Battle of Tarain but let him free as an open gesture. However, in the preceding war he was defeated and captured as a war prisoner. Subsequently, his eyes were pierced with iron rod.

Prithviraj Chauhan - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

 

3. Rani Lakshmi Bai (November 19, 1828 to June 18, 1858):

Queen of Maratha ruled state of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai is one of the most popular female warriors in the Indian history. She was also one of the leaders in the rebellion of 1857. She was ordered to vacate the throne of Jhansi under the “Doctrine of Lapse” once her husband and Maharaja of the state left for heavenly abode. She fought against the Britishers with her small army. She is symbolized in the history books as a warrior riding a horse with her toddler tied on the back.

Rani Lakshmi Bai - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

2. Maharana Pratap (May 9, 1540 to January 9, 1597):

Maharana Pratap was a very brave Hindu Rajput ruler from Rajasthan. His stories of outstanding bravery against the Mughals especially Akbar can give goose bumps to many till date. His struggle with Akbar can be traced back on the same lines as in the case of Shivaji and Aurangzeb. In short, he fought against the invading Mughals to save his motherland from their clutches and sacrificed his life. Maharana Pratap along with his legendary horse Chetak spent a long time in the forests when the war was going on.

Maharana Pratap - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

 

1. Shivaji (1627/1630 to April 3, 1680):

The founder of Maratha Empire, Chatrapati Shivaji was a gallant ruler whose empire enclosed almost complete Indian subcontinent at one point of time. He is regarded as one of the very few rulers in the Indian history that led a resistance movement against mighty Mughals and Adishahi Sultanate of Bijapur. It was him who formed Hindavi Swarajya for the first time that accounted for complete Hindu rule. His combat and guerrilla warfare stories are still very famous.

 Shivaji - Greatest Warriors in Indian History

29 Comments

  1. santosh

    October 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Feel proud that shivaji maharaj is on 1st position n he deserve it.he is true lion hearted worrior.

  2. nabhketanpandit

    December 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Shiva ji the gr8

  3. mehra_15

    March 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    shivaji was great but in my opinion maharapratap was the no.1 warrior of all time in india

  4. navjyot

    October 11, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Ever heard of hari singh nalwa??

  5. jatin

    October 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hari singh was a great General
    But there was another character whose name was not given Ashoka
    He was the only one capable controlling whole India.Which even East India company failed to do.
    And yes Shivaji Maharaj was the greatest and biggest .har har mahadev

  6. devashish

    October 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    name of ashoka the great is not included why and Chandra Gupta Maurya is ranked low why. He was as powerful as Alexander. name of Babar is not given . Babur was so strong and valiant that he can grab two persons in his shoulders and can run on a wall .

  7. yogesh

    October 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Shivaji maharaj is at top…always and every time….he was one of the greatest emperer in india & maharashtra….JAY SHIVAJI
    JAY BHAVANI !!!!!

  8. usman

    October 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    ridiculous!!lie!all crap and bullshit!!1-sher shah suri,2-aurangzeb,3-akbar,4-maharana pratap!!get ur facts corrected..

  9. Pratap

    November 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Abey Usman. Akbar piche se waar karta ta. Aur Pratap samne se. Ek baar Pratap ne Akbar ko jaan bhi baksh me diya tha kyonki us wakt Akbar phike hosh kho baita tha. Akbar ko tho 9th position diya he who tumara hero ka khush naseebhi hein. Samje bacha?

  10. imwhoim

    November 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    The greatest warrior would be the young boy at whom people used to laugh when he talked about defeating & expelling the Mughals from India & which he did .If u have no idea who I’m talking about then u don’t know ur history pal!..

  11. Aditya

    November 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    No one has given rights to all of you to decide that , this warriors deserve this n this………………..all r fit In there position ……they deserves there position by what they done bravely in there life time and I must say I’m proud of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharana Pratap

  12. Aadi rocks

    December 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    These Indians always put their coward warriors like Maharana pratap , prithviraj chauhan and Shivaji first and never included the best warriors like Ashoka , akbar , Aurangzeb and if they included then put them on last but if you Indians are still having any doubt then check the world’ top 100 people of all times which includes only akbar , babar and Ashoka . And never ever uses the name of Maharana partap because akbar defeated him in his own fort and captured his fort and on seeing this Maharana partap escaped from there leaving behind his mothers and sisters and so all the ladies performed the jauhar ceremony i.e, burning themselves in the fire. So this proves that how great your Maharana partap is. And don’t abuse me after this bcoz I have read it frm Wikipedia . So go and confirm this

  13. sunny singh

    December 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Its fake where is maharaja ranjit singh, Hari singh nalwa. They both defeated mughals, angrej many times where is ashoka the great who never lost by any one where is babar

  14. Tanishq

    December 26, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Haha some one said Maharana pratap is a coward and was defeated by Akbar. Dude get your facts straight Maharana pratap could have killed Akbar long before but he didn’t. Akbar like a coward peeche se hamla karta tha unlike pratap singh. Akbar had a much much larger army then pratap but he could never really defeat Pratap. If pratap like Akbar would have extended his territory and army then Akbar would have lost badly in every war. And this list surely has a problem because Ashoka is missing

  15. Neil

    December 30, 2014 at 3:40 am

    As Akbar had a big army than Maharana Pratap…….. He was insisted by Jaimal and Patta to leave fort………. He was defeated as his brothers were serving mughals…….. So think Maharana Pratap should be 1st……… Proud for a warriors like Maharana Pratap Singh

  16. Rahul

    December 31, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I am satisfied with the list. Bcoz true warrior are those who fight till the end without losing hope.

