Listen to this glorious chapter from the Indian history. Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny's chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved God-like status. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate. He understood that even peace to prevail, it needs power.
Princess Sanyogita loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price - trials, treachery and tragedy.
In the 12th Century, the Afghan Chief Shahabuddin Ghori marched to Delhi, which was then ruled by the valiant 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.
In modern times, the Chauhan king has been referred to as 'the last Hindu emperor', because Muslim rule prevailed for centuries following his defeat. Despite the loss, his name and story have evolved over time into a historical symbol of India's martial valor. The Last Hindu Emperor sheds new light on the enduring importance of heroic histories in Indian culture and the extraordinary ability of historical memory to transform the hero of a clan into the hero of a community, and finally a nation.
Research: Sanjay Gangakhedkar
Narration: Sanjay Gangakhedkar and Gauri Kuber