Maharana Pratap was one of the first kings to acknowledge #Bharatvarsh and should have been remembered as India’s first freedom fighter. But this never happened because post-independence our education system systematically deleted, hid, or undermined the legends of Maharana Pratap Singh, Shri Guru Gobind Singh, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Bappa Rawal, and many more.
#MaharanaPratap was never captured or defeated by his enemies, he always found a way to survive and fight back. We all know about the Battle of Haldighati, what we are not told know is the resurgence of Maharana Pratap after 1579, and how he gathered an army of 40,000 soldiers and recovered and conquered #Gogunda, #Kumbhalgarh, #Ranthambore, and #Udaipur from the #Mughals and ruled his land restoring peace and prosperity for the next 18 years. His story is deleted or hidden from our history books but legends never die and his story still lives on the folk songs, regional books, and other documentation from #historians outside the country.
we want to do our part in reviving the real story of Maharana Pratap, the man revered as one of the strongest warriors India has ever seen. Standing at 7 feet 5 inches, he would carry an 80-kilogram spear and two swords weighing around 208 kilograms in total. He would also wear armor weighing 72 kilograms. Such was his might that once he was faced by Mughal’s biggest fighter Behlol Khan on the battlefield and by just one swing of his Talwar, #Khan was split in two along with his Horse. Maharana was a true patriot who gave up all the royalty and luxury of his crown for the land he so dearly loved. Such was the sacrifice that he chose to eat Rotis made of grass rather than join hands with the #Invaders. He respected men and women alike, never discriminated against any race or religion, and always stood for what is right. Such was his ethics and values that even #Akbar himself had immense respect for him and cried when he heard about the death of Maharana. Maharana’s sacrifice and valor will keep inspiring generations of men and women.
Disclaimer: ‘Akbar’ in the context of Haldighati is a figure of speech and refers to Akbar’s army and not Akbar himself. His participation on the battlefield is still unknown. While some sources say he did, others say he dint.