Hardbound set of 5 comics includes the following titles:
Prithviraj Chauhan (604)
Rana Kumbha (676)
Rana Sanga (630)
Rana Pratap (563)
Rani Durgavati (606)
Prithviraj Chauhan: With the death of Harsha, King of Kanauj, in about 647 A.D. his great empire in North India collapsed. It rapidly disintegrated into several petty kingdoms. This political division weakened the unity of the country and led to several violent disputes between the chieftains of these new kingdoms. Foreign invaders took advantage of India's disunity. Sometime in the 12th Century, the Afghan Chief Shahabuddin Ghori (also known as Mohammad of Ghor) captured the empire of Mahmud of Ghazni and became the new ruler of Ghazni. After taking Lahore, he started his incursions into India. He marched to Delhi, which was then ruled by the valiant Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan, who defeated him in the battle of Tarain. The following year Mohammad returned to India and again met the forces of the Rajput king on the same battlefield. This time the Muslim invader inflicted a crushing defeat on the Hindu army. This second battle proved to be a turning point in Indian history. It put an end to the Hindu Empire in Northern India forever and established Muslim rule. Prithviraj Chauhan was a famous king and warrior. He was noted for his valour and chivalry. Despite his defeat and death, his name has been immortalised and he had become the hero of many legends. The story of Prithviraj Chauhan as told in the following pages is based on these legends.
Rana Kumbha: Maharana Kumbha was a scion of the Sisodiya branch of the House of Hammir. Kumbha ascended the throne of Mewar in 1433 after his father, Rana Mokal, was killed in a treacherous conspiracy. Rana Kumbha ruled for thirty-five years, a period replete with campaigns. He never lost a battle even when confronted with the toughest adversaries. He built a numbers of formidable fortresses all over Rajasthan which proved to be a great strategic importance to later rulers of Mewar. The Tower of Victory he built in Chittor is one of the landmarks of Rajasthan. Maharana Kumbha was not only a great sovereign and military commander, but also a great scholar and musicologist. He wrote commentaries on the Gita-Govinda by Jayadeva and composed works like the 'Chandi Shataka' and 'Sangeet Ratnakar'. Among the galaxy of Rajput sovereigns, Maharana Kumbha occupies a pre-eminent position. His natural abilities and achievements place him in the forefront of the great rulers not only of Mewar, but also of entire India. The material for this Chitra Katha has been drawn from the famous book on the life of Kumbha by Haribilas Sarda.
Rana Sangha: Rana Sanga, the ruler of Mewar, had his eyes set on the throne of Delhi. However, the rising Mughal star Babur got rid of the lodhi Sultan of Delhi. Thus the stage was set for the confrontation between the formidable Rana and an equally determined Babur who had just found a new home for his men - Hindustan. In the 8th Century A.D., Bappa Rawal drove out the invaders from Rajasthan and united several small kingdoms into one. Rana Sanga was his worthy successor. Early in the 16th Century, when a vast area of India was under the domination of foreign rulers, he made a valiant attempt to defeat them. This indefatigable fighter carried eight battle-scars on his body and had lost one arm and one eye. He fought a decisive battle against Babar in 1527 at Khanwa and might have won it, but was betrayed by his trusted commander Shiladitya. Sanga was obliged to retreat, but he made a solemn vow never to re-enter Mewar, until he had avenged his humiliation. Had his life been spared, he would have redeemed the pledge, but he did not live to fulfil it. His tenacity of purpose, however, inspired many of his successors including Rana Pratap. In the following pages is narrated the story of the valour of this iron man of India based on Tod's 'Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan'.
Rana Pratap: Disdaining even the comfort of a bed, the valiant Rana Pratap waged a single-minded, life-long war against the mighty Mughal conquerors. His Rajput pride instilled a deep respect in the enemy. They realised that huge armies and sophisticated weapons are but aids, and that there can be no substitute for raw courage on the battlefield.
Rani Durgavati: Durgavati was the daughter of a Rajput king of the Chandela dynasty. She was well versed in the martial arts and a woman of strong will. Paying no attention to accepted norms of nobility, she chose to marry a brave prince of the Gonds, living in inaccessible wooded land. There a son was born to the couple. Durgavati's husband died when the son was three years old. Once again, she flouted custom and ruled on her own. She held on to her small kingdom against the mighty armies of the Mughal Emperor Akbar of Delhi. To replenish the treasury she relied on plundering the neighboring kingdoms. In one of her many battles with the Mughals, she won a famous victory with a small force deployed in a narrow pass against a full-scale attack by Akbar's senior general. In another battle, however, she lost her son and was hit by enemy arrows. Again, she preferred to die in the battle rather than living in disgrace.