Why was the Third Battle of Panipat fought?



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One of the most noteworthy battles of the 18th century, The Third Battle of Panipat, was fought  in the year 1761 between Marathas and the army of the Afghan ruler, Ahmad Shah Abdali. 
  • After the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, there was a sudden rise of Marathas. The Marathas had reversed all his territorial gains in the Deccan and had conquered a considerable part of India.
  • Ahmad Shah Durrani planned to attack the Marathas when his son was driven out of Lahore.

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