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


  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 .

    • shashank

      April 11, 2015 at 9:57 am

      babar is not an indian king

  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
    3-vikramaditya & samudrGupt
    4- maharana pratap
    5-chatrapati shivaji
    6-harshvarthan & prithvirj chohan
    7-babar & Rana hamir sigh
    8-shershah suri
    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!!!

    • Rajeev

      March 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      True, they fought for their motherland. And somebody said he out of his mind. He was never a warror, forget about being great…he could not defeat Marathas even after 27 years of continuous wars in Deccan. He finally lost hope and died in disgrace…

  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.

    • Rajeev

      March 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      True…completely agree…these Americans never had a motherland of their own…saale kuch angrezon ki paidayish hain aur kuch italians ki…inko kya pata watan par mar mitna kya hota hai..

  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


  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)

  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

    • Rajeev

      March 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      True..also who can forget Sambhaji, beloved Rau who never lost a battle in his life…and Mahadji Shinde…

  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….

  29. ArchanaRM

    January 31, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    This list missing many great names..
    1st of all I want to ask a person who listed these names… do you know the meaning of Warrior? I think No..
    why Ashoka is missing in this list… he’s known as samrat ashok (emperor of emperors)..
    harshavardhan is also not mentioned….To be honest akbar cannot be called as warrior. True warrior is Maharana Pratap, he’s a great King who fought till the last breath.
    This list is erroneous
    1.Ashoka The Great
    2.Maharana pratap
    3. Chandragupt Maurya
    5.rajendra chola
    7.prithviraj chauhan
    8.Rani lakshmi bhai
    10.rana hamir singh

    • jatin jain

      May 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      from my thinking .the list have to in this serious-

  30. Dushyant

    February 1, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I feel the list is correct. Shivaji should top it. His GUERRILLA warfares were outstanding as General hence, he never lost any war in his life span. But, getting victory in war is not important. After victory, vision comes which is important to establish the nation. In this regards, he was best. Because –
    1. He was first who established his own navy.
    2. He fought with six enemies at a time i.e. Mughals from Agra, Nizams from Hydrabad, Adil Shah from Karnataka, Britishers in Mumbai, Dutch in Konkan, Portuguese in Goa.
    3. He established 300 hill forts in his life span. Out of them, 7 Nos. were in Arabian sea.
    4. He established ‘Cabinet’ of 8 ministers who were actually governing the state founded by him.
    5. He established FREEDOM spirit in common man, hence after his death,common man & common soldiers fought long war against Mughal Aurangzeb for 27 years without any solid leadership, till the death of the Emperor.
    6. Though he was proud Hindu, he respected all other religions. He was having body guards from all castes & religions.
    7. His secret service agency was outstanding.

    This are some of the important qualities which made him real NATIONAL hero.

    • Vengat

      April 4, 2015 at 1:32 am

      who say SIVAJI is the first who established navy.. DO you ever read the history of CHOLA dynasty and their NAVY.. READ FIRST..
      CHOLA DYNASTY NAVY conquest all south asian countries e.g singapoor, malaysia.. e.t.c
      During their time the Bay of bengal is believed as CHOLAS lake..

    • jatin jain

      May 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      so now you can guess who is the best!

  31. amit

    February 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I’m 100 % agree with Dushyant
    The kings/warriors in this list are not because of the size of their empire but how brave, smart, visionary, strategist they were. There is absolutely no surprise that Chhatrapati Shivaji tops the list here are the reasons :
    Bravery – 1. Can anyone imagine to defeat /kill a guy like 7 feet tall Afzal khan who was a great warrior and had come with an army of some 40000 troops marching towards shivaji distroing hundreds of temples. And shivaji (5.5 feet) was having some 1000-1200. Shivaji killed him.
    2. Shivaji attacked shahiste khan who was guarded by 4-5 lakh soldiers In pune. Shivaji cut down his fingers but he eventually managed to escape. And yes shivaji was with only few of his soldiers this time also. This was so humiliating to aurangazeb that he transfered shahiste khan to Bengal (the most difficult and politically unstable part to rule)
    3. Who can forget the great Escape from Agra. This is the most interesting story. Read it in detail.
    4. Shivaji manage to attack surat(the then financial capital of mughals) twice. And there are many more incidents of Bravery.

