Rakt Talai Haldighati - Battle Ground of Haldighati

Rakt Talai Haldighati - Battle Ground of Haldighati, it tells about Rakt Talai where the battle of Haldighati was fought between Pratap and Akbar.

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Today we will tell you about the place where a fierce battle took place between the army of Maharana Pratap and Akbar on 18 June 1576. This place is known as Rakta Talai.

The reason why this place was named Rakt Talai is that so many soldiers from both sides were killed in this war that their blood formed a red colored pond at this place situated on the banks of Banas river.

Due to the pond being filled with blood, this place is called Rakta Talai (Pond of Blood). Let us tell you that the pond is also called Talai in the local language.

In fact, due to rain that day, the blood of the soldiers killed in the war and the rain water had taken the form of a pond on the low-lying land of this area.

From this you can guess how many soldiers would have been killed in the war. So come, today let us see the field of Haldighati where there was a war between the army of Maharana Pratap and Akbar.

Rakta Talai's journey and specialty

This place which was once a big ground has now taken the form of a park. The park is quite big with some cenotaphs built in it.

Looking at this park of Rakt Talai, one thing is clearly visible that this place is also facing neglect in the same way as the original pass of Haldighati.

It seems that now only the historical importance of this place is left, there is nothing else worth seeing in it which can attract tourists.

This place is now more about feeling than seeing. This is the place where Maharana Pratap's horse Chetak attacked Mansingh's elephant in the war.

There are monuments built here in the memory of the warriors of Haldighati. A memorial has been built at the place where the warrior attained martyrdom.

Cenotaph of Jhala Man Singh

As soon as you enter Rakta Talai, Jhala Man Singh's cenotaph is visible in front. Sati pillar is installed inside the cenotaph.

It is said about Jhala Man Singh of Badi Sadri that his physique was like that of Maharana Pratap. It was because of them that Maharana Pratap could get out of Haldighati safely.

In the battle of Haldighati, when Maharana Pratap was surrounded by the Mughals from all sides, Jhala Maan, in order to deceive the Mughals, wore the signs of Maharana Pratap and fought in his place.

The Mughal army attacked him considering him to be Maharana Pratap and he sacrificed his life while fighting the Mughal army.

Thus, Jhala Man Singh sacrificed his life to take Maharana Pratap safely out of the battlefield.

Sati Mata's place

There is a place of Sati Mata under a tree near the cenotaph of Jhala Man Singh. It is said that the wife of one of Maharana Pratap's warriors had committed Sati at this place. Now this place is worshiped as the temple of Sati Mata.

Tomb of Hakim Hakim Khan Sur

There is a tomb built a little further on the left side from Jhala Man Singh's chhatri in Rakt Talai. This tomb belongs to Hakim Khan Sur, the commander of Maharana Pratap.

At this place, commander Hakim Khan Sur was martyred while fighting. It is said that he did not leave his sword even after his death, due to which he was buried with his sword.

It is said that while fighting at this place during the war, Hakim Khan Sur was decapitated. Even after his head was separated from his torso, his torso fell near the Haldighati pass while fighting.

In this way, his head fell in Rakta Talai and his torso near Haldighati pass. A few centuries later, his tombs were built at both these places and he was registered as a Peer.

Apart from Rakt Talai, the second tomb of Hakim Khan Sur is built on the left side of the road, a little ahead of the end of Badshahi Bagh, at the beginning of the main climb of Haldighati.

Years ago this tomb was on a hill near the pass of Haldi Ghati. At that time this road passed between two mountains.

To save the original pass of Haldighati, a new road was built by cutting the hill on the left side of that road. Because of this, this tomb came to the ground right at the beginning of the new winding road.

Cenotaph of Ramshah Tanwar and his sons

Going straight ahead from Jhala Man Singh's cenotaph, there are two cenotaphs built together which are called Tanwar ki Chhatri. A Sati pillar is installed in one of these cenotaphs.

At this place, three generations of King Ramshah Tanwar of Gwalior had sacrificed together. His son and grandson along with Ram Shah attained martyrdom in the war.

In the war, along with Ramshah Tanwar, his three sons Shalivahan Singh, Bhawani Singh and Pratap Singh and his grandson i.e. Shalivahan's 16-year-old son Balbhadra Singh sacrificed their lives.

Keeping in mind the sacrifice of three generations of Tanwars, in 1624 AD, Maharana Karan Singh of Mewar got the cenotaph built in their memory.

Pond of blood

Moving forward from Jhala Man Singh's cenotaph on the right side, one comes to the place where a pond of blood was formed during the war.

A permanent pool has now been built at the place where the pond of blood was formed. Now seeing this place does not give the same feeling as one gets after hearing the name of Rakta Talai.

Badshahi Bagh

Along with Rakta Talai, we talk about Badshahi Bagh. Akbar's army had camped at this place near Haldighati pass during the battle of Haldighati.

This camping site of Akbar's army has now been converted into a garden which is known as Badshahi Bagh.

At the time of the battle of Haldighati, this place was in the form of a forest surrounded by hills and dense trees and plants all around.

This park is now only of historical importance, otherwise there is nothing special worth seeing here.

Places to visit near Rakta Talai

If we talk about the places to visit near Rakta Talai, then places like Haldighati Pass, Maharana Pratap's Cave, Chetak's Samadhi, Chetak Nala, Pratap Memorial etc. can be seen.

How to go to Rakta Talai?

Now let us talk about how to go to Rakta Talai. Rakta Talai is situated in the middle of Khamnore village. At the time of the battle of Haldighati, this place was an empty field.

The distance here from Udaipur railway station is about 50 kilometers. To reach Rakta Talai from Udaipur, you have to take a right turn from Iswal ahead of Ghasiyar on the Udaipur-Gogunda Highway and go from Losing to Balicha. You can also go to Khamnaur via Nathdwara.

If you want to know in depth about the battle of Haldighati, then you must see this battlefield of Haldighati, the biggest karmabhoomi of Maharana Pratap.

That's all for today, we hope you liked the information given by us. Please share your opinion by commenting.

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Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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