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History of Rajasthan

The origin of Rajasthan goes back to the Harappan or the Indus valley civilization (3000-4000 BC). The name of Rajasthan literally means the Lands of Rajas (Rulers or Kings).

The Rajputs dynasties rose from the 7 to the 11 centuries and until the end of the 12th century, control of north India was concentrated in their Hands. They claimed to be the original Kshatriya (warriors) seeing themselves as protectors of the Dharma (religion) against invaders.

By the 8th century most of the north west desert was ruled by various clans in small kingdomes. But the height of their power and glory was between the 13th and 16th century. Even during the growing might of the Mughal emperor Akbar many Rajput princes were awarded high offices in return for loyalty but in the later period several Rajput princes sought to secure their autonomy from the Mughal.

After the quelling of the mutiny in 1858 and with the establishmen tof the British empire, the Rajput princely stated gained in apperance and power. 

The rugged forts and palaces innumerable temples surviving amidst scattered ruins and medieval cities are testimony to its turbulent past and legends.

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