    And above all he was king of the people who always cared for them over anything else. He used to roam around his kingdom, meet people. He once cut off both hands and legs of a man who was accused of rape And Shivaji was only 16 then.
    Vietnam fought war against America and won. Their leader later gave credit to the gorilla warfare that he believed was inspired by shivaji maharaj.

  32. Dushyant Singh

    February 6, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thank u Amit. I forgot one of the great thing to mention about Shivaji. He always showed respect towards women. He never tolerated any crime against women. Many kings & powerful politicians in Indian history, were having women as their weak point. No such single story I heard about Shivaji.

    Only just great warrior / war strategist is not important. It is important how to behave, because power (by money or muscle) ruins character many times.

  33. Raj

    February 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Jai Singh 1st was able to overcome shivaji and made him sign the the treaty of purander. No matter how much you admire shivaji but he only survived because of guirilla warfare tactics.
    Durgadas Rathore in battle of dharmatpur changed 4 horses and half a dozen swords because they broken and he was ordered by jaswant singh to taken out from war field. Durgadas rathore was able to take marwar back single handedly and made ajit singh king and went onto worship lord shiva. He was selfless mighty warrior. bappa rawal in 6th century defeated mughals and afgan invaders so badly that they didn’t even thought about attacking india for next 6 centuries. Then he gave his kingdom to his sons and went on to worship lord shiva. He became ascetic. Jaita and kumpa fought bravely with a army of 20000 against 80000 men and 40 cannons of sher shah suri. Indian history is filled with rajput bravery, chivalry and sacrifice. Rajputs were good kings and administrators and kind to their subjects and respectful to women even to those of their enemy. They charged 10 percent as tax and people were never harmed even during war. As only rajputs went to war, lives of other people were in affected. Even before 1947 only ajmer was in direct control of british rest were controlled by Rajputs.

    Basically Indians know a lot less about Rajputs. Do you know what is the oldest dynasty of the world. Katoch rajputs are the oldest living dynasty of the world.

    Katoch king paramananda chandra better known as porus fought against alexander.

    You should include following in your lists
    Bappa Rawal
    Durgadas Rathore
    Maharana Pratap
    Prithvi Raj
    Maharana Sanga
    Jai Singh 1st
    Maldeo Rathore

    With an army of twice or thrice size, and cannons anybody can wage war on opponents. That ‘s not bravery, chivalry or honour. Muggals dont even deserve to be in the list. It’s the in fighting among rajputs and maratha being against rajputs that helped mughals and later britishers. That’s why rajputs crushed marathas. Even today rajputs have majority in indian army.

  34. ANIKET

    February 9, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Friends SHIVAJI deserves the 1st positions his was one of the best tactician,warrior and a great ruler. Although Akbar is missing SHIVAJI is the best.

  35. Tej

    February 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    अशोक सम्राट 1st Rank……

    Bcoz all r know history of ashoka…

    They are SAMRAT only one in india…

  36. Dushyant Singh

    February 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Raj,

    I don’t believe caste-ism like Rajput, Maratha, etc but believe in being an Indian. I admire Shivaji for his vision. He fought war by Guerrilla method as he was having few hundred soldiers & took advantage of western hilly area by building 300 strong forts required for Guerrilla warfare. Purander fort was one of them. Raja Jay Singh (Kingdom Amer – Jaipur)fought with Shivaji on behalf of Mughals at Purander for 3 months with loss of 10000 soldiers. Imagine the time & army needed to capture all 300 forts. Jay Singh was better than Shivaji in face to face war. No doubt. But, after Shivaji’s great escape from Agra, Jay Singh was poisoned to death by Aurangzeb. In Pudander treaty, Shivaji told Raja Jay Singh to break relations with Mughals i.e. foreigners. But he denied. Hence again I say, I admire Shivaji for his visions. He was very clear about his enemies. He many times said, survival was more important than actually winning wars to go head to build nation.

