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India’s idol of courage that rose from Udaipur – Maharana Pratap

Posted by on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Maharana Pratap (1572-1597), the 54th  custodian of the House of Mewar and son of Maharana Udai Singh, has been a Rajput ruler who is celebrated throughout the country for his courage and patriotism. Col. Tod, the famous British antiquarian, says, “There is not a pass in the Alpine Aravalli that is not sanctified by some deed of Maharana Pratap – some brilliant victory, or oftener, more glorious defeat.”

As the first freedom fighter in the annals of India, he was the precursor and inspiration for Mahatma Gandhi himself. To the people at large, he is known forever as “the Light and Life of the Hindu Community.” What is the mettle that made Maharana Pratap? Undoubtedly, it was his seamless courage, respect for his dynasty and the unshakable principle of never bowing down to the wrong or unjust. A famous poem on him rightly asks the readers, “Has anyone seen the Maharana bow his head before the balustrade in the Mughal court?”

Maharana Pratap’s principles never failed to flow down to his horse. Chetak, his favourite charger died in the battle, but not before saving his master’s life. The horse is known to have jumped over a mountain stream when pursued by two Mughal chiefs. Chetak died soon after he had seen his master to safety.

We’d be glad to have your views and contributions on Maharana Pratap. Do leave us a comment!

  • Karan Singh Panwar

    Long live the king who taught us what freedom actually means. There has been no greater warrior and administrator than Maharana himself. Sad to see how our education system includes lessons on the Mughals but none on Maharana Pratap.

  • rudra pratap mohapatra

    My inspiration is maharana Pratap, my ideal is maharana Pratap. I only admire a person in this whole world – MAHARANA PRATAP


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