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Battle of Khanwah

Battle of Khanwah

The First battle of Panipat (1526) hoisted the flag of Babur’s victory and he became the ruler of Delhi after defeating Ibrahim Lodhi, the last Lodhi ruler. The second remarkable battle which strengthened the Mughal Rule in India was the Battle of Khanwah. It was fought between Babur and Rana Sanga of Mewar on March 17, 1527.

Mewar was supported by the left over personnel of Lodhi army who provoked him to march against Babur with 120 army chiefs, 500 trained elephants, 80,000 horses, and the rulers of Amber, Gawalior, and Ajmer. The Battle lasted for 10 hours in Kanhwah in 60 km west of Agra. Babur defeated Rana with the less number of army and artillery. Again the old war strategy (used in the Battle of Panipat) worked and Babur’s victory was declared by the end of the day. Rana escaped the battlefield and the army had to face the humiliation of defeat.

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