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History of Haldighati

Haldighati is situated near Udaipur district of Rajasthan. It is a historical site which lies at a distance of 44 km from Udaipur. The history of Haldighati starts with the battle of Haldighati which was fought between Rajput Kingdom of Mewar under Maharana Pratap and Mughal forces of Akbar. This was an epic battle which inspires us due to the display of courage, valor and gallantry by Maharana Pratap and his courageous Rajput men. The Bhils from the surrounding region also made a remarkable contribution in the battle. Their sacrifice can also not be forgotten.

Haldighati in Indian History –

Maharana Pratap was the king of Mewar and considered Mughals as invaders. He never recognized Akbar as the ruler of India and vowed to fight till death against Mughal suppression. Akbar had tried everything to convince Maharana Pratap to form a treaty with him, but all his efforts were futile. Akbar was desperate and at last decided to send his army against Maharana Pratap under the command of Man Singh, who was the brother-in-law of Akbar.

This was the turning point in the history of Haldighati. On 18th of June, 1576 Raja Man Singh and the Mughal army confronted Rana Pratap and his men in Haldighati. Maharana Pratap and his army were outnumbered by the huge Mughal army, but the brave Rajput sons of Mewar were determined to teach their enemies some lesson. Soon face to face with each other both armies engaged in a battle of true wits. Maharana Pratap and the Rajput warriors fought gallantly giving severe blows to their enemies, but were overwhelmed by the number of their enemies. Soon it was clear that the Mughal army cannot be defeated and Pratap was heavily injured. The generals convinced Maharana Pratap to get away from the battle field in order to stay alive and fight for another day. One of the Jhala officers donned the attire of Maharana Pratap and charged towards the enemies to create a deflection and facilitate enough time for Pratap to get away from the scene.

Maharana Pratap fainted due to excessive blood loss and was carried away by his faithful horse Chetak to a safer place before collapsing to his injuries. The history of Haldighati is a true example of patriotism displayed by brave sons of Mewar.

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