Rani Durgavati (October 5, 1524 - June 24, 1564) was born in the family of famous [Rajput] Chandel Emperor Keerat Rai. She was born at the fort of Kalanjar (Banda, Uttar Pradesh). Chandel Dynasty is famous in the Indian History for the defense of king Vidyadhar who repulsed the attacks of Mahmud Ghaznavi. His love for sculptures is shown in the world famed temples of Khajuraho and Kalanjar fort. Rani Durgavati\s achievements further enhanced the glory of her ancestral tradition of courage and patronage of arts. In 1542, she was married to Dalpat Shah, the eldest son of king Sangram Shah of Gond Dynasty. Chandel and Gond dynasties got closer as a consequence of this marriage and that was the reason Keerat Rai got the help of Gonds and his son-in-law Dalpat Shah at the time of invasion of Sher Shah Suri in which Sher Shah died. She gave birth to a son in 1545 CE. who was named Vir
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