Prithvi Raj prĭt´vē räj [key], d. 1192, ruler of the Chauan dynasty of N India. A great warrior, he later became the subject of many romantic epics, including the Chand Raisa. He resisted the incursions of the Afghans led by Muhammad of Ghor, but in 1192 at the second battle of Taraori his army was routed and he himself killed. After the defeat, the Delhi Sultanate was established, marking the beginning of Muslim dominance in India.
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