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Prithviraj III (1165?-1192) was a king of the Rajput Chauhan (Chahamana) dynasty. He succeeded to the throne of Ajmer c. 1179, while still a minor, and his elopement with the daughter of Jai Chandra, the Gahadvala king of Kannauj, is a popular romantic tale. The Chauhan succession had been rather confused since the death of Vigraha-raja in 1165; Prithviraj reconsolidated control of the Chauhan kingdom, which included much of Rajasthan and Haryana, and unified the Rajputs against the Muslim invasions. He defeated the Afghan ruler, Muhammad of Ghor, in 1191, at the First Battle of Tarain. Prithviraj was defeated by Muhammad of Ghor (Ghauri) at the Second Battle of Tarain in 1192. He was taken as prisoner to Muhammad's capital of Ghazni in Afghanistan, blinded, tortured but was able to save his honour by committing ritual suicide with the aid of his childhood friend Chand Bardhai as narrated in the poetic classic Prithviraj Raso. Jump to: navigation, search A Rajput (from Sanskrit rāja-putra, son of a king) is a member of a prominent caste who live throughout northern and central India, primarily in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Ajmer, or Ajmere, is a city in Indias Rajasthan state. ... The Gahadvala are a Hindu Rajput dynasty who ruled the kingdom of Kannauj from the 11th century to the early 13th century. ... Kanauj, or Kannauj, is an ancient city of Uttar Pradesh state of India (1991 pop. ... Rajasthan (राजस्थान) is the geographically largest state in northwestern India. ... Haryana (हरयाणा) is a state in north India. ... Jump to: navigation, search Muhammad of Ghor or Muhammad Ghori (originally named Muizz-ad-din) (1162 - 1206) was a Persian conqueror and sultan between 1171 and 1206. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events May 12 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. ... Minaret, July 2001 Ghazni is a city in central Afghanistan, situated on a plateau at 7280 feet above sea level. ...

Prithviraj is buried in Ghazni in such a way that one has to step on his tomb to get to the tomb of his conqueror Ghauri. This was recently destroyed during the Taliban rule according to news reports (although not confirmed) around the same time the Bahamani Buddhas were destroyed, since the issue was gaining support in India among Rajputs to demand for Prithviraj's remains to be returned.

Ghauri himself was later beheaded by a Hindu Jat of the Khokkar clan. Jump to: navigation, search This page refers to the Jat people of India and Pakistan. ...

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Emperor Prithvi Raj Chauhan III - About Ajmer - ajmeronweb.com (628 words)
Prithviraj Chauhan III was the last of the great Chauhan rulers of Ajmer who left a deep imprint in the sands of time and redefined the concept of valour in its noblest form.
Prithviraj was the son of Someshwara who died in 1179 A.D. As Prithviraj was a minor, his mother Karpuridevi, a wise and sagacious lady, acted as regent and guided the destinies of the Chauhan empire with great tact and understanding.
Prithviraj Vijay of Jayanak and Prithviraj Raso of Chand Bardai have immortalised the deeds of Prithviraj.
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The refusal of the two Rajput Kingdoms of the Chauhans and the Rathods (Gahadwalas) to unite in face of the Muslim invasion led to the fall of Delhi and Kannauj to the Muslims and led to the establishment of Muslim Rule in India.
The story of Prithviraj's bold exploits spread far and wide in the country and he was the center of much discussion in the circle of the nobility.
Prithviraj who was hiding behind the statue, also in the garb of a doorman, whisked Sanyogita away and put her up on his steed to make a fast getaway to his capital at Delhi.
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