13 AUGUST AHILYABAI HOLKAR (1725 to 1795)
Born on 31 May 1725 in the village of Chondi in Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Maharani Ahilyabai or as she was fondly called Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar, was the Holkar Queen of the Malwa kingdom. After the demise of her husband and father-in-law, she took matters into her own hands and ascended the throne in 1767. As the ruler of Indore, armed with bows and arrows atop an elephant, Ahilyabai led the army from the front. During her reign, she spread the message of dharma, promoted industrialisation, and Maheshwar, the capital city, was turned into a literary, musical, artistic, and industrial centre. The warrior queen passed away on 13 August 1795, leaving behind a rich legacy: numerous temples, roads, forts, dharamshalas, etc.
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