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       52 The history of the great warrior of war, Alha Udal, is written in golden letters. For this reason, historians have called this time Alhakhand. This brave warrior was the general of the Mahoba kingdom who always fought for the defense of the Mahoba kingdom and gave victory to his king in them. In today’s time, these brave warriors are remembered through folk songs, and their valorous words are narrated to their children from generation to generation.

History of Alha-Udal

Early History of Alha-Udal

In the 12th century, Mahoba was ruled by Parvarti Dev, the ruler of the Chandela dynasty. Alha was born in the small village of Mahoba and Udal was born about 12 years after the birth of Alha.

     Alha Udal was a Chandravanshi Kshatriya Banafar Rajput warrior. Alha was a worshiper of Mother Goddess and used to worship her with reverence. Due to this, he had also received the blessings of being immortal from Mother Goddess. Alha and Udal had acquired the knowledge of scriptures since childhood and had become aware of different types of warfare and techniques of fighting from their guru Gorakhnath. Those who were always ready to protect their religion and culture.
   The time the 12th century comes under the Rajput period, in which various regions were ruled by the rulers of the Rajput dynasty when Prithviraj Chauhan took over as the ruler of Ajmer and suppressed his enemies and expanded his kingdom, and extended his jurisdiction to Delhi. When he became the emperor of Delhi, then the ruler of Mahoba decided to attack the latter god.

Alha was married to Sona, a daughter of Nainagarh, and a son was born, who was named Indal. Who was called a great brave and majestic warrior?

Alha-Udal and King Parvati Dev Chandel

One day in Mahoba kingdom, King Parvarti Dev expelled his generals Alha and Udal from the kingdom over some issue. After this, both the brave warriors Alha and Udal move away from the kingdom and go in the service of Jaichand, the ruler of Kannauj. Many months passed but Alha and Udal did not return to Mahoba and King Parvarti Dev was also worried about the security of his kingdom.

    Because after the departure of Alha and Udal from the state, the military power was getting weak and the spies from above informed that the emperor of Delhi, Prithviraj Chauhan is going to attack Mahoba. With immediate effect, King Parvarti Dev wrote a letter to the generals and mentioned in this letter that the emperor of Delhi, Prithviraj Chauhan would attack Mahoba.

      After reading this letter, these brave warriors Alha and Udal decided to go back to Mahoba and appeared before King Parvarti Dev to protect their kingdom. Seeing these valiant warriors, King Parvarti Dev was very pleased and ordered his army to be prepared for battle.

(The name of Oodal’s horse was Baidul)

Battle of Prithviraj Chauhan by Alha-Udal

     As soon as the war starts, Alha takes his army and breaks down on Prithviraj Chauhan’s army and causes heavy damage to Prithviraj Chauhan’s army. But Prithviraj Chauhan, who shoots arrows with his arrows, Udal, while protecting his elder brother Alha, takes that arrow on himself, from which Udal attains Veergati.

    In this war, Jayant, a friend of Prithviraj Chauhan, also attains Veergati. Aalha, enraged by Udal’s death, lashes out at Prithviraj Chauhan’s army and approaches Prithviraj Chauhan to avenge his brother.

     A fierce battle ensues between Prithviraj Chauhan and Alha and Prithviraj Chauhan is badly injured. But at the behest of Alha’s Guru Gorakhnath, Alha does not fight with Prithviraj Chauhan and after the death of his younger brother Udal, he engages in devotion and takes retirement from the war. Raja Jagnik of Jagner wrote a treatise called Alha Khand. In this book, King Jagnik describes the wars fought by Alha and Udal.

     The miraculous temple of Mother Sharda, where even today there is evidence of Alha and the war fought by her and according to the reverence of the people, even in the present time, after the doors of the Alha temple are closed, when the doors are opened again in the morning, then Aarti and worship recitation. Shreds of evidence are found. And people say that even today Alha worships Maa Sharda. Such immortal warriors in history who had won all the battles they fought in their lifetime.

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