  17. gautam

    January 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    maharana pratap should be 1st.

  18. bittu

    January 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    1- Ashok
    2-chandragupt
    3-vikramaditya & samudrGupt
    4- maharana pratap
    5-chatrapati shivaji
    6-harshvarthan & prithvirj chohan
    7-babar & Rana hamir sigh
    8-shershah suri
    9-akbar
    10-rajendra chol
    11- rani laxmibai….

  19. sanket

    January 6, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I m satisfied wid the list .but I don’t think Akbar should be on list . he was great king but I don’t think that he was great warrior or smthing

  20. sanket

    January 6, 2015 at 12:18 am

    And m proud of chatrapati shivaji maharaj and maharana pratap they sacrificed their whole life fighting against injustice
    JAI HIND!!!

  21. abhijeet acharjee

    January 14, 2015 at 12:26 am

    if webare talking about warriors then surely this list has some mistake because many of the person mentioned in the above list are great kings but not great warriors like akbar. And who can forget the bravery and valour of baji rao1 and durgadas rathore. aur aurangzeb ek no. ka kattar tha jisne desh ko barbadi ke kagar pe pahucha diya aur babar to ek lootera tha wo kaise warrior ho sakta hai.

  22. King Shobhitanshu

    January 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Angrez and Mughal chale gaye par apne Kutae chor gaye. Who this Adi Rock who commented that Maharana Pratap was a coward. Let me tell u a fact. Pratap used to carry 100Kg Sword for himself and other light weighted sword for his Rival which he used to give to his Rival if he had no sword to fight against him. He was King of Kings and India’s first Freedom Fighter. We Indians do not need certificates of Americans and Britisher for Praising and felling Pride for our Glorious Past. 1st Rank is deserved by Maharana Pratap’s grandfather, Rana Sanga who lost his one hand, one leg and an eye but was most bravest ruler of his time. Babar a cunning and a shrewd person used cunning plan to defeat Rana Sanga. Before that Rana Sanga had conqured almost all of North India except Delhi and some other teritory for which he fought a war against Babur and was defeated. Babur used Baktarband War Strategy and Guns and also clevearly make Rana right hand ie Shilhadi Tomar in his team before war but he didn’t discolsed the friendships. In Baktarband Strategy Babur and his army used to make the Cow stand before Rajput Soldiers and behind it they use to fire Guns. This fact is not Written in Wikipedia because of Secular reasons.

  23. King Shobhitanshu

    January 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    All the followers of Mughal empire can u answer me a simple question ? Question : How many wives Akbar had in his haram and how he achieved his dream of girls ? Question : Why akbar married Bairam Khan’s wife after his death as akbar used to call Bairam Khan his ” Khan BABA ” as khan was like his father and his wife was like to him as his mother ? Question : Why akbar didn’t faced Pratap face to face for his whole life for a face to face Battle ? Question : Why akbar used to send 1 lakh soldiers and several Top Military Commanders and Generals to fight against ONE MAN and his small army ? Question : Why akbar cried at Pratap’s death instead of felling happy ? Question : Why akbar decided to give all his conqured land to Pratap if he accept his lordship after his death ? Question : How Abul Fazal and Birbal died and who was responsible for this ? Question : What akbar used to do in Naurje ka Mela or Meena Bazar with beautiful Rajput ladies and princess ?

  24. King Shobhitanshu

    January 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Why names of Rani Durgawatti, Bapa Rawal and Rana Kumbha and mort importantly Rana Sanga name is not included ? Had they done any harm by fighting against Mughals and Arabs ?

    • King Shobhitanshu

      January 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Never forget the name of RAJ RANA BAHADUR AN UNDEFEATED MAN FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE.

  25. rupesh

    January 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Accordingly list is correct.kings r r’mbered accord to their bravery and empires and mostly bravery.ashok; rana pratap;prithviraj chauhan;puru;vikramaditya; cholas; r world famous warriors and r still r’mberd.akbar got the support of some rajputs else he did not had guts to touch rana and battle of panipat is still r’mberd as ranas fierce attack as the mughals were thrice in number and forget rana his horse too is r’mberd.shivaji maharaj did not had control over maharashtra whole so how he can be no .1 besides shivaji did guerilla war.accordingly ashoka;rana pratap and prithviraj should be no 1 kings and warriors of india to be r’mberd for ever.

  26. Satish

    January 25, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I would say Rani Rudrama Devi Kakatiya dynasty should be included from south India. She fought final war @ 80 years old
    (1259-1289 AD)

    http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/govt-urged-to-observe-death-anniversary-of-rani-rudrama-devi/article6618762.ece/

  27. Sujay Langade

    January 25, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I’m a proud maratha and I know what Marathas have done for this country!!
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj founded the Maratha empire to defeat and expell the mughals out of India who were not Indians. He protected Hinduism, he was the first king who dreamt of building a nation, he have invented the guerilla warfare, he is the father of Indian navy, he protected women from any harm, his army comprised of soldiers from all castes, religion, region, language, he introduced the SPG security, his strategies of war and administration is followed by countries like USA, UK, Germany, Japan and others!!!!!
    Is there any other king like him?????
    He deserves no 1
    Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji

  28. rohan patil

    January 26, 2015 at 1:04 am

    guys we are not able to measure the greatness of any one..and aadi rocks if you want to feel power of maratha or shikh then just go to any maratha or shikh and say whatever you posted on 12/12/2014..
    sale i’m sure wo tuje bolnelayak nahi rakhege…..
    sale hindustan me rehnahe aur hindustanioke bare me galat likh rahahe kamine….

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