When it comes to heritage and legacy, not many countries can assert of a rich and vibrant history as India. Home to several rulers, dynasties, emperors, conquerors, kings and monarchs, the opulence and grandeur of India reached new heights under different dynasties and empires. Be it Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Mauryan Empire and the first ruler of unified India or his grandson Samrat Chakravartin Ashoka who globally spread Buddhism and gave modern India its emblem, Akbar, the greatest Mughal Emperor who led way for cultural integration or Privithiraj Chauhan who ruled the kingdom of Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, each of them added to the lustrous heritage of the country. While some contributed as great warriors the others became connoisseurs of art, some proved to be generous in their rule and others were known for their bravery and chivalry. At different phases, India was ruled by different rulers before coming under the British rule, and finally gaining its independence in 1947. Chronicling through the pages of history, one can only marvel at how the country became a hotbed for some of the greatest monarchs and kings. Check out this section to know about the life and works of some of the greatest Indian emperors and kings.
AkbarAkbar
14 October 1542
Mughal Emperor
ShivajiShivaji
19 February 1630
King

Maharana PratapMaharana Pratap
09 May 1540
Ruler of Mewar

AshokaAshoka
0304 BC
Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty

AurangzebAurangzeb
04 November 1618
Mughal Emperor

Prithviraj ChauhanPrithviraj Chauhan
1149 AD
Rajput king of the Chauhan dynasty
Chandragupta MauryaChandragupta Maurya
0340 BC
Founder of the Maurya Empire

Shah JahanShah Jahan
05 January 1592
Mughal Emperor

Tipu SultanTipu Sultan
20 November 1750
Ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore
JahangirJahangir
31 August 1569
Mughal Emperor

HumayunHumayun
17 March 1508
Mughal Emperor
KrishnadevarayaKrishnadevaraya
16 February 1471
Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire

Bahadur Shah ZafarBahadur Shah Zafar
24 October 1775
Last Mughal Emperor

Sher Shah SuriSher Shah Suri
1486 AD
Founder of the Sur Empire in North India

BindusaraBindusara
0320 BC
Second Maurya Emperor

Muhammad bin TughluqMuhammad bin Tughluq
1300 AD
Sultan of Delhi
Hyder AliHyder Ali
1721 AD
Ruler of Mysore

Rana SangaRana Sanga
12 April 1484
Ruler of Mewar

Rajendra Chola IRajendra Chola I
1014 AD
Ruler

SamudraguptaSamudragupta
0335 AD
Ruler of the Gupta Empire
Kumbha of MewarKumbha of Mewar
1433 AD
Ruler of Mewar

Raja Raja Chola IRaja Raja Chola I
0947 AD
Sovereign
Alauddin KhiljiAlauddin Khilji
1250 AD
Ruler

Maharaja Ranjit SinghMaharaja Ranjit Singh
13 November 1780
Founder of the Sikh Empire

HarshavardhanaHarshavardhana
0590 AD
Indian emperor
AjatasatruAjatasatru
0492 BC
King

Prithviraj ChauhanPrithviraj Chauhan
1178 AD
King
PorusPorus
King

Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King

Shah Alam IIShah Alam II
25 June 1728
Emperor
Siraj ud-DaulahSiraj ud-Daulah
1733 AD
King

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Bahadur Shah IBahadur Shah I
14 October 1643
Emperor
KanishkaKanishka
0078 AD
King

BimbisaraBimbisara
0558 AD
King of Magadha

Alamgir IIAlamgir II
06 June 1699
Emperor

Akbar IIAkbar II
22 April 1760
 
Chandragupta IIChandragupta II
0380 AD
King
Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VIIOsman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII
06 April 1886
Prince

BharmalBharmal
1491 AD
Ruler

RanjitsinhjiRanjitsinhji
10 September 1872
Cricketer

Mahadaji ShindeMahadaji Shinde
1727 AD
Ruler
Jayachamarajendra WadiyarJayachamarajendra Wadiyar
18 July 1919
Poet, Composer, Philosopher, Philanthropist,

Rajaram ChhatrapatiRajaram Chhatrapati
24 February 1670
Ruler

Muhammad Quli Qutb ShahMuhammad Quli Qutb Shah
1580 AD
poet

Harihara IHarihara I
1333 AD
Emporer

King PorusKing Porus
0350 BC
King
MihirakulaMihirakula
King

Dalip SinghDalip Singh
04 September 1838
Sikh maharaja
Thirumalai NayakThirumalai Nayak
 

Samudra GuptaSamudra Gupta
0335 AD
Emperor

Chandra Gupta IChandra Gupta I
Emperor
Ibrāhīm LodīIbrāhīm Lodī
Sultan

Jahān ShāhJahān Shāh
05 January 1592
Emperor
RamanathaRamanatha
Ruler