Rani Padmini or Rani Padmavati is immortalized by numbers of poets since centuries for her bravery. Rani Padmini finds mention in many text books including RC Majumdar’s volume on the Delhi Sultanate and Pandit Nehru’s Discovery of India.
As per the historical story from various sources, if we want to describe Rani Padmavati in brief then read the extract here:
As per history, Padmavati was extremely boundless beautiful princess of Singhal Kingdom. Ranput ruler of Chittor, Ratan Sen heard about Padmavati’s beauty from a talking parrot. So after courageous search, Ratan Sen finally married Padmavati.
Rani Padmavati, Ratan Sen and Alaudin Khilji-
King Ratan Sen kicked out his disloyal musician Raghav Chetan for using his evil talents. Then Raghav Chetan was living in a dense forest where he met Sultan of Delhi, Alaudin Khilji. One day on hearing the Sultan’s hunt party entering the forest, Raghav-Chetan started playing a melodious tone on his flute. When the alluring notes of Raghav-Chetan flute reached the Sultan’s party they were surprised as to who could be playing a flute in such a masterly way in a forest.
Then Khilji ordered to brought before him. Khilji asked them to come in his court in Delhi. Then Raghav Chetan asked him why he wants to have an ordinary musician like himself when there were many other beautiful objects to be had.
So from Raghav Chetan’s question, Alaudin asked him to clarify their meaning. So they told about Rani Padmavati’s unmatched beauty. Khilji immediately returned to Delhi and ordered his army to march on Chittor.
At Chittor, Khilji found the fort to be hard to defend, he sent message to Ratan Sen that he looked upon Padmini as his sister and wanted to meet her. On hearing this, the innocent Ratansen asked Padmini to see the ‘brother’.
But Rani Padmini was wiser and she refused to meet the lustful Sultan personally. Then to respect her husband, Rani Pdmavati agreed to allow Alaudin to see her only in a mirror. After seeing Padmavati, Khilji was mesmerized with the beauty of her.
Then Ratan Sen accompanied Khilji on his way back, so taking the opportunity, Khilji kidnapped Ratan Sen. Alaudin Khilji demanded that Padmavati to come and surrender herself if she want to see her husband alive.
But with some wise people, Rajput generals could manage to free their king Ratan Sen and so Khilji went frustrated. Khilji and his army tried hard and then they cordoned the fort of Chittor. Finally, King Ratan Sen ordered to open the gates and to finish the matter with fight.
Rani Padmini heard about this and she knew that Ratan Sen would get perish against Sultan due to unequal fight. So she and other women of Chittor decided to do Jauhar.
What is Jauhar? –
A huge fire was lit and after Queen Padmavati, all women of Chittor jumped into the flames so that they did not need to surrender themselves to the lustful enemy.
What is an era of Rani Padmini? –
Most people believe that Padmini commit Jouhar was taken place in 1303. But some also quotes that it could be 1290.
Rani Padmavati was basically from-
As per some historical data, Rani Padmavati was princess of Sinhaldeep ne Sri Lanka ne Ceylon. But Some accept her existence to her origin point in Chittor or Bikaner or Jaisalmer.
Where did Rani Padmavati Commit Jauhar? –
As per Archeological survey of India reference, Chittor Fort witnessed three jouhars. The first jouhar was performed by Rani Padmini. History refers the fort as Rani Padmini Palace where reportedly Khilji saw her in a mirror.
The tunnel she used to go to a stepwell for a bath as also the chamber she used to commit Jauhar are earmarked.
Was Alaudin Khilji Gay? –
It is said that Khilji fell for Malik Kafur, one of his generals whom he castrated and made a eunuch, or he was a eunuch slave who rose to become his general because of his multiple skills.
What has happened to the controversy over the film Padmavati 2017? –
Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was shooting in Jaipur where Karni Sena stopped him and there was a big controversy. As per latest reports, Bhansali has assured not to show any love making scenes between Padmini and Khilji.
Note- Here, to share this story, our only intention is to share some information about Rani Padmavati. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s emotions. the story we have described here is taken from various references.
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