Category: Chetak

Learn about a faithful horse who saved the life of his owner – The Marwari horse “Chetak”

The Marwari horse today is descended from the splendid war horses that served the ruling families and warriors of feudal India, throughout and from the beginning of that country’s history. Chetak, the white horse of Marwari breed (The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colours, although pinto patterns tend to be the most popular with buyers and breeders) he had a short neck, a tail with bushy dense hair, narrow back, big eyes with sharp sight, sturdy shoulders, broad forehead and chest. Considered beautiful and poetically divine, this horse had balanced muscular body with an extremely attractive appearance, blessed with flying legs. Western India has three breeds of horses – Marwari, Sindhi and Kathiawari. Chetak is claimed to be of Marwari breed. Being Marwari , Chetak is assumed to be a small horse, ranging anything between 14.2 to15.2 hands high. In addition, his body was slender like the desert breeds. He had an expressive high forehead with long face and prominent sparkling eyes. Chetak’s most distinctive feature was his beautiful curved and curled ears, the apex of which met when the ears pointed forward. Then came his neck, like that of a Mayura Greeva. Chetak’s chest was broad like a standard Marwari horse. 

Marwari horses are recognized for their astounding beauty, and has now become a dignified animal for their owner. Today, these horses find their way into homes and farms for the people of India, and is progressively being used in horse shows and equestrian sports by its owners.The Marwari desert horse continues to be the preferred animal across India because of its inherent hot-blood and smooth gait. The Marwari horse has attained great commercial value, and therefore, many reputed breeders are breeding an admirable stock across India. Chetak is described as possessing a rare, acute intelligence, sobriety and courage coupled with  bayard faithfulness to his master. Maharana Pratap were living thalamus owner, Maharana Pratap was born on 9th May 1540 in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. His father was Maharana Udai Singh II and his mother was Rani Jeevant Kanwar. Maharana Udai Singh II ruled the kingdom of Mewar, with his capital at Chittor. 

Maharana Pratap was the eldest of twenty-five sons and hence given the title of Crown Prince. He was destined to be the 54th ruler of Mewar, in the line of the Sisodiya Rajputs. During Maharana Pratap Singh’s time, Akbar was the Mughal Ruler in Delhi. His policy was to make use of the strength of Hindu kings to bring other Hindu Kings under his control. Many Rajput kings, abandoning their glorious traditions and fighting spirit, sent their daughters and daughters-in-law to the harem of Akbar with the purpose of gaining rewards and honour from Akbar. Uday Singh appointed before his death, Jagammal, the son of his youngest wife as his heir although Pratap Singh was elder to Jagammal but he was ready to give up his rights like Prabhu Ramchandra and go away from Mewar but the chieftains did not at all agree with their king’s decision. A 25 kg weight sword was used by Rana Pratap. Rana Pratap use to carry two swords with him always. Before any fight he used to offer one sword to his opponent if he is not armed. The 2nd sword was to intimidate the enemy. Rana Pratap is known for his ability to be a weight lifter. And fighting with 2×25 Kg swords was a piece of cake for him. His height was around 7.5 feet and had a broad look.  Besides they were of the opinion that Jagammal did not possess qualities like courage and self-respect which were essential in a leader and king. Hence it was collectively decided that Jagammal would have to sacrifice the throne. Maharana Pratap Singh too gave due respect to the wish of the chieftains and the people and accepted the responsibility of leading the people of Mewar. The battle of Haldighat is considered to be the first Major breakthrough of Rajputs against the Mughals since the Second Battle of Khanwa in 1527, which was fought between Rana Sanga grandfather of Maharana Pratap, and the Mughal Babur grandfather of Akbar. It is regarded with a degree of significance by many Rajput families. Maharana Pratap died of injuries sustained in a hunting accident. He died at Chavand, which served as his capital,on 29 January 1597, aged fifty-seven.


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