At Rajasmand district of Rajasthan, we visited the mausoleum of Chetak the gallant horse of Maharana Pratap Singh who fought valiantly in the Battle of Haldighati.
The famous battle of Haldighati was between Maharana Pratap Singh leading the forces of Mewar and the Mughal army led by Emperor Akbar’s general Man Singh. It lasted for only four hours on 21st June, 1576; Maharana Pratap Singh was on his favorite, faithful and obedient horse Chetak. Chetak was made to wear a baby elephant's mask to confuse the elephants of the enemy. The Mughal army was numerically superior, while Maharana Pratap’s men’s morale was at its peak. It was a fierce battle and in that short period Pratap personally attacked Man Singh and the folklores has it that his horse Chetak placed his hooves on the trunk of Man Singh’s elephant. Pratap threw his lance at Man Singh; unfortunately it missed the mark and killed the elephant driver instead. Man Singh soon retreated from the scene. However Mughal army and their artillery finally succeeded in surrounding Pratap.
Chetak was injured badly while Pratap was trying to attack Man Singh. He was bleeding profusely, but on sensing his master in danger, rode him to safety. The Mughal soldiers were chasing them; Chetak labored on and managed to give the enemies a slip and took a final leap over a small brook few kilometers away from the battlefield. The brave and mighty horse, Chetak collapsed and breathed his last, his master Maharana Pratap Singh weeping over him. The Chetak Samadhi is located at that spot.
The Haldighati Maharana Pratap museum houses many weapons and paintings of the famous battle. It is located at 40km. from Udaipur and worth a visit if you are there.