alone, of all the princes of Hind, he preserved the honour of his race" Khankhanan, son of Bairam Khan - part of Akbar’s Navratana. When people talk about Maharana Pratap, the only thing they remember is the Battle of Haldighati (18 June 1576),
fought between his army and the Mughal emperor Akbar’s army led by Man Singh I of Amber. This battle even though a stalemate, the Mughals have been declared victors by Marxist and Islamic fiction writers.
Defeat of Islamic invaders has been removed from our history books and public discourse because it is the history of Hindu revivalism and bravery which destroys the civilizational lie created by the entire Left that Hindus have been slaves for one thousand years.
If we google Dewair, what pops up is the 2nd battle of Dewair between Rana Amar Singh of Mewar and Mughal oppressor Jehangir, in which Rana defeats the Mughals. But the real battle that changed the course of history in the Indian subcontinent for Hindus was
the first battle of Dewair fought between Maharana Pratap of Mewar and forces of Mughal infiltrator Akbar.
Following the Battle of Haldighati, Maharana was left with only 7000 soldiers and Mughals had captured Kumbhalgarh, Gogunda, Udaipur and Chappan. Maharana changed his strategy from open warfare to guerrilla warfare, continuously attacking Mughals and not allowing them to settle.
This guerrilla warfare strategy was later adopted by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj against Mughals. To subjugate Maharana Pratap, Akbar had sent multiple times an army of more than 1,00,000 soldiers between 1577 to 1584.
1577: Army led by Bhagwandas, Man Singh, Sayed Hashim, Sayed Kashim. 1578: Army led by Bhagwandas, Man Singh, Shahbaz Khan, Kazi Khan Badkashi. 1579: Army led by Shahbaz Khan (attacked Mewar 3rd time). 1580: Army led by Rahim Khankhna. 1584: Army led by Jagannath Kachwaah.
Unsuccessful each and every time. Continuous war with Mughal had huge financial impact. When Maharana needed funds to restore his army and regain his territory, Bhama Shah came forward and immortalized himself in the history of Mewar as its saviour.
Bhama Shah was not only Maharana's treasurer but also a soldier when the need arose. Bhama Shah gave the accumulated wealth of himself and his ancestors which included properties, collection of 25 Lakh rupees and 20000 gold coins from Maalpura to Maharana, which,
with other resources combined was sufficient enough for the maintenance of 25000 men for 12 years. With such help from Bhama Shah, Maharana Pratap was able to form a new army of 40000 soldiers and attack Mughals and regain lost territories.
Dewair was a strategic location. It is the entry point for the enemy forces into Mewar. Dewair valley with Aravalli hills acts as a natural fortress for Mewar. 16th September 1582, on the day of Vijayadashami (Dussehra), the Battle of Dewair began.
The Mewar army was divided into two groups - one led my Maharana Pratap himself and the other half led by Kunwar Amar Singh, son of Maharana Pratap. The Mughal amry was led by Shahbaz Khan and Akbar's uncle Sultan Khan.
Maharana and his army attacked the Mughal outpost in the village of Dewair, situated about 40 km northeast of Kumbhalgarh. Shahbaz Khan and his troops were cut into pieces. The fugitives were pursued to Amait, the garrison of which shared the same fate.
Ere they would recover from their consternation, Komulmer was assaulted and taken; Abdoola and his garrison were put to the sword and thirty six fortified posts in like manner carried by surprise, the troops being put to death without mercy.
Two of the most memorable incidents in the history of warfare took place on the fields of Dewair. Maharana Pratap with a single blow of his sword, which is said to weigh 25 kgs, sliced the Mughal general Bahlol Khan along with his horse into two. (Source: Raj Prashasti)
Amar Singh attacked the Mughal commander Sultan Khan with a spear. The spear rammed both his body and the horse into the ground. The blow was so severe that none from the Mughal army was able to remove the spear from his body. (Source: Raj Prashasti)
Mewar won conclusively with 84 garrisons and 36 check posts of Mughals decimated. Kumbhalgarh was regained by Maharana and, barring Chittor and Mandalgarh, Mewar was in full control of Pratap. Remaining 36000 Mughal soldiers surrendered and Udaipur was regained without a fight.
The blood of the Rajputs slain at Haldighati was avenged at Dewair. There is a magnificent war memorial, Meva Ka Mathara near Dewair, with a beautiful Statue of Maharana Pratap. It commemorates this historic victory of Maharana Pratap against the Mughals. Do visit this place.
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