The Rajputs and Traditions of Heroism

Word ‘Rajput’ is derived from a Sanskrit word raj-putra which means “son of a king”.

Prithviraj Chouhan, Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga, these were some of the greatest Rajput rulers of India.

They were known as the symbol of heroism for the other people of the society.

The Rajput had a widespread population mainly in north, west and central India.

Even during the 19th century, the British called Rajasthan of today as Rajputana.

Most of the regions of the present-day Rajasthan was occupied by Rajputs.

But there were also several communities who identify themselves as Rajputs in other parts of India.

Along with Rajputs, there were also people of other castes who lived in Rajasthan.

But the unique culture of Rajasthan was given by Rajputs only.

These unique cultural traditions were related to the ideals and aspirations of the Rajput kings.

By the time of the 8th century, the maximum of the part of the Rajasthan state was ruled by Rajput families.

Rajput rulers were regarded as a hero for their bravery.

They choose the death on the battlefield rather than to face defeat.

Such stories of Rajput heroes are recorded in poems and songs, recited by trained musicians.

These songs and stories preserved the memories of such heroes and inspires others to follow them.

The poems and songs contain strong emotions like loyalty, friendship, love, valor, anger, etc.

Several women were also mentioned in some stories.

In some stories, they are shown as the reason for war.

The kings fought either to protect or to win women from each other.

There are some stories that tell Rajput women practiced sati on the pyre of their husbands.

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In the 19th century, the Rajasthan of today was called Rajputana by the British.

There were several groups that identify themselves as Rajputs in many areas of India.

Along with Rajputs, there were also people of other castes who lived in Rajasthan.

The Rajput rulers were regarded as hero for their bravery.

The bravery stories of Rajput heroes are recorded in poems and songs, recited by trained musicians.

Women are also mentioned in stories. Even in some stories, they are shown as the reason for war.

The kings fought either to protect or to win women from each other. There are some stories that tell Rajput women practiced sati on the pyre of their husbands.

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