A commemorative postage stamp on the 400th Death Anniversary of Rana Pratap Singh I, Rajput king of Mewar, fought against Mughal king Akbar :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 19, 1998
Issued for : The Department of Posts is issuing this special commemorative postage stamp to mark the conclusion of 400th death anniversary of the great Rajput warrior Maharana Pratap.
Stamp : Based on material supplied by sponsor.
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in reels 47 cms width
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Maharana Pratap Singh Sisodiya
Born on May 9, 1540 at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
Died on Jan 19, 1597 at Chavand, Rajasthan, India
- Maharana Pratap was born on the 9th May 1540 A.D. On his father’s death he succeeded to the throne of Mewar on the 28th February 1572 A.D.
- Maharana Pratap valued liberty and decided to face the challenge of Emperor Akbar the great Mughul ruler who had already captured Chittor and was on his way to crush Mewar. Maharana Pratap motivated his men and in the finest traditions of Rajput chivalry decided to meet the forces of Emperor Akbar with courage and valour. During the fierce battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap and his courageous soldiers fought valiantly. Being heavily outnumbered he ultimately left the field saving himself from being captured. He later continued his struggle against the Mughals and several attempts by the Mughals to crush Maharana Pratap were foiled, resulting in hardship to the invaders. Such deeds of valour and superhuman courage made Maharana Pratap a legend among the tales of Rajput chivalry and this legend still survives.
- Maharana Pratap was a leader who preferred a life of struggle rather than sacrificing his ideals of freedom and self-respect. He was a great warrior devoted to noble causes and he will be remembered as the most shining example of courage and valour epitomizing in himself the highest traditions of Rajput chivalry. Maharana Pratap passed away on 19th January 1597 A.D.