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Kallaji Rathore: Thousands wear Saffron safa, celebrating this war hero who fought Akbar with ‘four hands’ and ‘four swords’…!

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Kallaji Rathore fought against Mughal ruler Akbar bravely when the Mughal king attacked Chittor. Leaving his newly wed wife at home, he left for the battlefield and took prince Jaimal on his shoulder when he was injured. Eventually, Akbar was surprised to see God like four hands rotating four swords in air. Manish Kumawat from Nimbahera highlights the celebrations made on his birth anniversary to remember the great warrior…

Thousands of youths dance, sing and remember their hero Kallaji Rathore on his birth anniversary in Rajasthan and pay respect to him as he sacrificed his life fighting for his country against the Mughal emperor Akbar.

A huge procession is taken out on the occasion of his birth anniversary in Nimbahera where this great man is remembered.

Youths dance in Nimbhahera in Rajasthan on birth anniversary of Kallaji Rathore

Thousands of youths ride on motobikes wearing saffron safas to instill patriotism in youths remembering Kallaji Rathore on his birth anniversary

In Rajasthan, many heroes sacrificed their lives to protect the motherland, however, this here Kallaji Rathore  is being recognised as a Lokdevta (God like figure). 

Kallaji Rathore birth anniversary

Kalla ji Rathod was a great man who was born in the Merta royal family on Ashwin Shukla 8, Vikram Samvat 1601.

His father was Asa Singh, the younger brother of Rao Jaimal of Merta. Renowned Krishna follower Mirabai was his aunt. 

Yoga, medicine, ammunition appealed this warrior

Kalla ji was interested in general education, yoga practice, medicine and arms and ammunition since his childhood. He got Yoga education from the famous Yogi Bhairavnath.

Once, the Mughal invader Akbar attacked Merta. Under the leadership of Rao Jaimal, Asa Singh and Kalla ji fought against Akbar boldly; 

However, seeing no success, Rao Jaimal along with his family came out of the siege and reached Chittor. Rana Udai Singh welcomed him and granted him the jagir of Badnore. Kalla ji was appointed as the senior warrior of the area bordering Gujarat and was given the Jagir of Randhalpur.

After some time Kalla ji was married to Krishna, the daughter of Rao Krishnadas of Shivgarh. During Dwarachar, when her mother-in-law was performing his Aarti he being the groom, he received the message from Rana Udai Singh that Akbar has attacked Chittor, and he was asked to immediately reach there with the army. Kalla ji completed the formalities and went to Chittor asking his wife to return soon.

Maharana appointed Jaimal as the commander. Akbar’s army surrounded Chittor from all sides. The Mewari heroes would attack after leaving the fort and harming the enemies and then come back to the fort. After several days of struggle, when the number of Kshatriya heroes remained very less, the commander Jaimal decided that the time had come for the last struggle. He instructed all soldiers to wear saffron bana.

The meaning of this message was clear. On the night of 23 February 1568, all the Kshatriyas present in the fort of Chittor committed Jauhar and the next day on 24 February, Mewari Veer opened the gates of the fort and attacked the Mughal army. A fierce battle ensued.

Rathod Jaimal got shot in the leg. He wanted to fight but was unable to stand up. Seeing this, Kalla ji gave Jaimal a sword in both hands and made him sit on his shoulder. After this Kalla ji also took swords in both his hands.

The four swords began to move at lightning speed. The earth was covered with Mughal corpses. When Akbar saw this, he felt that some god with two heads and four hands was fighting. Both of them were badly injured in the battle. Kalla ji tried to cure Jaimal by getting him down; But at the same time, an enemy soldier attacked from behind and beheaded him. Even after beheading, his torso continued to fight for a long time.

Today, he is remembered in Rajasthan and a huge procession is taken out where youths tie saffron safa and dance and sing remembering the young hero who inspired millions to fight for the honour of the motherland. 

Kallaji Rathore: A man who fought for his motherland is now a ‘God’ like figure in Raj

Kallaji Rathore: Thousands wear Saffron safa, celebrating this war hero who fought Akbar with 'four hands' and 'four swords'...!

Kallaji Rathore fought against Akbar bravely when the Mughal king attacked Chittor. Leaving his newly wed life at home, he left for the battlefield and took prince Jaimal on his shoulder when he was injured. 

Eventually, Akbar was surprised to see God like four hands rotating four swords in air.

Thousands of youths dance, sing and remember their hero Kallaji Rathore who sacrificed his life fighting for his country against the Mughal emperor Akbar.

A huge procession is taken out on the occasion of his birth anniversary in Nimbahera where this great man is remembered.

In Rajasthan, many heroes sacrificed their lives to protect the motherland, however, this here Kallaji Rathore  is being recognised as a Lokdevta (God like figure). 

Kallaji Rathore birth

Kalla ji Rathod was a great man who was born in the Merta royal family on Ashwin Shukla 8, Vikram Samvat 1601.

His father was Asa Singh, the younger brother of Rao Jaimal of Merta. Renowned Krishna follower Mirabai was his aunt. 

Yoga, medicine, ammunition appealed this warrior

Kalla ji was interested in general education, yoga practice, medicine and arms and ammunition since his childhood. He got Yoga education from the famous Yogi Bhairavnath.

Once, the Mughal invader Akbar attacked Merta. Under the leadership of Rao Jaimal, Asa Singh and Kalla ji fought against Akbar boldly; 

However, seeing no success, Rao Jaimal along with his family came out of the siege and reached Chittor. Rana Udai Singh welcomed him and granted him the jagir of Badnore. Kalla ji was appointed as the senior warrior of the area bordering Gujarat and was given the Jagir of Randhalpur.

Kallaji Rathore marriage

After some time Kalla ji was married to Krishna, the daughter of Rao Krishnadas of Shivgarh. During Dwarachar, when her mother-in-law was performing his Aarti he being the groom, he received the message from Rana Udai Singh that Akbar has attacked Chittor, and he was asked to immediately reach there with the army. Kalla ji completed the formalities and went to Chittor asking his wife to return soon.

Maharana appointed Jaimal as the commander. Akbar’s army surrounded Chittor from all sides. The Mewari heroes would attack after leaving the fort and harming the enemies and then come back to the fort. After several days of struggle, when the number of Kshatriya heroes remained very less, the commander Jaimal decided that the time had come for the last struggle. He instructed all soldiers to wear saffron bana.

Jauhar in Chittor

The meaning of this message was clear. On the night of 23 February 1568, all the Kshatriyas present in the fort of Chittor committed Jauhar and the next day on 24 February, Mewari Veer opened the gates of the fort and attacked the Mughal army. A fierce battle ensued.

Rathod Jaimal got shot in the leg. He wanted to fight but was unable to stand up. Seeing this, Kalla ji gave Jaimal a sword in both hands and made him sit on his shoulder. After this Kalla ji also took swords in both his hands.

Four swords, four hands and Kallaji Rathore was a God like hero

The four swords began to move at lightning speed. The earth was covered with Mughal corpses. When Akbar saw this, he felt that some god with two heads and four hands was fighting. Both of them were badly injured in the battle. Kalla ji tried to cure Jaimal by getting him down; But at the same time, an enemy soldier attacked from behind and beheaded him. Even after beheading, his torso continued to fight for a long time.

Today, he is remembered in Rajasthan and a huge procession is taken out where youths tie saffron safa and dance and sing remembering the young hero who inspired millions to fight for the honour of the motherland. 

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