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Mokal Singh

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Mokal or Mokal Singh (15th century), was the Maharana of Mewar Kingdom. Henry Soszynski dates his reign to r. 1421–1433, and his lifespan to c. 1409 – c. 1433.[1] S. Devadas Pillai dates his reign to 1397–1433.[2]

Mokal Singh
46th Maharana of Mewar
Reign1421–1433
PredecessorLakha Singh
SuccessorRana Kumbha
Born1409
Died1433 (aged 23–24)
IssueKumbha Singh
HouseSisodia Rajput
FatherLakha Singh
MotherHansa Bai
Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar II
(1326–1884)
Hammir Singh (1326–1364)
Kshetra Singh (1364–1382)
Lakha Singh (1382–1421)
Mokal Singh (1421–1433)
Rana Kumbha (1433–1468)
Udai Singh I (1468–1473)
Rana Raimal (1473–1508)
Rana Sanga (1508–1527)
Ratan Singh II (1528–1531)
Vikramaditya Singh (1531–1536)
Vanvir Singh (1536–1540)
Udai Singh II (1540–1572)
Pratap Singh I (1572–1597)
Amar Singh I (1597–1620)
Karan Singh II (1620–1628)
Jagat Singh I (1628–1652)
Raj Singh I (1652–1680)
Jai Singh (1680–1698)
Amar Singh II (1698–1710)
Sangram Singh II (1710–1734)
Jagat Singh II (1734–1751)
Pratap Singh II (1751–1754)
Raj Singh II (1754–1762)
Ari Singh II (1762–1772)
Hamir Singh II (1772–1778)
Bhim Singh (1778–1828)
Jawan Singh (1828–1838)
Sardar Singh (1828–1842)
Swarup Singh (1842–1861)
Shambhu Singh (1861–1874)
Sajjan Singh (1874–1884)
Fateh Singh (1884–1930)
Bhupal Singh (1930—1955)

He was a son of Mahanara Lakha Singh. Maharana Mokal was a great builder, a trait which he had inherited from his father. He created various buildings along with completing those commenced by his Lakha.[citation needed]

BackgroundEdit

Mokal was a younger son of Lakha Singh and was born of his wife Hansa Bai, a princess of Mandore. His mother was not originally betrothed to his father, but rather to Lakha's eldest son Prince Chunda. When the delegation from Mandore had arrived in Chittor to officialise the betrothal, Chunda was away from court. The aging Lakha jested with the delegation, remarking that the proposal was obviously not meant for a "greybeard" like him. When Chunda later learnt of the comment, the proud prince refused the marriage, for he could not accept a proposal which his father, though in jest, had publicly declined. The old Maharana, failing to change his son's mind and fearful of offending Hansa Bai's powerful family, was forced to marry the princess himself. In return, Chunda was required to give up his position as heir to the throne in favour of the eldest son born by Hansa Bai.[3]

ReignEdit

Maharana Lakha, the 45th Maharana of Mewar died in war, leaving young Mokal as his successor. Being a minor, his eldest brother Chunda began to look after the state of affairs as promised to Rana Lakha. But Mokal’s mother Hansa Bai disapproved of the influence that Chunda had over the nobles of Mewar. She questioned his integrity and doubted his intentions. Her resentment made Chunda leave Chittor and retire to Mandu, capital of Malwa. Rani Hansa Bai attained help from her brother Ranmal to administer the state of affairs on behalf of Mokal until he reached his majority.[citation needed]

Maharana Mokal had a brief stint as the ruler of Mewar, but rose to fame as the most celebrated warrior of his race. He defeated Nagour, Gujarat and repelled an invasion by the Delhi Sulatanate (Sayyid dynasty). But most importantly, he completed palaces that were commenced by his father Maharan Lakha and conspired to build more aesthetic structures. His assassination by his paternal uncles, Chacha and Mera, in 1433 brought an end to a great Maharana in the making at the young age of 24.[citation needed]

Rana Kumbha who was only 13 years old at the time of Mokal’s death, ascended the throne at a crucial juncture in the history of Mewar. The young Kumbha may have had the most unfavourable situation after his father’s untimely death, but the valour and vision of his father, Maharana Mokal, inspired him to emerge as one of Mewar's greatest rulers.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UDAIPUR
  2. ^ S. Devadas Pillai (1997). Indian Sociology Through Ghurye, a Dictionary. Popular. p. 259. ISBN 9788171548071.
  3. ^ Hooja, Rima (2006). A history of Rajasthan. p. 335.

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Mokal Singh
Born: 1409 Died: 1433
Preceded by
Rana Lakha
Rajput Ruler of Mewar
1421–1433
Succeeded by
Rana Kumbha