Prithvi Raj III (1149-1192)Prithvi Raj III (1149-1192) - Prithvi Raj III was ruler of the Hindu Chauhan Empire (and as it happened the last Chauhan king) of Northern India during the Middle Ages.  He became king in 1169 and reigned until his death at the Second Battle of Tarain in 1192.  His life is immortalized in the epic poem Prithviraj Raso, written by the Chand Bardai, the king's personal court poet. The ancient city of Delhi was the capital of the Chauhan Empire.  At the end of the 12th century its territory was being encroached upon by the Islamic Ghurid Empire from the west.  Prithvi Raj III tried to repel the Ghurids.  The two empires fought two famous battles; the Chauhans won the first, but the Ghurids won the second.  Prithvi Raj III was captured after the battle and executed.