Maharana Pratap Singh (May 9, 1540- January 29, 1597) was a Rajput king of Mewar, a region in north-western India in the present day state of Rajasthan.
Maharana Pratap Singh known as one of the greatest warriors who refused to surrender to the mighty Mughal army. As per the legends, the Rajput king stood tall at 7 feet and 5 inches and weigh around 110 kilograms.
Maharana Pratap carried a 8 kg spear and two swords with him and also wear an armour that weigh around 72 kgs. He would weight around 208 kg in total.
In 1582, Maharana Pratap won the battle of Dewair against Akbar and Akbar moved to Lahore and remained there for next twelve years.
Most important of Pratap Singh’s legacy was in the military field – after Haldighati war, he increasingly experimented and perfected guerrilla warfare and light horse tactics. His military techniques paved way for downfall of Mughal empire.
Rana Pratap’s defiance of the mighty Mughal empire and fought battles till his last breath, almost alone and unaided by the other Rajput states.
Constitute a glorious saga of Rajput valour and the spirit of self sacrifice for cherished principles. Rana Pratap’s methods of sporadic warfare was later elaborated further by Malik Ambar, the Deccani general, and by Shivaji Maharaj.
He was staunch Patriot. Today is the birth anniversary of the legendary king.