15 Little known Facts about Maharana Pratap

Posted by The Open Page | 9th May 2017

Born on 9th May, 1540 at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, Maharana Pratap is a symbol of Rajput valor, gallantry and diligence. He was a standalone fighter against Mughal supremacy and fought all his life to free his homeland, Mewar Rajputana, from their control. Worshiped by his men, Maharana Pratap led from the front and despite losing the Battle of Haldighati to Mughal Emperor Akbar he did not surrender and continued to fight till the end.
Rana Pratap, as he is popularly known, is a legend that has been narrated from one generation to the next, but there are some things about this brave warrior that many people may not have heard. This list captures the life and times of Maharana Pratap.
1. As a child, he was brave and fearless.
2. He proved to be the legitimate successor.
3. Maharana Pratap had 11 wives.
4. Tall and handsome, he was a tough warrior.
5. His battle skills were exemplary.
6. Not by stealth or treachery, he faced his enemies in upfront battles.
7. Upheld the dignity of women.
8. Maharana Pratap effectively used guerilla warfare tactics.
9. Lived by a pledge to free the homeland.
10. He never accepted Emperor Akbar’s supremacy.
11. At Haldighati, Maharana Pratap waged battle against a much larger army.
12. His war horse, Chetak, died to save Rana Pratap.
13. Not one to give up, Rana Pratap continued to fight.
14. The Mughal court wanted to win over Maharana Pratap.
15. Till his very last breath, Maharana Pratap dreamed of Chittor’s freedom.

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