Rana Raimal (r. 1473–1509) was a Rajput ruler of Mewar. Maharana Raimal was the son of Rana Kumbha. He came to power by defeating his patricide predecessor, Udai Singh I in battles at Jawar, Darimpur and Pangarh. Early in Raimal's reign, Ghiyas Shah of Malwa attacked Chittor unsuccessfully. Soon after, Ghiyas Shah's general, Zafar Khan attacked Mewar and was defeated at Mandalgarh and Khairabad. By marrying Sringardevi (daughter of Rao Jodha), Raimal ended the conflict with the Rathores. During Raimals' reign, Raisingh Toda and Ajmer were recaptured. Raimal also strengthened the state of Mewar and repaired the temple of Eklingji in Chittor. The last years of Raimal's rule were marked by conflict between his sons with Prince Sanga (later Rana Sanga) having to flee Chittor. The sons, Prithviraj and Jaimal were both killed. At this difficult juncture, the Rana was informed that Sanga was still alive and in hiding. Raimal summoned Sanga back to Chittor and died soon afterwards.[1]

Rana Raimal
Rana of Mewar
PredecessorUdai Singh I
SuccessorRana Sanga
SpouseSringardevi and Ratanbai jhali of Halwad
IssueRana Sanga
FatherRana Kumbha
Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar II
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)

Ascent to the throneEdit

Raimal was not the heir-apparent, he was younger to Udai Singh I. But as fate would have it, Udai Singh I killed his father, the legendary Rana Kumbha, while he was praying to Lord Eklingji (Shiva) and ruled for five years. He was a weak ruler and under his reign Mewar lost Abu and Ajmer, both states were made independent by the weak ruler of Mewar. After being defeated by his brother Raimal, he fled to Malwa in order to please the Sultan, however Udai Singh was struck by lightning and died on the spot. The Sultan promised help to Udai's sons Surajmal and Sahasmal in exchange for their fealty.[citation needed]

Raimal fights the sultan and his nephewsEdit

Sultan of Malwa, Ghiyath Shah fought against Rana Raimal of Mewar, allying with Surajmal & Sahasmal (sons of Udai Singh I) in which Sultan was defeated. Surajmall survived and was pardoned by Rana Raimal.

After defeating the Sultan, Rana Raimal caused much disruption in Malwa. Raimal also defeated an army under Ghiyat Shahs general Zaffar khan sent to avenge sultan's previous defeat. He also defeated Ghiyat Shahs successor, Nasir Shah in 1503-04,who had a particularly ineffective venture in Mewar[2]

Fight at SadriEdit

Surajmall and Raimal's armies met at Sadri, a town that Surajmall had captured. Raimal's son Prithviraj joined his father at a crucial time in the war and directly attacked his uncle Surajmall. Their conversation in the evening after day's war was epic, representing the true character of a Rajput warrior. Many such skirmishes occurred till Surajmall finally left mewar and settled at Pratapgarh where his descendants still flourish and keep up the name of Sisodia clan. Prithviraj was later killed by poisoning by the Abu Deora chief and thus made way for Sanga's return when Jaimal died.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sharma, Dasharatha (1970). "Lectures on Rajput History and Culture". pp 79-84. Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi.
  2. ^ Day, Upendra Nath. "Medieval Malwa: A Political and Cultural History, 1401-1562". Delhi University, History Department. p. 257.
Rana Raimal
Born: 1473 Died: 1508
Preceded by
Udai Singh I
Sisodia Rajput Ruler
Succeeded by
Rana Sanga