Hello readers, we all know about Maharana Pratap Singh, a Hindu Rajput king of Mewar. We all have read something about him in our childhood, but a few of us will be knowing the amazing facts that we are gonna tell.
The most amazing facts of Maharana Pratap Singh
He was born on ”9th May 1540”, in Kumbhalgarh fort to ”Jaiwanta Bai and Uday Singh”. He had three brothers and two step sisters.
His real name was Pratap Singh l but he is popularly known as Maharana Pratap. He was also titled as Mewari Rana.
He had 11 wives, 17 sons and 5 daughters.
He was 7 feet and 5 inches (2.2 meters) tall and he carried two swords weighting 208 kg and an 80 kg, weighed spear and Armour of 72 kg which means of total weight of 360 kg. His own body weight was more than 110 kg.
Rani Dheerbai the stepmother of Maharana Pratap initially wanted Jagmal Singh to become the king of Mewar, after Udai Singh was defeated by Mughals.
It was Maharana Pratap Singh dream to free Chittor and so he made up a pledge:-
“I vow before gods and I would sleep on straw bed and eat Pattras (leaf plates) and leave my palace to live in jungle until I bring back the glory of Chittor”
Though Rana Pratap was a sworn enemy of the Mughals, he did not hate Muslims in general. In fact, it is said that a Muslim man had led one section of his army during the battle of Haldighati. Pratap had saved that man and his family from the Mughals and had offered him shelter in Mewar.
Pratap had rebuilt his capital in the city of Chavand around 60 km south of Udaipur and spent the rest of his life there because of his fight for freedom against the Mughals Maharana Pratap is widely regarded as the “India’s first freedom fighter”.
Chetak was the brave horse of Rana Pratap. During the battle of Haldighati, the animal had injured one of his legs. But he continued supporting his master till the end. In fact, when the enemy camp had outnumbered Pratap and were chasing him, it was Chetak who saved him. The horse plunged across a 26 foot canal that gave Pratap time to evade the enemy soldiers. Chetak died due to the fall, but he had done his duty. A small cenotaph has been built on the spot in respect of the brave horse and can be seen even today.
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