Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap is one of the most celebrated warriors of Indian history. Read on to find out more about the folk hero who is often remembered for his courage in standing against the Mughal Empire during the rule of Akbar.
Interesting Facts About The Braveheart
Maharana Pratap was born on May 9,1545.Born and brought up in a Hindu Rajput family, His father was Uday Singh II and his mother was Jaivantabai Songara. The king of Mewar from the Sisodia dynasty was also called Pratap Singh I. He fought courageously against the Mughal Empire and refused to surrender to the colonial expansion of Akbar.
Let’s dig in to find some interesting facts about the mighty Maharana Pratap
- Pratap was one of the skilled and strongest warriors with a height of 7 feet 5 inches. He carried an 80-kilogram spear and two swords weighing around 208 kilograms in total. The weight of the armor he wore was 72 kilograms.
- Pratap’s stepmother Rani Dheer Bai was against the decision of him getting the throne and wanted Kunwar Jagmal to become the king. It took a lot of debate and conflict for him to get the throne as a king.
- Maharana showed courage and dared to stand against the colonial expansion of the Mughal Empire at a time when almost all other Rajput dynasties surrendered to the Mughals. He stood strong against the diplomatic missions sent by Akbar.
- The battle of Haldighati in 1576 was the result of the failure of the diplomatic missions between the two prominent rulers. Akbar could not capture or kill Pratap or any of his family members.
- Rana Pratap shared an amazing bond with his horse Chetak. The tale of loyalty of the horse towards the king is seen as an inspiration to date.
- Chetak saved the life of Maharana Pratap during the battle of Haldighati despite getting injured. On the battlefield, one of the tusks of an elephant went through one of Chetak’s rear legs and left him injured but he still managed to help the king. He later collapsed along a wide stream and lost his life.
- The mighty ruler fought and survived many battles in his lifetime but died of an injury from a hunting accident while tightening the string of a bow with an arrow.
- The ruler also owned an elephant named Ramprasad. The elephant was captured by the Mughals and died after a few days.