Remembering Founder of Sikh Empire- Maharaja Ranjit Singh

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Who was Maharaja Ranjit Singh?

Reigned between 1801-1839. He was born on November 13th, 1780, in Gujranwala, Pakistan. At the age of 21 he was crowned

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Nothing Stopped him- Loss of Eyesight or Lack of Education

He became one of the greatest strategists of his times, popularly known as Sher-e-Punjab.

Braveheart by Birth

At the age of 10, he and his father participated in his first war. He thereafter engaged in other conflicts with the Afghans.

Master of Martial Arts

He was skilled in martial arts and had had thorough training in the Sikh combat culture.

Won the Title Maharaja

Ranjit Singh became known as the Maharaja on April 12, 1801, Baisakhi Day, after unifying numerous outlying Sikh clans into one state.

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A Secular Leader

Talented Muslim, Hindu, and European soldiers and generals made up his army.

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Made the Khalsa Army

To instruct his troops, he employed mercenaries from Europe. The British were kept from invading Punjab becasue of Sikh Khalsa Army, his first modern Indian army.

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Never Wore a Crown

Since everyone is regarded as equal before God in Sikhism, Ranjit Singh never wore a crown when he was seated on his throne.

Established Takht Sri Patna Sahib

He built renowned gurudwaras, including Takht Sri Patna Sahib, the birthplace of the 10th Sikh guru.

Iconic Work on Golden Temple

He also commissioned the marble and gold work for Amritsar's famous Golden Temple.

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British Never Dared to Enter During his Reign

The British were only able to enter Punjab after his death. While he was still alive, Ranjit Singh was a ruler they failed to beat.

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