Anupgiri Gosain was a Naga sadhu, a revered holy man devoted to the Hindu god Shiva.
The Nagas, including Anupgiri, were known as warrior ascetics and played a prominent role in the Kumbh Mela, a major religious festival in India.
Anupgiri was a "warrior ascetic" and had a fearsome reputation. He commanded a well-armed and disciplined cavalry and infantry army.
He was commissioned by James Skinner, an officer of the East India Company, who portrayed a Naga soldier in the early 19th century.
Anupgiri played a significant role in various battles, including Panipat and Buxar, fighting alongside different sides, such as the Mughal emperor, Afghans, and the British.
His military prowess and strategic alliances made him a key figure in the rise of the East India Company's dominance in India.
Anupgiri was known as a "military entrepreneur" or mercenary, highly sought after for his troops, intelligence, and negotiation skills.
He had an enigmatic persona and was both reviled and respected for his ability to navigate complex power dynamics.
His enduring legacy lies in his profound impact on Indian history, shaping the course of power and leaving an indelible mark.
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