Maharana Pratap was undoubtedly the bravest Rajput ruler of that era. He was the only one to lock horns with the most dominating Mughal emperor Akbar who is referred as Akbar the great in the history. Here are some lesser known interesting facts about Maharana Pratap.
1. When all the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan were accepting the supremacy of Akbar which included Pratap’s own treacherous brothers Shakti Singh, Sagar Singh, and Jagmal Singh too, Maharana Pratap refused to bow to Akbar and chose to fight to save his motherland.
2. Maharana Pratap possessed both might and mind, his might can be judged from the fact that he used to fight on the battlefield while carrying an armour, javelin, swords together weighing more than 35 kg. It is claimed that the height of Maharana Pratap is more than 7 feet but the concrete proof of the same is not found but it could be possible.
3. It is said that in the historic battle of Haldighati he sliced one of the Mughal opponents Behlol khan from head to horse into two.
4. On the recommendations of Mewar nobles, his coronation as 54th Mewar ruler was done in Gogunda during the days of his struggle against Akbar.
5. In the Haldighati battle, Pratap made his horse Chetak charge over the elephant on which Jaipur ruler Man Singh1 was riding, with Chetak’s forelegs onto the Elephant’s trunk Pratap launched an attack with his Javelin on Man Singh but Man Singh ducked the attack by bending down.
6. While resuming to the feet Chetak’s leg got injured by the sword tied to the tip of elephant’s trunk
7. Jhala Maan who had a close resemblance to Rana Pratap advised him to leave the battlefield and wore his crown, the Mughals attacked Jhala Maan mistaking him to be Maharana Pratap and Jhala Maan was Killed.
8. Akbar always dreamt of capturing Maharana Pratap but he could never succeed.
9. Maharana Pratap vowed to conquer entire Mewar and for this, he pledged to leave all the royal pleasure and decided to live in the jungle.
10. Maharana Pratap banged back strongly and conquered most part of the Mewar through guerilla warfare which also became popular war tacting amongst other warriors.
Maharana Pratap remains unconquered throughout his lifespan, it is said that even Akbar was fascinated with the valor of Pratap.
“All is unstable in this world. Land and wealth will disappear, but the virtue of a great name lives forever. Pratap abandoned wealth and land, but never bowed his head.”-Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana, part of Akbar’s Navratana