Punyaslok Rajmata Ahilyadevi Holkar, called \"Catherine the Great, Elizabeth, Margaret of India”, (1725 - 1795, ruled 1767-1795) was a Holkar dynasty Queen of the Malwa kingdom, India, The \Philosopher Queen\. She was born in the village of Chaundi in Tal.Jamkhed Dist.AhmednagarMaharashtra. She moved the capital to Maheshwar south of Indore on the Narmada River. Ahilyadevi\s husband Khanderao Holkar was killed in the battle of Kumher in 1754. Twelve years later, her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, died. She tried to protect her kingdom from Thugs, the plunderers. She personally led armies into battle. She appointed Tukojirao Holkar as the Chief of Army. She is also famous for justice, once she gave the order for killing her only son under the elephant feet for his punishable activities. Rani Ahilyadevi was a great builder and patron of many Hindu temples which embellished
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