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Maharaja Chhatrasal of Bundelkhand

04 May 2019  Sat

Bundelkhand Kesri Maharaja Chhatrasal – the great warrior of Bundelkhand was born in Kachar Kachnai on the 4th of May in 1649.

Maharaja Chhatrasal was a medieval Indian warrior from the Bundela clan, who fought against the Mughal Empire and established his own kingdom in Bundelkhand, becoming the founder of Panna State. Chhatrasal was born in Kachar Kachnai on 4 May 1649, to Champat Rai and Lal Kunwar.

Inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji's advice Chhatrasal raised the banner of revolt against the Mughals in Bundelkhand at the age of 22, with an army of 5 horsemen and 25 swordsmen. During the first ten years of his revolt, he conquered a large tract of land between Chitrakoot and Panna. Chhatrasal kept a non-stop war against the Mughals in Bundelkhand and finally carved out an independent state with its capital at Panna.

His eventful 81 years long life came to an end in 1731. By the time Mughal rule from Bundelkhand had been completely wiped off. The above coin is a Silver Rupee issued at Chatrapur. This coin is not struck by the king himself but at Chatrapur the capital place of his dynasty.

The coin depicts sun on the obverse along with the name of the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. The reverse is inscribed with the name of the mint, julus formula and the reignal year of the emperor.

Image Courtesy: www.classicalnumismaticgallery.com

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