The history of Chittorgarh is imperfect without a talk about of Maharana Pratap. Chittorgarh will never forget the lifelong fight that this bravest Rajput had waged to succeed back the fort of Chittorgarh from Akbar the Mughal monarch. Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar empire and the seat of Rajput monarchs when Maharana Udai Singh II was in supremacy. It was the magnificence and pleasure of Mewar which Maharana Pratap restored from the tenure by the then Mughal Emperor. The Chittorgarh Fort, the biggest in India, dates back to the 7th century. There are four glorious palaces, nineteen temples and famous monuments inside the fort.
An vital part of the Udaipur history, Gogunda is a small town which was Maharana Udai Singh II’s hideaway Akbar apprehended the Chittorgarh Fort. The town was almost difficult to get because of its shaky location on a peak, which made it a safe haven for the Maharana. The town witnessed the passing away of Maharana Udai Singh II and the coronation of Pratap Singh in 1572. Gogunda was made the momentary capital of Mewar when Pratap Singh was titled Maharana. It is Gogunda where Maharana Pratap counseled and organized his army for the remarkable Battle of Haldighati.
The famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576 between the gigantic Mughal army led by Akbar, and the territorial army of Maharana Pratap was the hardest time in the destiny of Udaipur. It was the zenith of the hostility between the Emperor and Maharana. However Maharana’s 22,000 territorial army were outnumbered by the force of the Mughal army of 2, 00,000 military, they fought angrily till the end and caused causalities to the rival.
Maharana Pratap was always worried about the precautions of his subjects. That is why he shifted the capital to Kumbhalgarh in the Aravalli Range to save them from penalty of the battle. Then, he brought all Rajput chieftains under one roof for the sake of Mewar’s glory and liberty and built a force of ethnic people by training them in fighting. Maharana remained determined and out of Akbar’s take hold of even after 6 months of the battle.
Maharana Pratap was not just a heroic soldier, gentle king and brave leader but also a man of ideology. He never tried any excessive means nor transgressed from the rules of fighting to win over his enemies. Raja Man Singh of Jaipur was the Mughal military general in Akbar’s era. One Maharana got to know Raja Man Singh’s position in a tropical forest. He could have effortlessly attacked Raja Man Singh when the latter was active hunting, but he did not backstab the latter. His distinction of being just was a rare headship mannerism.
When Rahim Khan-e-Khana, a Mughal army officer, was campaigning against Mewar, Amar Singh son of Maharana Pratap caught hold of women of Rahim and brought them to the Mewar.. When Maharana came to know about the confinement of the women, he ostracized such a mean act by his son and commanded him to set them free. Maharana’s liberality touched Rahim and prohibited him from confrontation against him.
Maharana Pratap’s life is a message on how to plunk ground against all probability. When he was nomadic in forests to keep away from the Mughal army after the fight of Haldighati, his family suffered many hardships. His wives and children had to starve and fritter sleepless nights under inauspicious circumstances in forests. Such a disaster enforced him to think of conceding to Akbar and signing a truce of peace with the latter. He redundant such belief and gathered valor to tide over the waves of disaster and visage Akbar once again.