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Rani Abbakkadevi, the only woman in history to confront, fight and repeatedly defeat the Portuguese. The Mangalorean Queen whom Portuguese feared.Her unflagging courage and indomitable spirit are at par with legendary Rani Laxmi Bai and Rani Chennamma of Kittur.
The year was 1555. Portuguese colonial power was at its peak in 1500’s. They destroyed Zamorins of Calicut, defeated Sultan of Bijapur, took away Daman from Sultan of Gujarat, established a colony in Mylapore, captured Bombay and made Goa their headquarters.
They even ruined the ancient Kapaleeswarar Temple to build a Church over it. Their next target, the super profitable port of Mangalore. Their only bad luck, just 14 km south of Mangalore was the small settlement of Ullal - ruled by a feisty 30 yr old woman-Abbakka Chowta.
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Have you heard of Rani Chennamma! This story is about her. Read.
In order to preach eternal principles of Dharma & righteousness there have been numerous women saints, scholars, rulers, freedom fighters who have shone as a beacon of courage under great odds.
It's important to remember women of the past and keep their spirits alive within our hearts! Rani Chennamma was our 1st woman Independence activist. She was born in the small village of Kakati in Belgaum, Karnataka in 1778.
From a very young age she received training in sword fighting, archery and horse riding and got private lessons at home. King Mallasarja of Kittur was moving around trying to find support from neighbouring kingdoms to fight Tipu Sultan and approached Dhulappa Desai.
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The Story Of Rishi Gargi: The World’s Oldest Icon Of Feminism In Ancient Hinduism.
Have you ever heard of Gargi Vachaknavi!
She was a renowned woman scholar of the ancient times born around 700 BC.
The Vedic literature praises her as highly knowledgeable philosopher and expounder of Vedas. One of the most coveted titles given to her is Brahmavadini, meaning a person possessing highest knowledge of Brahman. Ref about her occur in the 8th Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
It talks of her participation in a philosophical debate organized in court of king Janaka. She was born in the lineage of the renowned sage Garga and her period is attributed to somewhere between 800 & 500BC. Her father was Vachaknu, hence she inherited the name Gargi Vachaknavi.
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My friend has undertaken a remarkable initiative to share stories of great Indian women who fought valiantly with Mughals. I am sharing 1st one thru this thread. It's imp for us to know this as it was intentionally not covered in our history books. Do read,share
RANI TARABAI ( 1675-1761)
Maratha Kingdom began with Shivaji in 1674. Tarabai, daughter -in-law of Shivaji defended the Maratha empire, after her husband’s death, against the mighty Aurangzeb for 7 years until his death.
During that period the Maratha Empire went from strength to strength. Maharani Tarabai Bhonsle (1675-1761) led the Maratha Empire in the 27 year war with the Mughals after the death of her husband Rajaram Chhatrapati, son of Shivaji, the originator of the Martha Kingdom.
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