July 07, 2017: Chetak, the hero of Haldighati battle cannot be left forgotten when it comes to reminiscing the glory of Maharana Pratap. Chetak and Maharana Pratap were the best companions and mention of one brings the memory of the other instantly.
A fare will be organised on each death anniversary of Maharana Pratap to extol the devotion of Chetak towards his master. For the grand occasion, a new 13 feet huge metallic idol of Chetak is ready. The first fare is likely to be held on 19th January 2018 at Chetak Memorial near Khamnor, Udaipur. The idol was constructed by four artists from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal that took three months.
Narendra Singh, the founder of Pratap Country, used to organise a similar fare 10 years back at Khamnor however it stopped after his demise. It was until a few months back, Collector Archana Singh displayed interest in this fare.
Every year more than five lakh tourists visit Haldighati informed Dr Mohan Shrimali, founder of the museum, as reported by Udaipur times. The tourists visit the valley where the battle of Haldighati took place.
Previously, very few people used to visit Haldighati, but the number of visitors increased from 20,000 to 5 Lakh in 2003 after the commencement of the museum. The place holds historical importance, however, it is being neglected from a tourist point of view. The fare will be a three-day affair, except the primitive one which will be one day fare.
The Chetak fare is expected to hike the graph of tourism and a boon for Rajsamand district. The fare will also have horses of numerous breeds.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94