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Explore the Udaipur City Palace Museum

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Udaipur City Palace Museum Pratap Gallery
Explore the Udaipur City Palace Museum

Original armor of Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak.

Sharell Cook

Inside the Rajya Angan (royal courtyard) of the Udaipur City Palace Complex is a gallery devoted to the legendary warrior Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak.

The gallery displays the original armor and weapons used by Maharana Pratap and Chetak during the great battle of Haldighati in 1576, between the Rajputs and Mughals.

What's particularly fascinating is the elephant-like trunk worn by the horse. It served to disguise the horse as an elephant, to help avoid malicious attacks from other sword wielding elephants during the battle. Incredibly, elephants fought by holding mardana swords in their their trunks and slashing the enemy with them.

It was a wound from one of these swords that unfortunately killed Chetak, during the battle of Haldighati. Legend has it that the horse reared up high and planted its hooves on the forehead of Imperial Mughal Commander Man Singh's elephant, while Maharana Pratap courageously attempted to slay him with a lance. Man Singh managed to duck, and the blow killed the mahout (elephant driver) instead. The horse was critically wounded in the melee that followed.

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