Siege of Chittorgarh
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Siege of Chittorgarh. In October 1567, the Mughal forces of approximately 5,000 men led by Akbar surrounded and besieged 8,000 Rajputs in Chittorgarh Fort. Within a few months, Akbar's ranks expanded to over 70,000 men and possibly more than 80,000 troops during the late phases of the siege, which ended in a decisive victory of the Mughals.
|Siege of Chittorgarh|
|Part of Mughal-Hindu Rajput War (1558-1578)|
The Mughal Emperor Akbar shoot a Rajput leader Rao Jaimal, using a matchlock.
|Mughal Empire||Rajputs of Chittorgarh Fort|
|Commanders and leaders|
Khwaja Abdul Majid
Rana Jai Singh(KIA)
Rawat Patta Singh Sisodia(KIA)
95 swivel guns
5,000 war elephants
|Casualties and losses|
||8,000 Rajputs 30,000 civilians inside the fort|
The fortress of Chittorgarh finally fell on 23 February 1568 after a siege of four months when it was stormed by the Mughal forces. The siege "would have lasted longer had not Akbar killed Jaimal, the Rajput commander by a well-aimed musket shot. The garrison then gave up all hope and women immolated themselves by the rite of jauhar." About 25,000 people who had helped the resistance were massacred.
Akbar then ordered the heads of his enemies to be displayed upon towers erected throughout the region, in order to demonstrate his authority and his victory over the Chittorgarh.