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Maharana Pratap Facts You May Not Know !

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Maharana Pratap Facts

By Pulkit Rana, studied at Central Board of Secondary Education, India

 

Maharana Pratap, the ruler of Mewar, was born at Kumbhalgarh Fort on May 9, 1540, and was the eldest son of Maharana Udai Singh and Maharani Jaiwanta Bai.

He was the only ruler who fought against Mughal emperor Akbar till his death to defend his homeland – Mewar – from Mughals whom he considered as foreign invaders.

Here are interesting facts about Maharana Pratap who is an inspiration for all and is a symbol of Rajput valour and faith.

#1 Maharana Pratap’s armour, shield and swords weighed 208 kg.

Maharana Pratap Facts

#2 Maharana Pratap rebuked his son Amar Singh for arresting women.

#3 The Haldighati War is an example of Maharana Pratap’s bravery.

Maharana Pratap Facts

The Rajput forces by Maharana Pratap attempted to recapture Chittor that had been overrun by Mughals. The heroic Battle of Haldighati fought in June 1576 saw 22,000 Rajput warriors fighting against more than two lakh Mughal soldiers led by Raja Man Singh and Asaf Khan.

In spite of numeric strength on their side, the Mughals could not imprison Rana who fled through a 40-kilometre long pass.

#4 Maharana Pratap refused to backstab Man Singh.

Once, Maharana Pratap received information through a tribal spy that Mughal army commander Raja Man Singh along with a few hundred soldiers were out hunting in the jungle and could easily be defeated during his hunting spree.

Rana Pratap decided not to attack Raja Man Singh. He told his forces that he would prefer to face Raja Man Singh in the battlefield than to backstab him when he is unaware of the danger.

#5 Chetak became immortal along with Maharana Pratap.

Maharana Pratap Facts

Rana Pratap’s faithful horse named Chetak became immortal in the Battle of Haldighati. Chetak, which was gravely injured, leapt over a big canal to save Rana Pratap.

Chetak died in this effort. Maharana cried like a child on Chetak’s death and mourned for his lost companion. Later, a beautiful garden was constructed in Chetak’s memory at the place where Chetak died.

#6 The rider of blue horse.

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Most people know how much affection Maharana had for his horse Chetak. But not many know that Chetak had blue eyes. That is why Maharana is often referred as ‘Rider of the Blue Horse’.

#7 Ramprasad was named as Peerprasad by Akbar

Rana Pratap had an elephant named Ramprasad. During the Battle of Haldighati Ramprasad injured and killed Mughal soldiers, horses and elephants. Raja Mansingh had to deploy seven war elephants to capture Ramprasad.

On being captured, Akbar renamed it Peerprasad and sent it to the royal army. But Ramprasad, which was loyal to Pratap did not eat or drink anything. He died on the 18th day of his capture.

#8 Maharana Pratap recovers Chittor.

The Mughal forces led by Akbar conquered the entire Mewar region including Chittor, Gogunda, Kumbhalgarh and Udaipur. Except for Pratap, all other Rajput rulers had surrendered before Akbar.

In 1579, Akbar lost hold over Mewar as rebellion broke out in Mughal army units of Bengal, Bihar, and Punjab. Taking advantage, Pratap gathered an army using the resources financed by Bhama Shah and recovered Kumbhalgarh and the areas around Chittor.

#9 Bhama Shah supported Maharana Pratap after the Haldighati war.

The Mughal attacks continued on the Rajput army even after Haldighati war, which weakened Pratap’s army. There came a time when Pratap was left with no money to support his army and it was Pratap’s minister Bhama Shah who came to his rescue and gave all his wealth to Maharana Pratap.

With the money given by Bhama Shah, Pratap was able to support his army of 25,000 men for another 12 years. Bhama Shah’s financial aid also boosted Maharana’s moral and confidence.

#10 Abdur Rahman praises Maharana

 

Mughal poet Abdur Rahman wrote regarding Pratap’s death, “All is unstable in this world; land and wealth will disappear, but the virtues of a great name live forever. Pratap abandoned wealth and land, but never bowed his head. Alone, of all the princes of Hind, he preserved his honour.”

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