Bollywood is gearing up to witness the most awaited release of the year. Ever since the making of the film 'Padmavati' was announced, it has become the talk of the town. The cast, trailer, costumes, effects and set up everything is so on point that we can't wait to watch it. A glimpse of various characters has already been shown in the trailer.
We have seen Deepika's look as Rani Padmini aka Padmavati and words fail to describe how stunning she looks. But, what lies ahead is the unheard story of the actual character. There have been various historical facts that are still under the covers. I'm sure everyone would want to know them. So, here we bring to you some of the unknown facts about this Queen who made Alauddin Khalji the Sultan of Delhi go mad for her.
A poem named Padmavat was written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, almost after 200 years of ruler Khalji's death in 1316. This is the first evidence of Rani Padmavati's existence and her mention in historical works. It is also said that she wasn't a real character and is all an imagination of the poet.
The poem Padmavat begins with the mention of places like Simhala-dvipa where the Princess lived before her marriage. Simhala (Sinhala)-dvipa falls in the Ceylon of yesteryears and present-day Sri Lanka.
Read further to know the story behind her marriage.
It is said that King Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar participated in Padmavati's swayamvar and won her. But, how can a love story start or end without a twist?
Read the twist in the next slide.
It is believed that there was a brave condition to win Padmavati during the swayamvar. The condition was to defeat a fighter and it turned out that Padmavati itself was that fighter. Rana Rawal Ratan Singh defeated her and eventually they married each other.
You'll be shocked to know that the king got to know about Padmavati's beauty by her talking parrot and what happened next is...
The parrot named as Hari-mani narrated about Padmavati's beauty to the King of Chittor, Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, who later became her husband.
Do you know about the wizard serving in Rana Rawal's courtroom who cheated the King?
Soon, it turned out that Raghav Chaitanya was a wizard and had special powers. After the King acknowledged this fact, Raghav was banished and insulted. To avenge the insult, he joined hands with the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khalji.
Read further to know what happened next.
When nothing worked in Khalji's favour for capturing the throne, Raghav lured him by using Padmavati's beauty as a weapon. After this incident, Khalji decided to attack the fort of Chittorgarh. But, before that, he had to confirm all the facts. So, he decided to meet Padmavati. And this is how he met the Queen.
Aware of the intentions of Khalji, Padmavati sensed danger and requested the voracious ruler to only see her reflection. However, Khalji fell head over heels for her.
Read further to know how Khalji tricked the King of Chittor.
After the incident mentioned above, Ratan Singh was invited by Khalji, and he captured him. In return, he asked Padmavati to surrender before him. But, for saving the life of her husband and other men, Padmavati sent 700 troops. Eventually, everyone died, and a battle was announced to capture the fort.
A fierce battle took place at the fort of Chittor and Rana was killed during the battle. After hearing this, all the women of the fort performed 'Jauhar' or self-immolation and sacrificed their lives.
That's all, folks!
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