18/21June - 1576
between #Mughal #army
Singh took place.
was a battle fought on 18/21 June 1576 between #cavalry
supporting the Rana of #Mewar
; and the Mughal #emperor #Akbar
's forces, led by #ManSingh
I of #Amber
. The Mughals were the victors and inflicted significant casualties among the Mewaris but failed to capture Pratap, who escaped.The grim Siege of #Chittorgarh
in 1568 had led to the loss of the fertile eastern belt of Mewar to the Mughals. However, the rest of the wooded and hilly kingdom was still under the control of the Rana. Akbar was intent on securing a stable route to #Gujarat
through Mewar; when Pratap Singh was crowned king (Rana) in 1572, Akbar sent a number of envoys entreating the Rana to become a vassal like many other #Rajput
leaders in the region. When the Rana refused to personally submit to Akbar, war became inevitable.The site of the battle was a narrow mountain pass at Haldighati near Gogunda in #Rajasthan
. Maharana Pratap fielded a force of around 3,000 cavalry and 400 Bhil archers. The Mughals were led by Raja Man Singh of Amber, who commanded an army numbering around 5,000–10,000 men. After a fierce battle lasting more than three hours, Pratap found himself wounded and the day lost. While a few of his men bought him time, he managed to make an escape to the hills and lived to fight another day. The casualties for Mewar numbered around 1,600 men. The Mughal army lost 150 men, with another 350 wounded.The Battle of Haldighati was a futile #victory
for the Mughals, as they were unable to oust Maharana Pratap. While they were able to capture Gogunda and nearby areas, they were unable to hold onto them for long. As soon as the empire's focus shifted elsewhere, Pratap and his army came out of hiding and recaptured the western regions of his dominion.