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Maharana Pratap Death Anniversary: All You Need To Know About This Great Warrior

Since childhood, we all have been hearing stories about the courage of great warrior Maharana Pratap. He is undoubtedly one of the most daring warriors in the history of India. He was a Rajput king of Mewar and notable for the fierce battle of Haldighati against Mugal emperor Akbar in 1576. Pratap took his last breath in Chavand on 19 January 1597.

Early Life of Maharana Pratap

Maharana Pratap
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Maharana Pratap was born on 9 May 1540 to a Rajput king of Mewar, Udai Singh II. He has three more younger brothers and two stepsisters. After the death of Udai Sing II in 1972, Maharana Pratap took over the responsibility of Mewar as his eldest son. He was married to 11 women and blessed with 17 sons and 5 daughters. 

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Battle Of Haldighati

Maharana Pratap
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Akbar conquered Chittorgarh in 1568 which was the land of Maharana Pratap. Afterwards he intent to secure a stable route to Gujarat through Mewar. When Maharana Pratap was crowned as king of Mewar, Akbar sent a message to surrender his kingdom become vassal to him. Pratap refused and the war was started.

The battle was fought in Haldighati between Pratap and Mughals led by Man Singh of Amer. The Mughals were vicarious at that time but couldn’t stand against Pratap and lose. After it, he fielded his army to a narrow mountain pass of Haldighati. But this time Mughals are prepared with around 10,000 men whereas Pratap only have 3000 men and 400 archers in his force.

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Maharana Pratap
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Mughals won after the 3 days of the fierce battle but didn’t capture Pratap or any of his family members. Thereafter, Mughals captured Gogunda, Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh. The source claimed that Maharana Pratap managed to claim most of the region of Mewar afterwards. 

On 19 January 1597, the great Rajput warrior died due to multiple injuries in a hunting accident. On his death bed, Pratap told his eldest son Amar Singh to never surrender to the Mughals and to win Chittor back.

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