- Rani Rudramma Devi belonged to the Kakatiya dynasty on the Deccan Plateau.
- She was the daughter of king Gangapathideva who normally designated her as a son throught the ancient Putrika ceremony and named her Rudradeva.
- She succeeded her father when she was only fourteen years old.
- She was married to Veerabhadra Eastern Chalukyan prince of Nidadavolu.
- She completed the Warangal Fort begun by her father
- Marcopolo the Venetian traveller who paid a visit during her rule writes that she was a lover of justice of equality and peace.
- Rani Durgawati ruled over Gondwana from 1548 to 1564 on behalf of the son Bir Narayan after the death of Dalpat Shat the ruler of Gondwana.
- Mughal Emperor Akbar attacked Gondwana in 1564.
- Rani Durgawati led the battle against the invading army but ultimately when her defeat became imminent she killed herself choosing death to dishonour.
Chand Bibi (1550-1599 A.D.)
- Also known as Chand Khatun or Chand Sultan.
- She was the daughter of Hussan Nizam Shab I of Ahmednagar.
- She was married to Sultan Adil Shah of Bijapur, who was murdered by his own men.
- She acted as the Regent of Bijapur (1560-90) and Regent of Ahmednagar (1596-99).
- When Ahmednagar was invaded by the Mughals in 1995, she defended it successfully.
- In 1599, the forces of Akbar once again laid siege to the Ahmednagar fort, but when she tried to negotiate terms with Mughals. Chand Bibi was killed by her own troops who misunderstood her.
Ahilya Bai Holker (1725-1795 A.D.)
- Ahilya Bai Holker ruled over Ahmednagar from 1766 to 1795.
- She was the daughter of Manakoji Shinde.
- In 1733 she was married to Khande Rao, who died in the battle of Kumbher in 1754.
- Her father-in-law Malhar Rao Holker guided her in ruling the state till his death.
Kittur Rani Chennamma (1778-1829)
- Rani Chennamma was married to Raja Mullasaraja of Kittur, a princely state of belgaum in Karnataka.
- Her husband died in 1816 leaving behind a son.
- When Rani Chennamma adopted Shivalingappa as her son and made him heir to throne, the British did not accept it.
- Following a battle to defend her kingdom, she was taken captive and lodged in Baihongal Fort where she breathed her last in 1829.
Rani Lakshmibai (1835-1858 A.D.)
- Rani lakshmibai was born in Varanasi and named Manu.
- She was married to Gangadhar the ruler of Jhansi in 1842.
- When both her husband and her son died she adopted a child to make him the heir to the throne.
- Then the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie refused to recognise the adoption and ordered annexation of Jhansi.
- Rani Luxmibai joined other rulers who were rebelling against British rule.
- She was mortally wounded at Gwalior and died in June 1858.
Rani Avantibai (1858 A.D.)
- She was married to Vikramaditya Singh the ruler of Ramgarh State.
- Vikramaditya Singh died leaving behind his wife Avantibai and no heir to the throne.
- When the British annexed her kingdom, Avantibai vowed to win back her land from the British.
- She raised an army of four thousand men and led it herself against the British in 1857.
- She killed herself at the end of a fierce battle when she could no longer hold out against the British.