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 Rani Rudrama Devi

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Rani Rudrama Devi

Birth
India
Death 27 Nov 1289 (aged 43–44)
India
Burial Lost at War, Specifically: She died in battle against the Pandyas and Yadavas
Memorial ID 194653104 View Source
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Queen during Kakatiya Dynasty in India, she became a ruler in her teens when she became co-regent with her father. Since he had no male children he gave her a masculine form of her name and presented her as his male heir, which she gladly accepted by dressing in male clothes. She did end up marrying and having two daughters but her husband died early on. After a significant defeat in war her father withdrew from public life completely and passed full power to her. so when he died she was proclaimed sole queen (Rani). Because of this a rebellion raised up against her but she quickly crushed it, and she spent the rest of her reign defending her kingdom from other warring nations. Her kingdom was visited by Marco Polo and he described her as someone who ruled with justice and equity. In 1280 she passed the crown onto her grandson but five years later she went to battle to defend her kingdom against two other warring nations in Southern India and she died in the conflict.
In 2015 a statue of her was installed in Chandupatla village of Nakrekal mandal, where a few decades earlier an inscription was found that confirmed Rudrama Devi's death date as 1289 and not the speculated 1295 date.


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