Chand Bardai

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Chand Bardai
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The cover of a Prithviraj Raso version published by the Nagari Pracharini Sabha
Prithviraj Raso

Chand Bardai was an Indian poet, who composed Prithviraj Raso, an epic poem in Brajbhasa about the life of the Chahamana king Prithviraj Chauhan. The poem presents him as a court poet of Prithviraj. According to it, after Prithviraj was defeated at the Second battle of Tarain and taken to Ghazna by Muhammad of Ghor, Chand Bardai travelled to Ghazna and helped Prithviraj kill Muhammad.[1]

The Prithviraj Raso was embellished with time and quite a few authors added to it. Only parts of the original manuscript are still intact. There are many versions of Raso but scholars agree that a 1400 stanza poem is the real "Prithivraj Raso". In its longest form the poem comprises upwords of 10,000 stanzas.[citation needed] The Prithviraj Raso is a source of information on the social and clan structure of the Kshatriya communities of northern India. Prithviraj Raso was proved historically unreliable by historians like Georg Bühler, Morrison, GH Ojha and Munshi Devi Prasad.[2]


  1. ^ Cynthia Talbot 2015, p. 13-20.
  2. ^ Ayyappappanikkar; Sahitya Akademi (1 January 1997). Medieval Indian literature: an anthology. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-81-260-0365-5. Retrieved 28 September 2011.


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