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Chand Bardai

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Abha, 10+2 (Med), Wisdom World School, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India - 136118

Nationality: Ancient Indian.

Known to be: Poet

Born: 1149 AD

Died: 1200 AD

Chand Bardai was a prominent poet of medieval India. He was the court poet of Rajpur King Prithviraj III Chauhan who ruled Ajmer and Delhi region from 1165 to 1192. Chand Bardai earned huge fame for his epic poem Prithviraj Raso in which he described numerous events of his master Prithviraj's life in an eulogizing manner. This book describes many historical facts of that time, but some claims have been rejected by historinas as they were written under the effect of profound faith and love of a court poet to his patron.

Chand Bardai was the native of Lahore and was born in 1149 AD. He mastered Sanskrit grammer, astrology and Hindu religious scriptures. He also mastered many Hindi dialects like Autkali, Chandali, Abhiri, Swali etc. He married twice. Kamala and Gauran were the names of his wives.

He earned huge fame for his work Prithviraj Raso, writte in the archaic form of Brajbhasa. Originally the book had 10000 stanzas. Some other authers later added many more stanzas to this book. This book depicts various social, cultural aspects of the Kshatriya communities of Northern India. Chand Bardai gave a vivid description of the clash between Prithviraj III Chauhan and Muslim invader Mohammed Ghori in the battles of Tarain - 1991 and 1192 in this book. After the fall of Prithviraj in the second battle of Tarain, Chand Bardai could not survive for a longer period and passed away in 1200 AD.

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