Today is the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, the brave son of Rajasthan, a great warrior and a symbol of extreme bravery and courage.
Maharana Pratap was born on May 9, 1540, in Kumbhalgarh Durg (Pali), according to the English calendar. But a large section of Rajput society in Rajasthan celebrates his birthday according to Hindu date.
Since Jyeshtha Shukla’s Tritiya Tithi was on May 9 in 1540, according to this, his birth anniversary will be celebrated on May 25 this year as well.
Check here about five exciting things about Maharana Pratap, the great Hindu ruler of Mewar
1- Maharana Pratap was born in the house of Maharana Uday Singh and mother Rani Jeevat Kanwar. She was also known as Kika in childhood and youth. He got this name from the Bhils, in whose company he spent the early days. Kika means ‘son’ in the dialect of Bhils.
2- Maharana Pratap had a horse named Chetak, which he loved most. Chetak has his place in Pratap’s heroic stories. He played an essential role in winning many battles of agility, speed, and bravery.
3- Although Maharana Pratap fought many battles with the Mughals, the most historic battle was – the Battle of Haldighati, in which he faced a massive army of Akbar led by Mansingh. In this great war in 1576, Maharana Pratap met 80 thousand Mughal soldiers, with about 20 thousand soldiers.
This is the most discussed war in medieval Indian history. In this war, Pratap’s horse Chetak was injured. After this war, Mewar, Chittor, Gogunda, Kumbhalgarh, and Udaipur were captured by the Mughals. Most of the Rajput kings fell under the Mughals, but Maharana never left Swabhiman. He did not accept the subjection of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and struggled for many years.
4- In the war of Diwar in 1582, Rana Pratap regained the territories which had once been lost to the Mughals. Colonel James Taw called this war with the Mughals, a marathon of Mewar. After a long struggle till 1585, he was successful in liberating Mewar.
When Maharana Pratap was seated on the throne, at that time, as much as the Mewar land was his right, the nation as a whole was now under his control.
5- In 1596, he was hurt while playing hunting, which he never recovered from. He died in Chavand on January 19, 1597, at just 57 years of age.
Many leaders including PM Modi remembered Maharana Pratap on his birth anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled Maharana Pratap on his birth anniversary and said that the great son of Bharat Mata, Maharana Pratap, paid his respects on his birth anniversary. His saga full of patriotism, self-respect and might will always remain a source of inspiration for the countrymen.