From childhood Rana Pratap had the passion that a Kshatriya king needs to possess. In 1568, when Maharana was just 27 years old, the Mughal emperor Akbar conquered Chittor. Maharana Udai Singh, his father decided to leave Chittor and moved to Gogunda. Seeing this as opportunity, his half brother Jagmal took away the throne. When Jagmal was unable to manage affairs he joined the army of Akbar with an idea to take revenge with Maharana Pratap.
Maharana faced many struggles in his career. He kept on fighting with Akbar all his life. Akbar tried several ways to win over Maharana Pratap but he was always a failure. Maharana could not forget when Akbar killed 30,000 unarmed residents of Chittor only because they refused to convert to Islam. This made Maharana revolt against Akbar and he followed strict codes of Kshatriyas to fight with Akbar.
The legend Maharana Pratap was a true patriot who initiated the first war of independence. Maharana was born on May 9th 1540 in Kumbhalgarh in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan to Maharana Udai Singh II and Rani Jeevant Kanwar.
Maharana Pratap fought the famous Battle of Haldighati with Mughal Emperor Akbar. His birth anniversary (Maharana Pratap Jayanti) is celebrated as full fledged festival every year on 3rd day of Jyestha Shukla phase.
Maharana Pratap, has gained amazing respect and honour as he is seen as an epitome of valor, heroism, pride, patriotism and the spirit of independence.
Celebration of Maharana Pratap Jayanti
Special puja and processions are held in his remembrance on Maharana Pratap Jayanti day everywhere. Several cultural programs such as debate are also organized.
To honor the first freedom fighter of India, Maharana Pratap who stood and fought bravely till his last breath against the dominance of Mughal Empire. Maharana Pratap Jayanti (Birth Anniversary) is always celebrated with great enthusiasm in Udaipur.
Haldighati Mela on Maharana Pratap Jayanti
Maharana Pratap jayanti is a celebration of birth day of a well known king of Mewar region of Rajasthan. It is the occasion to remember a brave son of Mewar who fought against the enemy of this brave land of Mewar.
Maharana Pratap had born as on 3rd day of Sukla Paksha of Ashadh month of Hindu calendar. That is the time of to enjoy a famous Haldighati Fair of Mewar.
Maharana Pratap was the most popular ruler of Mewar region of Rajasthan.
His name is fixed in the book of history of Rajasthan in golden words. He was one of the kings of Mewar who spent his whole life to survive the prestige of Mewar.
Maharana Pratap jayanti is the birth celebration of this famous past Mewar ruler of this land of jewel. During the time of Maharana Pratap jayanti there is a fair organized at the place of Haldighati. Haldighati is a well known battle place of Maharana Pratap against the force of mughal emperor of country named Akber.
Haldighati is not only well known for its historic battle but also most popular among the people for a brave sacrificed of an animal which was named as Chattak. It is the place where a horse Chattak who stood during the all time of his life to survive his owner Maharana Pratap in battle of Haldighati. Haldighati fair organizes each of the year in district Rajasthan of the state of Rajasthan.