During the medieval period in India it was not uncommon to find one group of people engaged in battle against another. One such group was of the Rajputs, they were famous for their valor and courage in battlefields. The Rajput women were equally renowned for their bravery.They were popular for performing mass sati( jowar) . They believed in giving up their lives rather than fall victim to the enemies.
In one such confrontation Rani Karmawati found her kingdom Chittoor besieged by the Mogul Governer Bahadur Shah. The mogul army was large and the Rajput widow Queen realized that she was no match for the mighty army, so she sent word to Emperor Humayun for assistance. Legend has it that such was the power of the raksha bandhan or rakhi that the Emperor came to her help despite, the risk of alienating himself from the rest of the Moguls. Unfortunately he was late and by the time he reached all the rajput women had committed mass suicides.
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