Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! The stories of prince and princesses always manage to capture our imagination. They captivate us and we fantasize about them. There are many instances back in the history where we have learnt that sometimes only a beauty of a queen led to big wars. For example, Alauddin Khilji and his obsession with Rani Padmavati led to a war on their kingdom Mewar. She gave her life in Jauhar. Apart from Padmavati, there are 9 other beautiful queens in the Indian history whose tales of life and love have mesmerized many for ages.
1) Samyukta or Sanyogita
She was the daughter of Raja Jaichand of Kannauj and went on to be the wife of Prithviraj Chauhan, the king of Delhi. Known for her bewitching beauty she was a determined woman. The love between Prithviraj and Samyukta is one of India’s most popular medieval romances.
2) Maharani Gayatri Devi
She died in 2009 at age 90. She was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949, through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. She was a fashion icon and was admired for her charm and beauty.
3) Sita Devi of Baroda
Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda, born to Telugu family on 12 May 1917 in Madras, India, died 15 February 1989 in Paris, France. She was known as the “Indian Wallis Simpson”. She did two royal marriages. She was very stylish and had a modern touch in her clothes.
4) Rani Vijaya Devi
Rani Vijaya Devi, Thakurani of Kotda-Sangani was the eldest daughter of Yuvaraja Kanteerava Narasimha Raja Wadiyar. She was one of the most beautiful and intelligent queens of India. She died in 2005.
5) Sita Devi of Kapurthala
Sita Devi, also known as Princess Karam, was widely regarded as one of the most glamorous women of her day. She was a daughter of the Raja of Kumaon, Raja Uday Raj Singh. She died in 2002.
6) Noor Inayat Khan
She was the eldest daughter of Hazrat Inayat Khan and was the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance during the second world war. She died at the young age of 30 in the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.