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Bhamashah was a remarkable character of Indian history who gave his whole wealth to Maharana Pratap, the ruler of Mewar, to fight Mughal Emperor Akbar. He set up an example of love and sacrifice for the country of highest order.
After battle of Haldighati Maharana Pratap had no resources at all to carry on the fight. Seth Bhamashah then offered his whole wealth i.e more than 100 core Rs in that time to Maharana. With this help Maharana could organise an army and carried on the fight to preserve the independence.
He was a kshatriya jain and had utmost faith in in Adinath Bhagwan First Tirthankar of Jain Community. He was the wealthiest man of that time. Bhamashah was born in 1547 and belonged to Kavdia gotra in the Oswal Jain community, a business community.His father Bharmal was qiledar of Ranthambore fort appointed by Rana Sanga and was later prime minister under Maharana Udai Singh.
Bhamashah was chief and prime minister under Maharana Udai Singh and Maharana Pratap. He along with his younger brother Tarachand fought in several battles for Mewar. Bhamashah died in 1600.
There is a memorial in Udaipur in honour of the great patriot.
A series of books written on the history of Rajasthan (incl. Mevaar, Marvaad) by the great author late shri Harilal Upadhyay. He wrote one entire book on this great patriot.
Descendants of BhamaShah Kavdia also served as prime ministers of the Maharanas of Udaipur for a few generations. His descendants still live in Udaipur.
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