The Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Commander in Chief Raja Mann Singh couldn’t defeat Maharana Pratap in the battle of Haldighati. While, Maharana Pratap lost all his material possessions, he didn’t lose hope. He was still courageous and determined to fight the Mughal army.
Let us see what happened after the Haldighati Battle in Maharana Pratap’s life:
When the commander in chief of Mughal’s Army Raja Maan Singh couldn’t win against Maharana Pratap, the Emperor Akbar decided to take the job himself. Akbar himself led the operation against Maharana Pratap and in the process occupied three more areas of Mewar i.e. Goganda, Uday Singh’s capital Udaipur, and Kumbhalmir, This compelled the Rana to move into southern Mewar which was full of the mountainous tracts.
When His Friends Became Mughal Allies
Akbar after increasing the trouble of Rana, then decided to isolate him with all the support he was getting from other people. So, he exerted pressure on the states stationed at the borders of Mewar. Eventually, the Rajput chiefs of Banswara, Sirohi, Dungarpur and Idar submitted their states to Akbar and so did the Afghan chief of Jalor.
Next, the Mughals went behind Duda, the elder son of Rao Surjan Hada who had teamed up with Rana to possess Bundi and the nearby areas. However, his father Surjan Hada and younger brother Bhoj supported Mughals against him and the Mughals ultimately could crush Duda who then escaped to the hills, and Bundi went under the control of Bhoj. This was the time when Mughals totally isolated Maharana Pratap.
Maharana Pratap Built a New Army in the Forest
When almost all his allies submitted themselves to Akbar, Maharana Pratap had no one for his support. Besides, he was left with no money to support his own army. It was during this time he got a huge support from Bhamashah which helped Maharana Pratap in building and maintaing his army. In addition, he also acquired great support of the tribal King Raja Punja Bhil with whom he built a new army. The Bheels supported Maharana Pratap till he breath his last.
Maharana Pratap Bounced Back to Regain his Lost Territories
After 1579, the Mughal Emperor faced a lot of rebels in Bihar, Bengal and Punjab including his own brother Mirza Hakim. Akbar’s entire focus shifted towards North. What’s more, he even left Agra and moved to Lahore where he remained for the next 12 years. Since, his entire concentration was in North, Akbar didn’t send any Mughal army to Mewar. Rana Pratap, then recovered a lot of his lost territories including areas of Chittor and Kumbalgarh, though he could never recapture Chittor. This is the period when he made his new capital Chavand which is near the modern day Dungarpur.
When He Breath His Last
His last years went in peace since Akbar renounced his obsessive quest of getting Maharana Pratap. However, though he never gave up fighting to win Chittor back, he could never win it back. On January 29, 1597, Maharana Pratap, Mewar’s and India’s first freedom fighter left his body after getting seriously injured in a hunting accident. He was 56 when he died fighting for his state, his people, and most significantly for his honor.