    • Raj Rathore

      February 11, 2015 at 1:55 am

      @Dushyant Khamma Ghani,

      It’s not caste-ism, it’s fact that Rajputs ruled this country for thousands of years. And not many people know about it. Many stories and history was burnt and forgotten and they still survived. Durgadas was a mighty warrior, so was alha, udal and bappa rawal and many more. Rana kumbha never lost a war. Jai Singh 2nd with Rathores defeated mughals. He built jaipur and His descendents made this city what it’s today. Chandel Rajputs built khajuraho. Katoch king Porus fought alexander. Katoch kings fought Raja Rama and krishna in Mahabharat wars.
      In battle of dharmatpur, “Ten thousand Muslims fell in the onset, which cost seventeen hundred Rathor, besides Guhilotes, Haras, Gaurs, and some of every clan of Rajwarra (They are all names of rajput clans). Aurangzeb and Murad (Moghul Kings) only escaped because their days were not yet numbered. Notwithstanding the immense superiority of the imperial princes, aided by numerous artillery pieces served by Frenchmen, night alone put a stop to the contest of science, numbers, and artillery, against Rajput courage.”

      Finally the unequal contest ended and Aurangzeb named the place of victory Fatehabad. In this battle Durga Das Rathore changed four horses and lost about half a dozen swords (they broke due to intense fighting) and he finally fell down half dead. Maharaja ordered him to be carried away. After his wounds healed he promptly rejoined Maharaja’s army.

      When you visit Jaipur you’ll find that there is almost nothing that’s built by this government of India. While Maharaja of Jaipur built colleges, hospital, garden, forts, dams, roads, many art works, and contributed to society, culture and loved the people.
      Even the shops that you find in bazars of jaipur were built by Maharaja. And the old assembly house was given by maharaja on lease of 1/- to government of India.
      People also loved their kings as well. But now new generation doesn’t acknowledge their contribution. So did many Rajput kings. They loved their people. The kings fought with each other and that was a let down. But still they stood and fought and that’s why India protected itself from distruction and conversion to muslims.
      Jai Singh also helped shivaji to escape mughal prison. Although he was the one who put him there. But Jai Singh’s son were in mughal courts for lobbying and spying. Jaipur is near delhi and that’s the reason Jaipur kings used diplomacy over direct confrontation over mughals. With heart they were never with mughals.
      Rajputs were one who won and built mughal empire and they were also the one who destroyed, and stood against mughals.

      Read about Battle of summel also.

      In the ancient days the Rajput principalities were India’s stoutest bulwarks against foreign invasion. Khshatriya armies fought not only Alexander and his Greeks, but also the hordes of Scythians and Bactrians which poured into India up to the end of the 1st century.
      — A. H. Bingley in Handbook on Rajputs

      Tarni Tapi ne kariye Chai do, te che ruda Rajputo ni reet re!”
      — A saying about Rajputs
      The meaning is simple, “To stand firm in the heat of the desert sun, so that others may take relief from the heat in your shadow is the true characteristic of a Rajput!”

      In Indian history books praise mughals, who desecreted our temples and palaces.
      Even Tajmahal is built before shah jahan. Carbon datings from the sample of doors of Tajmahal proves it. And it was a palace of maharaja Jai SIngh. And what our government did is removed those doors and closed them with bricks. So that they can sell a false story of love and get tourists.

      @Dushyant I’m not against Shivaji. Even comparing these warriors is not right. Each one had their own difficulties and they survived and faced the circumstances bravely.

      Jai Mata Di!

      • Dushyant Singh

        February 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

        Dear Raj,

        I don’t believe dynasties & clans. I believe in common men’s wars, struggles or movements for FREEDOM,SWARAJ. Wonderfully decorated stories are many more about worriers all over the World, not in India alone. In my view, wonderful thing comes only if common public or people with limited resources participate in any war or movement. Wherever & whenever, common people enter into war, it is impossible to any military to win the war. For example, Leningrad against German Nazi in World War II. Same way I see Mughal Aurangzeb’s defeat in Deccan, where common people with very limited resources fought war for 27 years without any strong leadership. I admire Shivaji for inspiring pEople for FREEDOM, SWARAJ & not admire him as Hindu King, Maratha King or Lord Shiva’s AVATAAR, etc, etc, as many people say.

  37. mohd maaz

    February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    First I said you akbar was a first greatest king in the world or pratap sabse bakwas dynasty hai akbar na bahut se king ko conquered kiya hai or kohinoor diamond duniya ka sabse mahenga diamond mughal empire ka pas tha aur akbar samne se vaar karta tha… mughal dynasty is a most powerful dynasty in indian history of all… this is my right answer ab mera comment pa jo bhi reply kara ga wo duniya ka sabse bara bayakuff hoga…..ab app bayakuffo ki marzi….

