Real Story of Padmavathi,Alauddin Khilji and Chittorgarh


The tragedy of Indian History being taught in India is that while fictitious accounts like Jayasi’s poem ,concocted story of Alexander’s victory over Porus,depiction of Ambi,a descendent of Shakuni (Mahabharat) ,as a turn coat,authentic historical accounts of India from Indian texts,Puranas,Ramayana,Mahabharatha and Kalhana’s Raja Tharangini ,to quote a few are dismissed as mythology,legends not backed by evidence.

Unfortunately for them,the events stated in these texts have been verified with tools like Archeology,Astronomy,Plate tectonics,infrared dating ,Carbon dating,Etymology,Comparative Linguistics and Numismatics.

I have,with the help of these tools and sources from India and abroad from various languages and Cultures,been able to prove that what is mentioned in the Puranas,Tamil Classics,Ramayana and Mahabharatha to be accurate.

No other religious text stands the vigorous texts of India.

I have traced the history of India,that is east,south,central and far east and other continents till the advent of .

the,Nandas.

I intended pursuing further from the Narmada,Godavari,Kaveri and Vaigai river civilizations.

I was stuck with some other research and did not continue.

Now,though it is not in the sequential order,I verified the facts about Malikkafur,Alauddin Khilji and,Rani Padmini as there is controversy over the film Padmavathi and the film is stated to contain information contrary to facts.

 

Myth of Aurangazeb,Tippy Sultan,Shahjehan Mumtaz Love story and Tajmahal,I have written about.

I have found authentic material on Alauddin Khilji and,Rani Padmavathi of Chittorgarh and these are provided below.

Readers may draw their own conclusions.

 

In 1303 Allauddin khilji, Sultan of Delhi, intrigued by tales of the matchless beauty of Padmini, Rani of Chittor, of her wit and charm, decided to verify this himself. His armies surrounded Chittor, and the sultan sent a message to Rana Rattan Singh, Padmini’s husband, to say that he would spare the city if he could meet its famous queen. The compromise finally reached was that the sultan could look upon Padmini’s reflection if he came unarmed into the fort. Accordingly, the sultan went up the hill and glimpsed a reflection of the beautiful Padmini standing by a lotus pool. He thanked his host who courteously escorted Allauddin down to the outer gate-where the sultan’s men waited in ambush to take the rana hostage.

There was consternation in Chittor until Padmini devised a plan. A messenger informed the sultan that the rani would come to him. Dozens of curtained palanquins set off down the hill, each carried by six humble bearers. Once inside the Sultan’s camp, four well-armed Rajput warriors leaped out of each palanquin and each lowly palanquin bearer drew a sword.In the ensuing battle, Rana Rattan Singh was rescued-but 7,000 Rajput warriors died. The sultan now attacked Chittor with renewed vigor. Having lost 7,000 of its best warriors, Chittor could not hold out. Surrender was unthinkable. The rani and her entire entourage of women, the wives of generals and soldiers, sent their children into hiding with loyal retainers. They then dressed their wedding fine , slid their farewells, and singing ancient hymns, boldly entered the mahal and performed jauhar.

The men, watching with expressionless faces, then donned saffron robes, smeared the holy ashes of their women on their foreheads, flung open the gates of the fort and thundered down the hill into the enemy ranks, to fight to the death’.

Following link is from Google Scholar from which the above material is quoted.

http://www.chittorgarh.com/chittorgarh_history.asp

Following is from https://swarajyamag.com/culture/rani-padmini-and-alauddin-khilji-separating-fact-from-fiction

The popular story says that when Khilji attacked Chittor, he fell for Padmini on seeing her reflection in the mirror. This story was woven by a well-known Indian poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi, in 1540 AD, and finds echo in Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery of India as well.

Jayasi’s poem about Padmini and Khilji, however, is not accurate. Historians have, in fact, come up with possible scenarios for what could have actually happened.

According to Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, Rani Padmavati of Chittor was the wife of Raja Ratansen (a name invented by Jayasi with no reference in Mewar history) of Chittor during the reign of Allauddin Khilji. The correct name of Chittor’s then ruler was Rawal Ratan Singh, the thirty-fourth descendant of Bappa Rawal.

What Jayasi’s poem says

There were many talented artists in the court of Ratansen, one of whom was a musician named Raghava Chetan. He was a sorcerer who used his magical powers to target rivals. Once, he was caught red-handed while trying to invoke evil spirits, after which Ratansen banished Raghava from the kingdom after blackening his face. Raghava ran away to Delhi and decided to take revenge by provoking Khilji to attack Chittor.

