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Hem Chandra Vikramaditya / हेम चन्द्र विक्रमादित्य / हेमू
- Hemu was born at Machheri village of Alwar District in Rajasthan in the year 1501.
- Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya , also known as Hemachandra Bhargava or simply Hemu (1501-1556) was a Hindu Emperor of India during the 1500s.
- He fought Afghan rebels across North India from the Punjab to Bengal and the Mughal forces of Akbar and Humayun in Agra and Delhi, winning 22 battles without a single setback.
- He assumed the title of Vikramaditya after acceding to the throne of Delhi. This was one of the crucial periods in Indian history, when the Mughals and Afghans were desperately vying for power.
- The son of a food seller, and himself a vendor of saltpetre at Rewari, he rose to become Chief of Army and Prime Minister under the command of Adil Shah Suri of the Suri Dynasty.
- He acceded to the throne of Delhi on October 7, 1556.His Rajyabhishek or coronation was at Purana Quila in Delhi, where he was bestowed the title of Samrat.
- Hemu re-established the Hindu Kingdom (albeit for a short duration) after over 350 years. Hemu struck coins, bearing his title.