  38. Dushyant Singh

    February 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    To all,

    I admire Shivaji as great freedom fighter, as great visionary, as founder of modern Indian navy, master of guerrilla warfares, founder of liberal kingdom & for outstanding secret services. Shivaji is not just part of history, but he teaches us how to create history. JAI HIND.

  39. AAA

    February 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    M totally impressed with dushyant …..shivaji was a great king…..jai bhavani jai shivaji

  40. sachin m

    February 19, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I admire Shivaji Maharaj and all greatest ethical fighters. Good analysis Dushyant. I will request all true Indians please ignore foolish comments like written by Mohd above. And keep sending your views on topic.

  41. Dushyant Singh

    February 19, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    To all,

    A king means FATHER of his kingdom. If Akbar’s citizens were poor & hungry, and same time he was having KOHINOOR diamond in his crown, as someone mentioned above, then it shows how careful he was about his children (i.e. people) ! Having big JANAN KHANA & keeping KOHINOOR in crown, is symbol of greatness, then….sorry…

  42. Simranjeet singh

    February 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    only guru Gobind singh ji is one of the great freedom fighter. Where is the name of this person & 2nd maharaja Ranjit singh.

  43. raj

    February 24, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Abe mohd maaz ye aakba-birbal mat kar ja history padhekey aa munna

  44. Tejpal Singh

    March 5, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    All world knows Hari Singh Nalwa is the greatest ever general born who single handedly concurred Kabul from Afghans n connected to The then Punjab……
    No place for Sardar Bhagel Singh who concurred Delhi from moghuls n punished
    So it’s just Religious based list nothingelse

  45. Manprit Singh Sethi

    March 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I would say Maharaja Ranjit Singh is missing from this list. As the title suggests, he was not just a raja but maharaja. I guess this list is about humans and since Guru Gobind Singh ji was a guru and not just a raja, it may still be OK if he does not figure in the list of great human warriors.

    Also we may not have complete information about all the warriors there may be religious or regional overtones to who is the best, I would steer away from this controversy.

  46. chetan borse

    March 8, 2015 at 12:42 am

    प्रौढ प्रताप पुरंदर ,
    क्षत्रिय कुलावतंस .
    सिंहासनाधीश्वर ,
    रयत स्वराज्य संस्थापक ,
    कीर्तिवंत , बुद्धिवंत , राजमान्य राजश्री ,
    अखंड लक्ष्मी अलंकृत , महापराक्रमी , महाप्रतापी ,
    महाराजाधिराज, श्रीमंत छञपती शिवाजी महाराज जयंती,
    सर्व शिवभक्तांना विश्वभुषण छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज,
    यांच्या जयंतीच्या कोटी कोटी शुभेच्छा…….

  47. amar thorat

    March 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Shivaji established an empire which ruled threeforth of india the english have to conquer india from marathas.. rajaputs were great fighter but could not establish hindu empire. Shivaj

  48. dev tambe

    March 12, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Chatrapati shivaji..

  49. Arabic Lover

    March 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    maharana pratab kitoo

  50. Bhushan

    March 14, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I agree with the ranking because I read most of reply where people Having objection on shivaji maharaj’s gurrila warfare strategy for kind information shivaji was 1st person who found maratha empire he Dont have traditional army like rajput or mughal there is a simple logic how u can fight with mughal army which is in lac number in that time where shivaji has only army of some thousand soldiers if there us one on one fight then shivaji get chance to show his power If he not used gorila warfare then he also lost like pratap then what about hindavi swaraj? Be remember he started from zero as his solders are from farmers famimy if marathi and rajput cocome together then mughal is not only out of India but Asia shivaji offer the maratha rajput unity proposal to raja jaisingh but he already sold out by aurangzeb but at the time of death jaising realise shivaji was right because mughal kill him by poison. If rana pratap and shivaji maharaj is in same era then unity of maratha rajput possible
    Pruthviraj Chavan and rana pratap only few rajput kings are great but most of rajput like jaisingh jaswant Singh udaybhan Rathod were mughal servant but finally they realise their mistake. war wining is common moto of warrior but strugling & increase empire make stability fight against larger no of army but not defeated and have great thoughts with vision because of these things shivaji established maratha empire which acqired almost 80% India in end of 17 century under the peshwa bajirav peshwa means prime minister in shivaji’s ashtpradhan mandal
    Recently USA president Obama tweet that he had read shivaji’s war tactics to fight with Afgans

