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The Three Great Empires

The Three Great Empires

The Three Great Empires

Thus unfortunately for India ended the era between the 8th and 11th century AD, for one empire extending up to the 12th century AD. The Gurjara Pratiharas rued from mid 8th century to around 1000 AD. They had the finest cavalry in India and defied the Turko- Arabic invaders. The Abbased and Umayyad caliphates could make no headway against India, defied by Gurjara Pratiharas. The Rashtrakutas, at their peak, were the strongest of the three, conquered India beyond Kannauj and had the finest infantry in India. Regrettably, they were not around to take on the forces of Islamic invaders when these appeared more menacingly. The Palas ruled east India and had the mightiest elephant corps. Each of these empires at their peak could have taken on an invading force hellbent on looting India. But they all lost power around 1000 AD leaving north India open to invasion, plunder and massacres.

However, this era should be written about as a golden chapter for empires in India – the Rashtrakutas, Palas and Gurjara Pratiharas. Each of them deserves a monumental historical work like the Mauryas, Guptas and Mughals. Picture courtesy – Texas Universities

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