1. Shivaji (1627/1630 to April 3, 1680):
He was the founder of the Maratha Empire. He ruled almost all of the Indian Subcontinent at one point of time. In addition to taking a fierce stance against the Mughal Sultanate in Bijapur, Shivaji also established Hindavi Swarajya which accounted for a Hindu rule in India. He is still hailed for his war strategy genius and guerilla techniques.
2. Maharana Pratap (May 9, 1540 to January 9, 1597):
Maharana Pratap is most known for battling Akbar in his time, similar to Shivaji’s war with Aurangzeb. During his war with Akbar, Maharana Pratap spent most of his times in the forests with his equally known horse, Chetak.
3. Rani Lakshmi Bai (November 19, 1828 to June 18, 1858):
The Queen of Maratha ruled Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai was asked to give up the throne once her husband died, according to the rule of ‘Doctrine of Lapse’ imposed by the British. She didn’t and fought with the British Raj in the first ever rebellion against it in the war of 1857. She is often depicted fighting with her toddler son tied behind her back.
4. Prithviraj Chauhan (1149 to 1192 CE):
Hailing from the Chauhan dynasty (Chauhana), Pruthviraj Chauhan was the ruler of Delhi and Ajmer, who fought with Ghori in the Battle of Tarain. However, as a gesture of goodwill, he freed him, but in the preceding battle his eyes were pierced with iron rod.
5. Samudragupta (c.335 to c.375 CE):
Known as the ‘Chakravarti Raja’ for his passion for victories in war, Samudragupta fought along the lines of Bay of Bengal in the northern part of India. He was well known for his prowess in battle strategy and warfare. He was the son of Chandragupta I.
6. Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (c 380 to 413/415 CE):
He was the son of Samudragupta the Great. His period of rule was known as the ‘Golden Age of India’, and he fought aggressively and increased his expanse of rule fiercely in the northern part of India.
7. Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC to 298 BC):
The founder of the Maurya Empire, Chandragupta Maurya played a major role in uniting the kingdoms of India when everything was falling apart. His mentions can also be seen on historical Latin and Green records, equating him to Alexander the Great for defeating some of his successors.
8. Sher Shah Suri (1486 to 22 May 1545):
Also known as Sher Khan or Farid Khan, Sher Shar Suri is regarded as the best strategist by the Indian historians when it came to warfare. He established the Suri Empire, and took control over the Mughal Empire. He is also known to kill a tiger in the jungles of Bihar withouth using any weapon or shields of any kind.
9. Akbar (October 14, 1542 to October 27, 1605):
He was the third generation ruler of the Mughal Empire. He is quite known for his battle strategies, especially the ones employed at the Second Battle of Panipat. Those were later on adopted by other rulers and kingdoms as well.
10. Rajendra Chola (son of Rajaraj Chola I) (1012 to 1044 CE):
Rajendra Chola belonged to the Chola dynasty, and had a major role in glorifying it. He vigorously expanded his rule to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, the Maldives and the Pegu Islands.