Raghava knew of a forest near Delhi where Khilji went hunting. One day, he played his flute while Khilji was out hunting. The alluring notes emanating from his flute attracted the attention of Khilji, who then asked his soldiers to fetch the flute player. Thus, Raghava was taken to Khilji’s court.

After reaching Delhi, Raghava told Khilji about the unparalleled beauty of Rani Padmini. That prompted Khilji to attack Chittor, but he found the fort to be heavily defended. So he laid siege to the fort and forced Ratansen to negotiate with him.

Desperate to capture the beautiful Padmini, Khilji sent a word to Ratansen about him wanting to meet her. The Raja asked Padmini, who flatly refused. However, on being persuaded by her beleaguered husband, Rani Padmini agreed to let Khilji see her in the mirror.

……….Next, Khilji entered the fort with a group of select warriors who had observed the fort’s defences on their way to the palace. On seeing Padmini in the mirror, Khilji decided that she must be his.

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While returning to his camp, Khilji deceitfully kidnapped Ratansen and took him as prisoner. Thereafter, he informed the Rajput Sardars that Padmini should be handed over to him if they wanted to see their king alive.

The Rajput generals, led by two gutsy warriors, Gora and Badal, who were related to Padmini, decided to beat Khilji at his game. They sent out a word that Padmini would be handed over the next morning.

At the crack of dawn, 150 palanquins (in which royal ladies were carried in medieval times) left the fort and made their way to Khilji’s camp. The palanquins stopped before a tent where King Ratansen was held prisoner. To his surprise, armed Rajputs jumped out from the palanquins, freed Ratansen and galloped away to Chittor, riding the horses grabbed from Khilji’s stable.

Khilji was furious. He ordered the army to storm Chittorgarh. However, the army could not break into the fort. Due to a prolonged siege, food supplies for the troops were running out. So Ratansen opened the fort gates, and Rajputs rode out to fight. They were overpowered, and achieved martyrdom. Rani Padmini and wives of thousands of warriors preferred jauhar (fire is lit, and women jump into the flames) over losing their honour to Khilji’s army……

..When Khilji entered the fort, all that he found were ashes of these brave women. Their sacrifice has been kept alive by Bards in their songs, where they praise women who preferred supreme sacrifice to dishonour.

When this author visited Chittorgarh Fort in 2008 and asked the guide about the veracity of the mirror story, he said locals did not believe in it.

Having learnt what Jayasi’s poem says, let us now read what the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s book on Indian History says.

In January 1303, Khilji set out on his memorable campaign for the conquest of Chittor. He received strong resistance from the Rajputs under Rana Ratan Singh. The Rajputs offered heroic resistance for about seven months and then, after the women had perished in the flames of jauhar, the fort surrendered on August 26, 1303.

 

Whilst later writers like Abu-l Fazl, Haji-ud-Dabir (note these two authors use Padmini not as a name, but as a woman possessing special attributes) have accepted the story that the sole reason for invasion of Chittor was Khilji’s desire to get possession of Padmini, many modern writers are inclined to reject it altogether. They point out that the episode of Padmini was first mentioned by Malik Jayasi in 1540 A.D. in his poem Padmavat, which is a romantic tale rather than historical work. Further, the later day writers who reproduced the story with varying details, flourished long after the event, but their versions differed from one another on essential points.



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4 replies

  1. Indian history suffers from Islamic myopia. There was marked difference bewteen the ancient invaders and Islamic invaders. The Islamic invaders invaders in order to justify the atrocities created fictions.ancient invaders upto Huns had fight only with kings and SKAS/KUSHANAS HUNS EVEN GREEKS adopted Indian customs. On the other hand Islamic invades created histories benton degrading and denigrading the Indian people. Thus alberuni Ibn Batuta twisted history and created folk ballads. For example Book by alberuni is actuallly translation of Arabic treatise in fifteenth century and that is why we cannotfind mention of CHALUKYAS CHOLS in Alberuni and the religion depicted corresponds to Vaishnavism of Vijayanagar period. Most of the allauddin Khilji’s exploits were fiction. He ransacked towns but Rani Padmini was a fictioinal character.

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  2. https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsinteresting ….. i have been pondering the historic places and have alternative views on the real locations. for example kuru dynasty descendants maybe the kurukh tribe and this includes the rohingyas with their former capital rohtasgarh in bihar and probably before their defeat in madhya pradesh near gwalior [where there is a hastinapur]…..as for takshaka his city was khandavaprastha which today is khandwa…..indraprastha was not built there but in or near indore…..takshakeshwar temple is in mandsaur dedicated to takshaka and taj mahal was takshaka mahalaya which means the hindu rulers in agra may have been his descendants….janamejaya did his ‘sarpa satram’ in nagda…..all this places are more plausible than the locations being touted now……

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