    Two more name must in list
    Shivaji’s son sambhaji he fight with 12 empire like mughal dutch French sultnate etc he is famos for fighting with lion without weapon
    Aurangzeb put hot rods in his eyes& body and burried live in wall but till last breath of sambhaji Aurangzeb unable to covert his as a musalman.
    So sambhaji get title as a dharmvir after his death since he never left Hindu Sharma till his last breath

    Peshwa balaji bajrao also very great

    Jai hind Jai Maharashtra Jai Bharat
    Jai shivaji Jai maharana pratap.

  51. Divyanshu

    March 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Ashoka was best and should be no. 1 and rest all same

  52. Nilabh jaiswal

    March 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Ashoka is the greatest warrior after Chandragupta’s death he is one who ruled whole Indian sub continent…..

    • Vengat

      April 4, 2015 at 1:37 am

      No whole Indian subcontinent.. Ashoka never conquered the sothern most Tamil kingdoms.. THE CHOLAS, THE CHERAS, THE PANDYAS.. READ the History First.. OR View the MAP OF all Mauriyan Kings First..

  53. Mr.

    March 21, 2015 at 2:55 am

    akbar was not a warrior he was just a bewda king…….u could take the name of his army general Man Singh……….ary bhai warrior puri army ko ni bolte they are individual so akbar sholud be omitted

  54. rakesh jadhav

    March 22, 2015 at 1:05 am

    dharmveer sambhaji maharaaj is missing

  55. yuvraj jadhav belgav

    March 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm


  56. Sanket

    March 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    R u kidding me raj “rajput crushed Marathas” read our history again maratha and rajput never fought wid each other willingly. They had soft spot for each other because of hinduasim and hatred for mugals

  57. Sanket

    March 25, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Marathas were never crushed until the Britishers came along. They lost to British because of the fight within the maratha kingdom amongst themselves.

    • surendra

      May 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      shivaji was great but not maratahas. they were mainly loteras and did looting . so don’t say jai Maratha ever

  58. Chaitanya kadam

    March 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Absolutely right!!
    No one was/is/will greater than chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
    We should proud of them all greatest Indians

  59. vengat

    April 6, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    who say SIVAJI is the first who established navy.. DO you ever read the history of CHOLA dynasty and their NAVY.. READ FIRST..
    CHOLA DYNASTY NAVY conquest all south asian countries e.g singapoor, malaysia.. e.t.c
    During their time the Bay of bengal is believed as CHOLAS lake..

  60. tajinder

    April 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    where is Hari Singh Nalwa ,

  61. pratap parmar

    April 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    first time am say to all indians, babar, akbar , suri is not indian king. so he all is shamlell person.
    Im proud of shivaji maharaj he is grete indian, but maharana pratap is no. one posi. because the grete king shivaji raje tespect to rana pratap, and said “YAH RASTR MAHARANA PRATAP KA OUR APNE RASTR PAR APNA RAJYA ‘SWARAJYA'”.

  62. pratap parmar

    April 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    jab tak ham bartiy ye kahate rahenge ki ranaji bade aur shivaji chote tab tak ham logon par pardisi raj karte rahengen. pehlebhi esi karan aur aage bhi esi karan, esi liye hame kahna hoga ki ranaji-shivaji our other bhartiy raja ham barat vashiyo ke ajinkya bahu hai. JAI HIND.

  63. pratap parmar

    April 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    bharat mai rahane vale aaj ka mogal Mohd maaz teri our tere us namard akbar ki hamare bharat ke veer putra pratap ke samne koi aaukat nahi hai. hamare pratap kud yudha karate the us namard ki tarah dusaro ko nahi beja karate then.
    koi bat nahi mogal mogal bhai bhai.
    vaise tum log bhi dil se janate ho mahan maharana hai .

