List of the 8 Tallest Indian Emperors That Ever Lived

Sanskrit, Jain, and Buddhist literature are the primary literary sources for information regarding the first kings of India. The archaeological artifacts discovered in India’s subcontinent provide a lot of information regarding ancient kingdoms, kings, and the relationships between them.

Have you ever been curious about the Indian monarchs who were the tallest in their day? Every one of your inquiries has been addressed in this article. Keep your attention devoted to this piece for fascinating information regarding these monarchs’ heights.

1. Samudragupta Maurya

Chandragupta Maurya’s creation of the Mauryan Empire and the subsequent unification of India into a single empire make him a significant figure in the history of India. The Nanda empire, governed by Dhana Nanda and based in Magadha in northeast India, was the dominant force in the region at the time.

The empire had amassed an army of 200,000 soldiers and 80,000 cavalries, as well as tens of thousands of chariots and elephants, with the goal of expanding its borders.

As the new ruler of Magadha, he instigated civil disturbance and toppled Dhana Nanda using a strategy that combined bribery and trickery. With a height of 7.5 feet, he ranks among the all-time tallest Indian rulers.

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2. Emperor Shivaji

A Maratha bureaucrat’s son, King Shivaji was born in 1630. When he was younger, his father served as a Maratha commander in the Bijapur Sultanate’s army. As a child, he was exposed to the religious teachings of Hindu and Sufi saints as a result of his mother’s religious upbringing.

Following the departure of Shivaji’s father with his second bride, Dadoji Konddeo served as Shivaji’s administrator and played a significant role in his upbringing. With his help, he learned everything from horseback riding to Patta, archery, and marksmanship. His 7.4-foot height qualifies him for this list.

3. Emperor Ashoka

Emperor Ashoka, the Mauryan Empire’s third monarch, is often credited with spreading Buddhism throughout the world. This made him “Ashoka the Great,” as he was the ruler over a large portion of India. He was relentless in his quest to grow his empire. His reign is often regarded as one of India’s most illustrious.

Ashoka is one of the tallest Indian Emperors, standing at 6.2 feet.

4. Emperor Sambhaji Bhosale

According to records, he was born on May 14th, 1657, and died on March 11th, 1689. Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, was his father, and Shivaji’s first wife gave birth to Bhosale.

Following Shivaji’s death, Bhosale became the second king of the Maratha dynasty. Only nine years of his reign remain to this day.  However, the continued conflicts between the Maratha Kingdom and the Mughal Empire made his reign notable. His dominion was also embroiled in conflicts with neighboring nations like the Siddis, Mysore, and the Portuguese in Goa.

He makes this list of tallest Indian Emperors with a height of 6.1 feet.

5. Emperor Humayun

Tomb of Emperor Humayun in New Delhi

Mughal emperor Humayun was born in 1508 to Babur and Maham Begum and reigned from 1525 until 1558. Many members of his extended family would challenge him for control of the household and the throne in the years to come. As a child, he studied Turki, Arabic, and Persian in addition to military training.

Humayun was fascinated by the study of astrophysics, metaphysics, and logic. Humayun had already served as governor of Badakhshan and fought in Panipat and Khanwa by the time he was 20. He makes this list of tallest Indian Emperors with a height of 6.0 feet.

6. Emperor Krishnadevaraya

He was the Vijayanagara Kingdom’s monarch during a time when many countries were interested in gaining control of the empire. When Krishnadevaraya conquered Gulbarga, Raichur, and Bijapur, he reinforced his kingdom by defeating both the Portuguese and the Bahmani Sultans and the Bahmani Sultans.

Udayagiri, Kondavalli, and Kondavidu castles were taken and conquered by him. Early in his reign, he devoted much of his time preventing sieges.

Despite his many accomplishments, Emperor Krishnadevaraya was able to retain political stability throughout his reign. His achievements are sometimes likened to those of Asia’s and Europe’s greatest rulers. His 5.9-foot height earns him a spot on this list.

7. Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan

He was one of Delhi’s last independent Hindu monarchs and was known as “Rai Pithora” (King Prithviraj Chauhan). King of Ajmer, his father, was the ancestor of both him and his son. Prithviraj stood out among his peers because of his courage and intellect. Even as a toddler, his military skill was evident; he was able to strike targets just by following their noises!

After his father’s death in 1179, the Chauhans became emperors of India. His grandfather had given him the twin capitals of Ajmer and Delhi, which he reigned over. His 5.78-foot height places him among the tallest Indian emperors.

8. King Akbar 1

The Mughal emperor Akbar was one of India’s most illustrious emperors. The Mughal emperor Humayun and his wife, Hamida Banu Begum, had him in 1542.

His paternal uncles trained Akbar while his father was in exile. Thus, he spent a lot of time hunting, horseback riding, playing with swords, and running.

He was a Muslim ruler who rose to prominence during the Mughal dynasty and expanded his kingdom throughout most of what is now India. As a result of his height of 5.7 feet, he qualifies as one of the tallest Indian Emperors that ever lived.