Maharana Pratap Jayanti in Himachal Pradesh in 2025

Maharana Pratap Jayanti in Himachal Pradesh in 2025
Statue of Maharana Pratap at Haldighati. Image by Dev Vora
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2025 Thu, May 29Regional Holiday
2024 Sun, Jun 9Regional Holiday
2023 Mon, May 22Regional Holiday
2022 Thu, Jun 2Regional Holiday
2021 Sun, Jun 13Regional Holiday

3rd day of Jyeshta. Honours an eminent ruler in the region in the 16th century

When is Maharana Pratap Jayanti?

Maharana Pratap Jayanti is a regional public holiday in the northern India states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan on the 3rd day of the month of Jyeshta. This means it takes place in late May or June in the western calendar.

This holiday marks the birth anniversary of an eminent ruler in the 16th century who stood up to the might of the Mughal Empire.

History of Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Maharana Pratap was born on May 9th 1540 in Rajasthan. His father was Maharana Udai Singh II, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mewar, with the capital at Chittor. As the eldest of 25 sons, Pratap was the Crown Prince.

In 1567, Chittor was surrounded by the formidable forces from the Mughal Empire of Emperor Akbar. Maharana Udai Singh II decided to leave Chittor, and relocate west to Gogunda, rather than capitulate to the Mughals.

Maharana Udai Singh II died in 1572, and after a power struggle with one of his siblings, Pratap Singh became the Maharana of Mewar.

His desire to reclaim Chittor would come to define the rest of his life. He resisted several peace treaties with Akbar, refusing to give up the independence of his kingdom. He fought bravely against overwhelming odds and never succumbed to the Mughals, but neither did he manage to gain the upper hand and regain Chittor.

Regarded as one of the strongest warriors in Indian history, Maharana Pratap was said to be 2.26 metres (7 feet 5 inches) tall. He would wear a body armour of 72 kilograms (kg) and carry a spear of 81kg.

Maharana Pratap had 11 wives and 17 children. His eldest son, Maharana Amar Singh 1, became his successor and was the 14th king of the Mewar dynasty.

In January 1597, he was seriously injured in a hunting accident. He passed away, aged 56, on January 29th 1597. He died fighting for his nation, for his people, and most importantly for his honour.

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