Fearless Maharana Pratap
Today, a mighty warrior Maharana Pratap of India was born. Maharana Pratap was born on 9th May 1540 in the Kumbhalgarh fort of Rajasthan. He was an independent warrior against Mughal dominance and he fought his entire life to relieve his state of Mewar Rajputana from the control of Mughal. A fierce battle broke out between Mughal emperor Akbar and Maharana Pratap in Haldighati. Maharana Pratap was defeated in this battle, but he did not give up and continued to face the Mughals till the end. He was very popular with the name of Rana Pratap. Even before the birth of Maharana Pratap, the Mughals had occupied many parts of northern India. Maharana Pratap had acquired education to fight for weapons at a very young age. He was quite intelligent and braver than the princes of his age. As the successor of Mewar, Udai Singh chose younger son Jagmal instead of his elder son Pratap. However, senior officials later chose Pratap and declared him the king of Mewar state. According to the royal tradition of that time, you had the right to marry more than 1 woman. That is why Maharana Pratap had 11 wives. One of whom was Queen Ajabde, who had 17 sons and 5 daughters. According to historians, the height of Maharana Pratap was 7.5 feet and they used to go to war with the armor of 110 Kg. In the Royal Gallery, Museum of Udaipur, there are two swords today, which Pratap had ever used in the war. Tales of the Battle of Maharana Pratap are still famous in Rajasthan. Once Mughal commander king Man Singh went to the forest to hunt. On the hills, Mewar soldiers could easily attack them. But Pratap refused by saying that I fight only with my enemies in the battleground. Amar Singh, son of Maharana Pratap, had once captured some Muslim women after his victory in the war. Then Maharana Pratap punishes his son and sent Muslim women to their home with respect. The Mughals had occupied the fort of Chittor. Then Pratap pledge that he would sleep in the straw bed and eat the leaf plate unless they win the Chittor Fort. Pratap fought for many years with the Mughals, but still, he could not win the Fort of Chittor. Pratap had never accepted Emperor Akbar’s greatness. He has never compromised peace with the Mughals. Pratap was ready to fight all his life, but he did not want to compromise with Mughals at any cost. Under the leadership of Maharana Pratap, Rajputs again fought with the Mughals in Haldighati on 18th June 1576. With the hope that they will get their fort back. The leader of the huge Mughal army was King Man Singh and Asaf Khan. Pratap had to face defeat even in this battle, but the Mughals were surprised by seeing the bravery he fought with. Pratap’s beloved horse Chetak was also injured in this battle, and then he died while crossing a river. After losing in Haldighati, Pratap did not give up. He moved into the forests with his family and by staying there he gathered his trusted soldiers and took control of many areas of the Mughals. Emperor Akbar conquered all the Rajput kingdoms. Only Mewar was a state which did not compromise with the Mughals. Pratap fought his entire life against the Mughals and ultimately gave up his life while fighting.