Bappa Rawal was the founder of a united Rajasthan. A fierce warrior who led his people against Arab invaders during the 8th century AD, Bappa defeated them and drove them back into Afghanistan via Ghazni.
Mewar was ruled by Rawal Mahendra II of Mewar and by Maan Mori of Chandravati who belonged to the Paramara clan from Mt Abu or Chandravati; her sister Maan Mori later came to rule Mewar as well.
He unified the Rajput clans
Bappa Rawal was a valiant Rajput hero who united the clans. Born Kalbhoja, in 713 AD he rose through the Guhilot Rajput dynasty until 734 when he assumed control as King of Mewar under Guhilot Guhilot II, but after Rawal Mahendra II was killed fighting the Bheels of Idar, Kalbhoja was raised by his mother with help from Bheel tribe members teaching him military warfare tactics from Bheels of Idar tribe members as his father was killed fighting alongside Guhilot Mahendra II who passed onto Kalbhoja who later took Bappa Rawal instead as his title instead. When becoming King in 734 AD he took Bappa Rawal instead.
The 8th century saw several wars between domestic rulers of northwestern India and Arab Muslims – an extension of Islam’s invasion of Persia – and Bappa Rawal’s Indian army, who helped turn around Muslim fortunes by successfully defeating Bappa Rawal himself.
He defeated Muslim invaders and temporarily saved Hindustan from further assault by Muslim rulers. He initiated the first Jauhar, in which females under his control self-immolated to avoid capture in case of attack; and was also responsible for Chittorgarh’s defence – efforts for which were recognized by Pratihara King Nagabhata, who offered him the throne of Mewar kingdom as thanks.
He defeated the Arabs
At the onset of Islam in the 8th century, Arab Muslims attacked India quickly after its birth. To counteract their invasions, Bappa Rawal united rulers from Ajmer and Jaisalmer in order to stop Muslim incursions into India; his forces quickly decimated their invaders before driving them deep into Afghanistan’s Ghazni desert beyond Ghazni.
Bappa Rawal was born into a Rajput family during the 7th century AD and was brought up as part of their warrior culture. Born with an innate drive to fight foreign invaders, he organized his warriors into an alliance against Arab invaders for years – eventually defeating them all and becoming one of India’s great rulers.
Bappa Rawal successfully defeated the Arabs and went on to rule Chittor for 20 years with an enormous army of soldiers and horses he amassed after their defeat, building watchtowers as defenses against any further Arab attacks; Arabs were afraid of him and avoided attacking.
One day when Mohammed Bin Qasim attacked Chittor, Bappa Rawal immediately responded and defended its defenses with outstanding courage and valor. His people revered him as their “father”, even after becoming king himself! Paramara gave him an outstanding welcome by enrolling him amongst their fort’s savants as well as offering him an estate. Bappa marched on Ghazni and defeated local ruler Salim post before sending a representative back home before eventually returning back home to Chittor.
He was a great devotee of Eklinga
Bappa Rawal was the founder of Mewar Kingdom in modern-day Rajasthan and established Eklingji Temple around 734 CE. As part of his Guhila clan Rajput heritage and as an apprentice of Rishi Harit, Bappa Rawal lived an interesting yet mysterious life that remains uncertain as far as timeline.
Bappa was an epitome of valor and devotion. One of India’s greatest warriors who protected its borders against Islamic invasions, Bappa was also revered as Eklinga’s representative on earth; ruling without any sense of self-importance like an earthly ruler should. Bappa cared for his people like they were his children.
Bappa decided to seize control of his kingdom when Nagabhata II was overthrown by Muhammad bin Qasim of Mewar in 738 AD by rallying a band of warriors to form a successful rebellion against them and expel them from Mewar thus reclaiming it for Rajputs.
Bappa began his campaign by unifying Hindu rulers from Ajmer and Jaisalmer into a confederacy of warriors under his leadership. With this powerful army at their command, they quickly subdued Arab invaders before driving them deep into Ghazni desert beyond. This victory for Hindustan left Muslim invaders with limited options to attack it further.
He was a great warrior
Bappa Rawal was an influential Rajput warrior who lived during the 8th century CE, founding Mewar kingdom in present-day Rajasthan, India. Born into warrior culture and trained in combat arts since a young age, he engaged in multiple battles against Arab influence to free North Western region of his home country from their grip. Additionally, Bappa introduced gold coins into Mewar kingdom; something even Arabs would never forget!
This hero was an extraordinary warrior whose bloodline traced back to Chittor’s Guhilot clan. Using their weapons against Arab invaders in many small battles against them, he eventually made such an impression that they left India’s northwestern regions for 400 years!
At the outset of his reign, Mewar overthrew Mori rulers of the city and established the Mewar dynasty. After 30 years as ruler he pursued spiritual paths devoted to Lord Shiv.
Mewar’s people revered and revered King Mahendra Singh Mewar as they saw him as their protector and father figure, whom they called Bappa (Father). Never allowing his ego as the king get in the way of fulfilling his duties and that is why they loved and revered him as well as Eklinga temple that still bears his name even today.