During the 9th and 10th centuries AD, the Rajputs gained the political importance in India. These Rajput kingdoms were the main roadblocks in the Muslim domination in India. The Rajputs had always taken a position of supremacy if we go to pre-historic times of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Some important battles fought in India by the Rajputs
The first battle fought by the Rajputs is the Battle of Tarain (1191AD). In this war, Prithviraj of Chauhan Dynasty defeated the Mohammed of Ghori, at Tarain near Thaneswar. The Second Battle of Tarain (1192 AD) was fought at Tarain only, in which Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Mohammad Ghori. In the Battle of Chandawar (1194 AD), Jaichandra got defeated by Mohammad Ghori.
In the Battle of Chandawar (1194 AD), Jaichandra was defeated by Mohammad Ghori.
The Battle of Khanwal (1527 AD) took place between the Rana of Mewar, Rana Sanga, and Babur of Ferghana. It was this war only in which Rana Sanga was heavily wounded in the battlefield and was also defeated.
The Battle of Chanderi (1528 AD) was fought between Medini Rai of Chanderi and Babur, in which Babur had won.
The Battle of Delhi (1556 AD) was a remarkable event in the history of India, when the king Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated Akbar. Later in Panipat, Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (Hemu) was defeated by the Mughals.
The Mughal Rajput battle (1558 AD) happened between the Mughal Empire and the Rajputs. At that time Akbar was in power and he wanted to conquer Mewar, which was ruled by Rana Uday Singh. Akbar’s intention was to rule solely the Northern India, and wanted to own the fortress of Chittor. In 1567 AD, the Mughal emperor Akbar went to Chittor and started capturing the area outside the fort. During that time, Rana Uday Singh was advised by his royal advisors to leave the Chittor fort, and go to the hills of Udaipur. He had given the responsibility of war to two brave army personnel, Jaimal and Patta. These two defended the fort along-with more than 8000 Rajput army men. Their army fought bravely and it was not easy for Akbar to conquer the Mewar.
The Battle of Haldighati (1576 AD) is observed as the most important event in the Rajput history. This was fought between Akbar and Maharana Pratap (ruler of Mewar), which was of four hours duration only. At that time, almost all Rajput kingdoms had surrendered under Mughal domination, except Mewar. Maharana Pratap was an unbeatable warrior and he used to ride his brave horse Chetak. It was mentioned that his horse Chetak had saved Maharana Pratap from enemies by jumping over the great wall of the fort.