During the 7th and 8th century emerged a new clan of people who came to be known as Rajputs. They basically belonged to the warrior class of people and were located in Rajasthan and some central parts of India. However there is conflict regarding the rise of the Rajputs and there are many theories that put forward different incidents that led to the rise of the Rajput empire. The royal Rajputs of Rajasthan ruled successfully over Rajasthan and Gujarat for a period of 500 years. Read further about the history of Rajasthan Rajputs.
Being essentially in the warrior class, the Rajputs had huge armies of
soldiers. There were bodyguards and watchmen who were very loyal to
their masters. In fact, the Rajputs were known for their loyalty and
trustworthy nature. The Rajputs were skillful warriors and followed a
strict code of conduct when it came to waging a battle and driving away
an enemy. There are many tales and folklores about the bravery of the
Rajputs. The Rajputs were God fearing people and were devoted to Vishnu,
Rama and Sun God.
A very famous Rajput ruler was Prithviraj Chauhan who waged a fierce
battle against Muhammad Ghauri around the 12th century. When the Mughals
invaded some Rajput rulers converted to Islam, which then laid the
foundation of one of the biggest pre-colonial empire in South East Asia.
The Rajputs were known for their unique architectural wonders and built
many palaces and forts in and around Rajasthan and Gujarat. The forts
and temples they built then still stand strong and provide a glimpse of
the royal heritage of the Rajputs.
With time the power of the Rajputs began to decline mainly due to the
fact that they were unable to move with time. The Mughals invaded and
captured huge parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. After the efforts of
Babur, emperor Humayun and Akbar virtually conquered almost all parts of
the Rajput Empire. This happened by not just wars but also through
matrimonial alliances of the Mughals and the Rajputs. With the arrival
of the British, all Rajput states became colonies of the British thus
ending the regal reign of the Rajputs.