Chetak, Maharana Pratap’s Brave Horse

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. The brave horse is described as very handsome creature in history books. His physical features like his ears, neck were very attractive. He was submissive only to Maharana Pratap.

Chetak Fights the Battle

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 folklore has it that his horse 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 horse

Chetak horse with elephant mask(Please click to enlarge and see the baby elephant mask put on Chetak.)

The brave horse 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; the brave horse 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 collapsed and breathed his last, his master Maharana Pratap Singh weeping over him. Chetak Samadhi is located at that spot. The memorial in Haldighati reminds us of the spectacular feat achieved by the brave and loyal horse.

Chetak horse painting
Chetak horse samadhi
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.

Chetak horse statues

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34 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    Wow, it reads like a legend! But it is all true history??

  2. Jedediah says:

    Interesting post and lovely photos.

  3. Thank you Dina and Jedediah!
    Of course this is a true story. 🙂 Hard to believe, I know.

  4. i beati says:

    I learned a lot today and the progression of pictures – very nice..SAndy

  5. Norm says:

    what a very interesting post, thanks for sharing..

  6. Sue says:

    This is such a cool entry! I loved reading the history and seeing the statues to go with. 🙂 The Mughal empire has such a rich, and fascinating history 🙂

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    Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  7. bobbie says:

    Beautiful pictures, and a beautiful horse. Thank you for telling us the story.

  8. Not only was I able to see great pictures, I also learned quite a lot. Thanks for posting.

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  9. Thank you for this amazing accounting of the history, along with your photos. Those sculptures are incredible works of art. I look forward to your posts.

  10. Aviral says:

    Indian history is always fascinating and when it is accompanied by such beautiful pictures, it becomes even more interesting.

  11. lisaschaos says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the horse/elephant thing! 🙂

  12. Ladynred says:

    Interesting history and great post.

  13. Lakshmi says:

    Its been one of my favourite stories from rajasthan..I heard there is an annual mela to celebrate the famous horse ..not sure when though :)good yr post reminded me of the meme

  14. Tink *~*~* says:

    Your “critter” for today was a noble animal and a good friend. 🙂

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  15. Thank you very much for sharing this…We should remember Maharana Pratap Singh and his horse for good.

  16. magiceye says:

    well told and documented.. good one for this meme

  17. Carletta says:

    Such an interesting post.
    I loved seeing the statues – they are beautiful!

  18. Grammy says:

    Great photos.
    This is my first time on Camera critters.
    Have a great week.
    Grammy

  19. Gretchen says:

    Those are gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing them and the story! Some day, I hope to be able to see that in person.

  20. Gattina says:

    What an interesting story to read ! thanks !

  21. Misty Dawn says:

    Wow! What an informative and interesting post with great photos!

  22. Cathy says:

    I always enjoy visiting your blog because you have such interesting posts and photos!

  23. I believe a horse is the noblest of creatures. I grew up with some and have a reverence for them. Thank you for the history lesson, well told.

  24. Kat says:

    You took us thro’ the history channel, picturising the war.

    Am all admiration for Chetak. It’s also a great warrior.

  25. Oh…really like the horse.

  26. Anonymous says:

    CHETAK was a pure KATHIAWARI breed horse.
    The TRUE story is something like this….
    A very small village called KHOD, near to-days CHOTILA in Saurashtra region of Gujarat state had more population of "Danti Charans"living their. They use to travell all over Gujarat and Rajasthan and do business of selling Good Breed Horses to Big Kingdoms.
    When they heard of the Mahara Pratap's fighting with Delhi Sultanate, they had selected Two 92) lovely Colts from KATHIAWAR, both Grey colour one was 1 yr 2 months named "NATAK"…and another was 3 months old named "CHETAK".
    They took it to Chittore, and wanted to see Maharana personally to gift this both horses. But some how they couldn't…after fe days Maharana came to know from his sources that the Danti Charan's from Saurashrta region of Gujarat is here to meet you , and he called them. These Charans explaind about the quality of the KATHIAWARI breed horses to him, and Maharana was NOT satisfied with the talks , and he asked them to show some proof…!
    They kept NATAK in front of Maharana and put only sand up to Hoofs of the colt…and just gave a sound from behind….to all surprised…NATAK..jumped and started running in ground…leaving behind his Hoofs into the Sand pit…! Maharana was impressed with the KATHIAWARI breeds POWER and STRENGHT…and he accepted the gift of the CHETAK as both were from the same mother and father….and rest is History..everyone reads today in India.

  27. Shweta says:

    thanx for nice information.its really amazing can u know the famous poem for chetak…………..some thing like…i dont remmber the whole words but last words are……………..samjho to aanso hai na samho to pani………if u know this poem please tell

  28. Neeti says:

    the post is cool and i was finding things about chetak for a very long time but i couldnt get any and anonymous thanks for your information so it mean that today i got to know a lot

  29. Gayatri says:

    It was really pity to know that Chetak died. A touching true story.
    Thankyou for the useful information.

  30. Rohit says:

    Being a animal it has done the outstanding bravery historical work which can't done by human being.

  31. Rohit says:

    Being a animal it has done the outstanding bravery historical work which can't done by human being.

  32. Nalin says:

    Chetak is vary brave horse but maharana pratap had a outstanding man on the earth i proud of maharana pratap because of i am a indian.

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