Gurdan Saini (Hindi: गुरदान सैनी) was a Rajput warrior and military general who fought and died heroically in the battle of Ranthambore between the Turk forces of Jalaludin Khilji and Rajput forces of Rana Hamir Dev in the 14th century CE. Sometimes the same person is also referred as Gurdas Saini by historians.
A Highly Regarded Rajput General
Gurdan Saini commanded the Sisodia Rajput force of Raja Hamir Dev against Turks in 14th Century CE. He is described by poet-scholar Amir Khusro in Miftah al-Futuh as the most feared Rajput warrior among the Turks on the day of the battle of Ranthambore. His death was was the turning point of the battle. Rajput force fell into disarray as soon he was slain after a 'severe action'.
"The rai was in affright, and sent for Gurdan Saini, who was the most experienced warrior amongst the 40,000 rawats under the rai, and had seen many fights among the Hindus. "Sometimes he had gone with the advance to Malwa ; sometimes he had gone plundering in Gujarat." The Saini took 10,000 rawats with him from Jhain, and advanced against the Turks, and, after a severe action, he was slain. Upon which the Hindus fled, and in the pursuit many were slain and many taken prisoners..."
'THE HISTORY OF INDIA , AS TOLD BY ITS OWN HISTORIANS. THE MUHAMMADAN PERIOD ' by H. M. Sir Elliot, John Dowson , pp 541 , Alibris
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