1. Who was Padmavati?
According to the famous poem “Padmavat” (1540 AD) composed by an Avadhi poet ‘Malik Muhammad Jayasi’, ‘Padmavati’ also known as ‘Padmini’ was the Princess of the Singhal Kingdom before she got married to ‘Ratan Singh’, the Rajput of Chittorgarh.
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2. Hiraman: Her talking parrot.
Rani Padmini’s talking parrot ‘Hiraman’ used to praise the Princess’s beauty a lot. Mesmerised by the parrot’s account of Padmini, King ‘Ratan Singh’ decided on marrying the beautiful princess.
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3. The Sri Lankan Connect.
The poem suggests that she was the princess of the Singhal kingdom which lies in present day Sri Lanka. The poet Avadhi states that ‘Padmavati’ was the most beautiful woman present.
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4. The King had to win Padmavati.
Winning Padmini wasn’t an easy task. King Rana himself had gone to the Singhal Kingdom to participate in the Swayamvar of Princess Padmavati. The one who would defeat the warrior would marry the princess. Padmavati herself got down on the field to fight with King Ratan and was defeated. She was then married to Rana Ratan Singh.
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5. Reasons why Alauddin Khilji attacked Chittorgarh.
Rani Padmavati wasn’t the only reason why Alauddin Khilji had attacked Chittorgarh. His aim was also to acquire the 5 ratnas; The Singing Swan, A Gem with Nectar, The Stone Paras, The Hunter Shardul and The Royal Bird Lagna.
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6. The Chronicle of Deception.
Raghav Chetan, the deft artist was one of the most talented people of the kingdom. He happened to be the sorcerer and used to practise black magic for his own good. Having caught by The King, Raghav was removed from the palace. To take his revenge, Raghav went to Delhi and told Khilji about Padmini’s beauty.
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7. Rani Padmavati’s Jauhar.
In order to acquire Padmavati, King Ratan was seized and defeated by Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padmavati, along with other Rajput women, jumped into the Jauhar Kund, honouring Rajput men.
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