The name " Sher-E-Punjab " is based on the remarkable performance of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh, better know as the lion of the Punjab.

He was the first Indian in a millennium to bring the tide of invasion back to the homelands of India's traditional conquerors, the Pashtuns (Afghans).

At their peak, its domains stretched from the Khyber Pass in the northwest to the Sutlej River in the east and from the region of Kashmir on the northern border of the Indian subcontinent southwards to the Thar Desert. Although uneducated, he was an astute judge of people and events, free from religious bigotry, and lenient in the treatment of his opponents.