Rana Uday Singh 2nd Short Biography

Rana Uday Singh 2nd 

Udai Singh II (4 August 1522 – 28 February 1572) was the Maharana of Mewar and the author of the megacity of Udaipur in the present day Rajasthan state of India. He was the 53rd sovereign of the Mewar dynasty. He was the fourth son of Maharana Sangram Singh (Rana Sanga) and Rani Karnavati, a queen of Bundi.

Udai Singh was born in Chittor. In August 1522, after the death of his father, Rana Sanga, Ratan Singh II was corronated as the new king. Ratan Singh II was assassinated in 1531. He was succeeded by his family Maharana Vikramaditya Singh. During the reign of Vikramaditya, when the Turkic Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah sacked Chittor in 1534, Udai Singh was transferred to Bundi for safety. In 1537, Banbir killed Vikramaditya and commandeered the throne. He tried to kill Udai Singh also, but Udai’s nanny Panna Dai offered her own son Chandan to save him from his uncle Banbir and took him to Kumbhalgarh. She didn’t ask for anything in return moreover. She started living in Bundi and didn’t allow Udai Singh to come and meet her. He lived in secret in Kumbhalgarh for two times, disguised as a whoreson of the governor Asha Shah Depura (Maheshwari).
In 1540, he was culminated in Kumbhalgarh by the patricians of Mewar. His eldest son Maharana Pratap from his first woman, Maharani Jaivantabai Songara ( son of Akhey Raj Songara of Jalore), was born in the same time. He’d twenty two women and over 56 sons and 22 daughters. His alternate woman, Sajjabai Solankini gave birth to his son Shakti, Sagar Singh and Vikram Dev. Dheerbai Bhattiyani was his favourite woman and was the mama of his son Jagmal Singh and daughters Chand Kanwar and Maan Kanwar. His fourth woman was Rani Veerbai Jhaala son of Rana Jaith Singh of Kherwa.

In 1562, he gave retreat to Baz Bahadur of Malwa. Using this as a rationale, Akbar attacked Mewar in October 1563. On 23 October 1567 Akbar formed his camp near Chittor. According to Kaviraj Shyamaldas, Udai Singh called a council of war. The patricians advised him to take retreat along with the tycoons in the hills, leaving a garrison at Chittor. Udai Singh retired to Gogunda (which latterly came his temporary capital) leaving Chittor in the hands of his pious chieftains Rao Jaimal and Patta. Akbar captured Chittor after a time-long siege on 25 February 1568. He latterly shifted his capital to Udaipur. He failed in 1572 in Gogunda. Before his death, Jagmal tried to seize the throne but the patricians of Mewar averted Jagmal from succeeding and placed Maharana Pratap Singh on the throne on 1 march 1572.

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