The epic story of Padmavati is continuous is in media. But did you know how rani Padmavati fall in love with Raja Ratansen? Here we are sharing the love story of Rani Padmavati and Raja Ratansen that finally turns into a love marriage.
The history of Rajputana
- Starting from Mewar and spreading to Amer, Ajmer and Chittoor, the remnants of Rajputana- the Land of Rajputs, can still give you goosebumps. The magnificent forts, and historical battles and mystifying love sagas, are something to be deeply treasured until the end of time.
- Growing up, we all read and learned about several valiant tales of Rajputana- their battles, sacrifices, treaties, and fierce perspectives. Along with these, there are certain secrets kept well-intact within the walls of Rajputana forts, dungeons and tunnels.
- Chittorgarh Fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit, loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power. The palace shrieks of the agonizing tale of its heroic Queen Padmavati (or fondly called Padmini).
Even though there are hardly any textual references that support the existence of Queen Padmini, either in Hinduism or in Rajput tribe, yet a well-known folklore composed by Awadhi artist named Malik Muhammad Jayasi indicates something else.
In Malik Muhammad Jayas’s poem. Not all royals had their memoirs written and so it is assumed that the era of Chittor too, may have gone without any written remembrance. However, 230-years later after Alauddin Khilji, took over the Chittorgarh, the poem surfaced, singing the praises and great mention of Queen Padmini’s bravery.
Rani Padmini’s swayamvar
Born in the Sinhala Kingdom to King Gandharvsena and his chief consort Champavati, princess Padmavati was brought up with education in war strategies and skills for the battleship. At the time of her marriage, a swayamvar was organised, which saw many Kings and Princes claiming their hand over her rightful ownership, but it wasn’t an ordinary Swayamvar.
There was one condition set out by Princess Padmini, herself; whosoever defeated the designated fighter in the sword battle, could marry her. No one knew the fact that it was Princess Padmini herself in the disguise of the designated fighter.
Rani Padmavati and Ratansen
She fought and lost to King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor, who she duly married as per her condition. While his gallant and loyalty to his kingdom were undoubted, his love and passion for arts were unmatched.