Battle of the Ten Kings

Battle of the Ten Kings

The Battle of the Ten Kings is a famous event in ancient Indian history, as described in the Rigveda, one of the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism. The battle took place between two confederations of tribes – the Bharatas, led by King Sudas, and the Trtsus, led by ten kings.

The exact location and date of the battle are not clear, but it is generally believed to have occurred in the northwest region of India, near the banks of the river Parushni (now known as the Ravi river).

The ten kings who led the Trtsus are not named in the Rigveda, but they are said to have been united under the leadership of King Sambara. They were opposed by King Sudas, who was supported by his Brahmin priest, Vasishtha, and a powerful warrior, Vishwamitra.

The battle was fiercely fought, with both sides suffering heavy losses. However, the Bharatas emerged victorious, thanks in part to Vasishtha’s blessings and Vishwamitra’s military strategy. The Trtsus were defeated and scattered, and many of their leaders were killed.

The Battle of the Ten Kings is considered a significant event in ancient Indian history, as it marked the emergence of the Bharatas as a dominant power in the region. It also has religious significance, as the Rigveda portrays it as a conflict between the forces of good (represented by the Bharatas) and evil (represented by the Trtsus). The battle is often cited as an example of the importance of knowledge and strategy in warfare, rather than just brute force.

Battle of the Ten Kings (14th century BCE) Bharatas Ten King Alliance Bharatas Victory

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