Shubhrak Horse was the one who freed Prince Karan Singh from the prison of Qutubuddin Aibak, by sacrificing his life. Everyone has heard about Chetak, the horse of King Maharana Pratap in the history of India! During the Haldighati War, the king was surrounded by enemies. At that time, Horse Chetak had saved, Pratap’s life, by giving away his own life. Like Chetak, India has a real story about one more loyal Horse, “Shubhrak”. Prince Karan Singh of Mewar had a horse named Shubhrak. But have you ever heard of Shubhrak Horse?

Shubhrak horse

Parents of Rajkumar Karan Singh:

Before we get to know more about Shubhrak Horse, let us know some basic information first. Around 1170 CE, the young princess Kurma Devi was married to Rawal Samar Singh Deo of Chittorgarh. Samar Singh was a Chauhan Rajput, a descendant of the great Bappa Rawal. Kurma Devi (misspelled as Kurmadevi or Karma Devi in ​​historical records) was the second wife of Samar Singh. The name of the son of these two was Rajkumar Karan Singh. Samar Singh met his demise in the Second Battle of Tarain (1191/1192 CE), a clash between Prithviraj Chauhan and Muhammad Ghori’s armies.

Quṭb al-Dīn Aibak:-

Qutb al-Din Aibak is also known as Qutb ud-Din Aibak or Qutb ud-Din Aybak (1150-1210 CE). He was the founder of the Mamluk dynasty and also the first sultan of the Delhi Sultanate. He was born in Turkistan to Turkish parents. As a child, Aibak was sold as a slave and raised in Nishapur, Persia. Where he was bought by the local Qazi. After the death of Qazi, Aibak was sold by the owner’s son. Aibak eventually became a slave of Muhammad of Ghor, who made him Amir-i-Akhur, master of slaves. He was appointed to military command there and became an able general of Muhammad of Ghor. Read more about him by clicking on this link.

Once, Aibak was defeated by Queen Kurma Devi in ​​a battle. However, Queen Kurma Devi had left him, assuming that he was dead! But Aibak was not dead! Aibak again attacked Mewar and captured Karan Singh (son of Kurma Devi). He also took Karan Singh’s horse Shubhrak to Lahore along with the looted property and money from the king.

Shubhrak Horse: –

Shubhrak in Sanskrit means one who bears the symbol of Shubha (holy/good). As women wore bangles and anklets, this horse wore bracelets or anklets on its feet and was a lucky horse. He had earned a reputation for his handsomeness, strength, and speed.

After reaching Lahore, Rajkumar Karan Singh tried to run away from prison. But he was caught!
Qutbuddin ordered the beheading of Karan Singh and instructed for a polo match to be played using the king’s severed head. The next day, Qutbuddin reached the venue riding Shubhrak horse to see the beheading & play.

Shubhrak immediately recognized his lord, Karan Singh, and started crying. When Prince Karan Singh was freed from the chains for beheading, Shubhrak went berserk and threw Qutbuddin to the ground. Shubhrak began to strike Aibak’s chest and head area continuously with his powerful hooves without allowing any defense. Qutbuddin Aibak died on the spot after 12/15 powerful blows from the horse. The entire assembly was then astonished witnessing Shubhrak’s act of causing Aibak’s demise.

Before the army could attempt to capture Shubhrak, Shubhrak ran towards his master, Karan Singh, who escaped on a horse. Shubhrak kept running for many (3) days and nights, and one day he reached the palace of Udaipur. As soon as Karna Singh got down and started welcoming his beloved horse, the horse appeared like a statue and had no life in it. When Karan Singh put his hand on his head, Shubhrak fell dead on the ground.

Prince Karan Singh interred the horse Shubhrak right in front of the Udaipur palace. Where Shubhrak’s tomb remains even today.

Shubhrak Horse! An animal horse is better than a slave!

Shubhrak, the horse, made an extraordinary sacrifice. Not only did he save his master from needless death, but he kept running till his last breath. He brought his master to the safest place. It is the perfect example of the Indian tradition of “swami-bhakti” (loyalty to the Owner) by animals.

The shocking part is that when Aibak was a slave and a human, he became the successor of his master by shedding blood! Whereas Shubhrak was a horse who, despite being an animal, gave his life to save the life of his master. By comparing Qutbuddin Aibak with Shubhrak, we can understand that the Indian horses were far braver and more loyal than the slaves of the Sultanate.

Shubhrak Horse. Conclusion: –

I hope you enjoyed this lesser-known but amazing story about Shubhrak, the Horse! Please do share your views on this real story in the comment box.


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5 thought on “Shubhrak horse-Do you know its stunning story?”
  1. Wow, not a horse but a SOUL….and what a soul!! lived to kill qutubuddin and lived to reach his master home and martyred self after doing two good deeds.

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