How Many Times did Ghazni Attack India?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Between 1000 and 1027 AD, Mahmud Ghazni attacked India 17 times. His campaigns were designed to steal money. Mahmud Ghazni, also referred to as Mahmud of Ghazni, ruled Ghazni from 971 to 1030 AD. So, in order to plunder India’s wealth, he began his first offense in 1001. He launched his 16th attack on the Somnath temple in 1025 specifically to take the treasure.

Ghazni Attack on India

Mahmud of Ghazni began his invasion of India when the Rajput power was at its lowest point. Mahmud Ghazni’s two main motivations for conquering India were to first amass the enormous wealth that already existed in India and, second, to spread Islam. He also wished to make Ghazni, his capital city, a region of formidable power in the political landscape of all of Central Asia.

In 1000 AD, Mahmud of Ghazni launched his first assault on contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan. He overthrew the Hindu emperor Jaya Pala, who eventually committed suicide and was replaced by his son Anandpala.

  • In 1005 AD, Ghazni attacked Bhatia.
  • Multan was conquered by Ghazni in 1006 AD. Ananda Pala attacked him at this point.
  • Sukha Pala, the king of Bhatinda, was assaulted and killed by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1007 AD.
  • In 1011 AD, Ghazni attacked Nagarkot in the hills of Punjab.
  • In the Battle of Waihind, which took place in 1013 AD near Peshawar, Mahmud attacked the Hind shahi kingdom led by Anand Pala and defeated him.
  • Thanesar was taken prisoner by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1014.
  • In 1015 AD, Kashmir was attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni.


How Many Times did Ghazni Attack India?

Mahmud Ghazni led 17 attacks on India between 1000 and 1027 AD. To amass the huge wealth that already existed in India and to spread Islam were the main objectives of Mahmud Ghazni’s attack on India.

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