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Maharana Pratap, the 13th King of Mewar was a great warrior and the pride of Rajasthan. And, it is to honour him that the Maharana Pratap Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in our country, especially in the Northern parts of India. However, the Rajputs celebrate his Jayanti as per the Panchang Tithi, according to which Maharana Pratap Jayanti 2020 will fall on May 25. 

History of Maharana Pratap Jayanti

A Bit About the Warrior King. Maharana Pratap was born in a Hindu family of Rajputs on May 9, 1540, in Kumbhalgarh and was a descendant of Sisodia dynasty. Being the eldest of the four brothers, the senior courtiers of the Royal court recommended Pratap to take the reins as the next King after his father, Udai Singh II passed away.

Why is Maharana Pratap Jayanti Celebrated? The roots of this festival trace back to the battle of Haldighati fought on June 18, 1576, between the forces of Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar. 

It happened that Maharana Pratap bluntly refused to form any kind of alliance with the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Thus, the war became inevitable. Soon, the armies were in front of each other. It is said that the Rajputana army was greatly outnumbered still, a ferocious battle followed in which the Mughals came out as the winners. 

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However, the Mughal army couldn’t capture the Rajput king as he was able to successfully flee. And it is to honour this fearlessness, bravado and bold attitude of Maharana Pratap that his Jayanti is celebrated with great reverence, particularly in Northern India.

Major Attractions of Maharana Pratap Jayanti

1. Processions. On the day of Maharana Pratap Jayanti, people take out boisterous processions wherein you can witness huge statues of the king taken out for public views, and people are seen dancing around it on the beats of patriotic songs. The whole vibe of the procession is simply terrific.

2. CM Speech. On this day, usually, the Chief Minister of the state also shares his thoughts about the great warrior king and how we can cultivate such powerful character traits in our life.

3. Cultural Events and Pujas. Honouring the great Rajput warrior, at many temples puja rituals are conducted for Maharana Pratap. Apart from that, there are many cultural events as well as debates which are organized locally. Many people also visit his statue in Udaipur to remember him.  

How to Reach

This festival is celebrated all over Rajasthan. You can consider travelling to Jaipur and witness the celebrations for yourself. Jaipur is located at a distance of 281, 1,148, 1,910, and 1,537 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following ways. 

By Air.  The Sanganer Airport, also known as the Jaipur Airport is the nearest aerodrome. It has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities. After you deboard your flight, you will need to take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your preferred destination. 

By Road. Travelling via road is quite a convenient way to reach Jaipur. You can also choose to travel via Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) which offers regular bus services to Jaipur. Otherwise, if residing in nearby regions, you can also choose to travel via cab or your own car.

By Train. The city of Jaipur has its own railhead. It is linked with some of the major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore as well as Chennai etc. If you are planning a trip, then some good options to consider would be Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express, Jodhpur Express, and Swaraj Express. After getting off from the train, you can take a cab or a bus to reach your destination. 

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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