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Chandrasen Rathore (r. 1562–1581) was an Indian ruler of Marwar, which was later known as Jodhpur (in the present day Rajasthan state of India). He was the third son of Maldeo Rathore, who broke the Rajput tradition of primogeniture by naming Chandrasen as his successor. Chandrasen followed his fathers policy and stayed hostile to the ruling foreign powers in India. He defended his kingdom for nearly two decades against relentless attacks from the Mughal Empire.[1]

Chandrasen Rathore
Ruler of Marwar (now Jodhpur)
Reign 7 November 1562 – 1581
Predecessor Maldeo Rathore
Successor Udai Singh
Dynasty Rathore
Father Maldeo Rathore

Chandrasen Rathore crowned himself in Jodhpur and ousted his brothers, Udai Singh and Ram Singh. Akbar took advantage of these internal disputes and with the help of Rajas from Bikaner and Amer fought Chandrasen in the Battle of Merta (1562) and Battle of Sojat (1574).

In 1570 Akbar hosted the Nagaur durbar, Chandrasen attended the court but left without the permission of the emperor after disagreeing to his demands.[2]

In 1575 the powerful fort of Siwana which served as Chandrasen's capital was captured by the Mughals. Chandrasen was hunted relentlessly, until he finally retreated to Mewar.[3]

In 1576 Chandrasen made Sojat his capital, he used the hills of sarand to continue his guerilla warfare against the Mughals. Chandrasen continued his struggle until his death in 1581 at pali after which Marwar submitted to Mughal rule in 1583. He is also known as the Forgotten prince of Marwar.

Preceded by
Maldeo Rathore
Rulers of Marwar (Jodhpur)
The Rathore Dynasty

7 November 1562 – 1565
Succeeded by
Udai Singh


  1. ^ Bose, Melia Belli (2015). Royal Umbrellas of Stone: Memory, Politics, and Public Identity in Rajput Funerary Art. BRILL. p. 150. ISBN 978-9-00430-056-9. 
  2. ^ Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals Part - II pg-120, by Satish Chandra
  3. ^ Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals Part - II pg-120, by Satish Chandra