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Maharana Pratap

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Reign 15681597 Born May 9, 1540 Birthplace Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

Died January 19, 1597 (age 57) Predecessor Udai Singh II Successor Amar Singh[1]

Consort

Maharani Ajbade Punwar[2]

Issue Amar Singh Bhagwan Das (17 sons) Royal House Sisodia Father Maharana Udai Singh II Mother Maharani Jaivantabai[2] Hinduism

Religious beliefs

Maharana Pratap pronunciation (helpinfo) or Pratap Singh (May 9, 1540 January 19, 1597) was a Hindu Rajput ruler of Mewar, a region in northwestern India in the present day state of Rajasthan. In popular Indian culture, Pratap is considered to exemplify the qualities like bravery and chivalry to which Rajputs aspire, especially in context of his opposition to the Mughal emperor Akbar. The struggle between Rajput confederacy led by Pratap Singh, and the Mughal Empire under Akbar, has often been characterised as a struggle between Hindus and the invading hordes of Muslims, much on the same lines as the struggle between Shivaji and Aurangzeb a little less than a century later. Maharana Pratap was a staunch patriot. He saw Mughals as foreigners who had invaded India and that is why he refused to surrender. His own father Udai Singh had condemned the house of Man Singh for their marriage with unclean foreigners and Pratap Singh himself said that he would call Akbar only a 'Turk' and not an emperor. Also Pratap Singh's dogged resistance, even when he had to wander in the jungles of Aravallis and his persistent refusal to surrender even after being reduced to starvation while pursuing Haldighati, do not point to a person who fought for power politics, but rather to a person with a sacred mission. His own vow giving up all comforts of palace life till he recaptured all his kingdom from Mughals and his lifelong observance of that vow also speak of his steadfast patriotism and determination rather than power politics. Similar kinds of observation can be pointed out to his repeated refusal to accept lucrative offers from Akbar in shape of jagirs and suberdaris