  64. Bhushan parab

    April 27, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Shivaji was founded first Indian navy he built many coastal forts which is present in India at this time also which is proof of his navy foundation and this is documented in govt. of India historical dept. king chola was great but there are no documented proof or any coastal fort available now.
    Great kings means who faught with small armies against large foreign armies like Mughal. We all Hindus must proud all Hindu kings and always be unite and together even if we have some dispute . Becoz Mughal and nizam gone with past era but they left their antihindu thoughts with their followers so in future there will must fight against these Mughal or nizam in past we did mistake Rajput for Mughal they faught against Maratha but in future there must be the alliance of all Hindu warriors against antihindu.
    So that will be true shradhanjali for our Hindu ancestors warriors.

    Jai Shivaji jai bhawani.

  65. Rajesh Garg

    April 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    where is chakervartin smart ashoka

  66. abhi

    April 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    did akbar faught bravely by standing in front of his army for setting example like maharana pratap?
    those who are praising akbar shud know clearly that if kings like samudragupt had tried to conqur the world then he would have been able to keep king like akbar as his commander for smal portions of his kingdom….i think it’s clear what i want to say :-)

  67. chandrashekhar

    May 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Mere pyare bhaiyo hame sare hindostani yodhao per garv hona chahiye jenone apni janm bhumi k liye pran diye ab isme bhi app 1 2 3 bataige per mai ek baat jaroor kahena chahuga ki babar or humayu dono sale chor the vo hindustan ko lootane aye the to unko to yodha banaiye mat or jaha tak baat hai akber or shar shah shuri ki ha ye sach hai ki en dono ne kuch saal hindustan ki adhe se jada zameen per raj kiya hai per vo rajput yodho se bade yodha nahi the rajput kabhi bhe nehatho per var nahi karte the yahi ek veer yodha ki pahechan hai jaha tak rank ki baat hai hum sab log puri hitory to jante nahi per hame pata hai jab paheli baar hindustan per videshi acraman huva tha tab yaha k samrat chandra gupt maury 320 BC onone sikandar ko haraya jisne kabhi bhi yodh nahi hara alex2 ko haraya tha is liye unhe pahela asthan jaroor milna chahiye

  68. Mahesh p belgav

    May 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Shivaji maharaj is a great king in world not only in India

    There is a Statue of Chathrapati Shivaji Maharaja in Ho Chi Minh City, the Capital of Vietnam.
    They installed it as a tribute to the great King of Bharat, who brought the mugals to their knees. During the Vietnam War they used to study the ‘guerrilla war tactics’ from the war-book of Shivaji.
    A small country like Vietnam brought​ a mighty USA to it’s knees. Then President of Vietnam was asked by reporters, how could they achieve that feat? He replied, “I read the deeds & strategies of a great King, who inspired me to try his war tactics against the US Forces..and the success just followed”.
    When asked who was the King, he replied “Chathrapati Shivaji Maharaj”. He further added that “had such a King been born in Vietnam, we would have ruled the world”. After the death of the said Vietnamese President, he had it inscribed on his tombstone, ‘Shivaji Maharaja’s One Mavla, has achieved Samadhi here’. (Since Shivaji’s soldiers belonged to Maval region of Maharashtra, they were called Mavlas)

    A few years later the Vietnamese Lady Foreign Minister visited Bharat, and as per SOP she was taken to Red Fort and Gandhi’s Samadhi. She asked where is ‘Shivaji’s Samadhi’? The Govt. officials went into a flutter, and replied that ‘at Raigadh’. She expressed her desire to visit the same. On reaching the ‘Samadhi’ at Raigadh and paying her tributes, she picked up the soil around the ‘Samadhi’ and and put it into her briefcase. When questioned by reporters, she answered, “This soil is of the land of braves.. once I return to Vietnam, I will mix it with the soil of my country, so that brave men like ‘Shivaji’ be born there.”

  69. Poppy Rajkumari

    May 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Really very very very proud to be an Indian & to be born in a nation where great rulers like Maharana Pratap,Chhatrapati Shivaji The Great Samrat Ashoka are born.The only problem in this list is that Samrat Ashoka is missing & ofcource Akbar should be eliminated fro the list of great worriors.

  70. priy singh

    May 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Once there lived Banafar Rajput brothers ,alha and udal of Mahoba . They were great warriors . Alha would have killed Prithviraj but was stopped by his guru . If anbody want more information read bout Banafar brothers in Wikipedia .

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