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Devotion of Brave ‘Chetak’ to Be Honoured on Death Anniversary of Maharana Pratap

Chetak and Maharana Pratap were the best companions and mention of one brings the memory of the other instantly

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The famous Maharana Pratap Udaipur, India. Wikimedia

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.

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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

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Valiant Maharana Pratap’s 477th birth Anniversary to be observed on May 28

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Statue of Maharana Pratap, Wikimedia

New Delhi, May 7, 2017: Maharana Pratap (1568-1597 C.E.) was a Hindu Rajput King of Mewar in Rajasthan, India. Maharana Pratap belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs to Maharani Jaiwanta Bai and Udai Singh II in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. Many royal families in Rajasthan regard and worship him for his valour and courage. He sacrificed his life to recapture Chittor from the Mughals. He was an extraordinary strategist and a fearless warrior.

As per historical records, Maharana Pratap was born on May 9th, 1540 according to Julian calendar. Julian calendar is redundant and it has been superseded by the Gregorian calendar. According to Proleptic Gregorian calendar, Maharana Pratap was born on May 19th, 1540.

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However, the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap is celebrated as per Hindu calendar. Either one follows Julian calendar or Gregorian calendar, the Hindu date of the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap falls on the same day. According to Hindu calendar, it was Tritiya, Jyeshtha, Shukla Paksha, 1597 Vikram Samvat when Maharana Pratap was born. In 2017, the 477th year of the birth anniversary will be marked. Maharana Pratap Jayanti will be observed on May 28.

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Maharana Pratap is well-known for the famous battle of Haldighati against Mughal Emperor Akbar. The battle, which was fought on June 18, 1576, is still commemorated by the people of Mewar. Maharana Pratap’s army was highly outnumbered but the warrior fought with bravery and by the end, he made an escape with his horse, Chetak. He successfully fought the Mughals to protect his people. Even when almost all of his fellow Rajput chiefs embarked on serving the Mughal Emperor Akbar, he refused to enter into the Mughal vassalage. He is hailed as an epitome of heroism, the spirit of freedom, pride and valour. Although he was unable to redeem Chittor from the clutches of Mughals, he fought the Mughals until his demise. Maharana Pratap died of injuries sustained during a hunting event on January 29, 1597, at the age of 57.

Last year, to commemorate the 476th birth anniversary of one the greatest warriors of Indian history Maharana Pratap, the Union Government released a Maharana Pratap commemorative and circulation coin of Rs 100 and Rs 10 respectively.

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On Maharana Pratap Jayanti, special processions and pujas are held. Several cultural events are also organised all over the country.  Havan-Poojan is initiated at Maharana Pratap memorial located atop Moti Magri or Pearl Hill in Udaipur. A grand colourful procession is also organised with bedecked horses and Maharana’s portraits. People from all castes and creeds take part in this procession to showcase their reverence and love for the great king. Last year, Telangana’s Veer Kshatriya Rajput Samiti (VKRS) organised a procession on June 7, to celebrate the 476th Jayanti of Maharana Pratap. It began from Aghapura and go up to Begium Bazar in Hyderabad.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse