Interesting facts to know about Maharana Pratap – Who does not know the name of the fearless king and warrior of Mewar, Maharana Pratap Singh? Maharana Pratap Singh, a warrior and a person who is the best example of bravery was born on 9 May 1540. He was the 13th Rajput king of Mewar, a region in the north-west in Rajasthan.
Some Interesting facts to know about Maharana Pratap
- The name of Maharana Pratap is engraved in golden words among the list of fearless kings who protected the Culture, Freedom, and people of India by sacrificing his life.
- In the history of India, Maharana Pratap is known for the qualities like valour, bravery, sacrifice and martyrdom.
- Pratap was the eldest son of Maharana Udai Singh amongst his other 32 children. He always took a keen interest in sports and learning about different weapons.
- Maharana Pratap had 11 wives. Maharani Ajabde Punwar was his favorite. He had 17 sons and 5 daughters.
- Historical records show that Maharana Pratap was 7 feet, 5 inches tall and he used to wear the armor of 110kg in the battlefield.
- Except for Mewar, Akbar won over all the Rajput kingdoms. Only Mewar and its ruler Maharana Pratap fought continuously against Mughal forces to keep the nation free from Mughals and live freely.
- It is been said that in the battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap cut one of the opponent, Behlol Khan into two pieces along with his horse.
- Akbar’s dream was to capture Maharana Pratap but he could not do so in his lifetime.
- Most of the Rajput dynasties which included Gogunda, and Bundi surrendered to Akbar, but Pratap never bowed to Akbar.
- The fort of Chittor was the heritage of Mewar but they lost it to the Mughals during war. Maharana Pratap made a pledge that he would sleep on a bed of straw and eat in a leaf plate till Chittor was reclaimed. And till date many Rajput’s place a leaf under their plates and straws under their bed in his honor.
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- Everyone knows that Chetak was the loyal horse of Maharana Pratap who sacrificed his life while saving his master. But Maharana Pratap also owned an elephant who crushed the Mughal army in the battle.
- Maharana survived a number of battles in his lifetime but died on 19 January 1597 of an injury from the hunting accident while tightening the string of a bow with an arrow. After knowing about the death of Maharana, it is said that even Akbar cried because Akbar too was fond of his bravery.
- At the City Royal gallery museum in Udaipur, 2 heavy swords and a heavy spear of Maharana Pratap are preserved.