The 481st jayanti of Maharana Pratap is being celebrated across India but Rajasthan, the land of Maharana Pratap will actually also celebrate the the anniversary on 13th June 2021.
Why Rajasthan will celebrate Maharana Pratap Jayanti on 13 June also?
The rest of India celebrates Pratap Jayanti based on English (Gregorian) Calendar, according to which his birthday falls on 9 May. But Rajasthan, as per tradition, celebrates his birthday based Vikram Samvat calendar, according to which Maharana Pratap’s birthday falls on the third day of the Jyeshtha Shukla.
Hence, Just as the dates of Ramnavami and other Hindu festivals change every year, the day of Maharana Pratap’s birth anniversary also changes every year w.r.t gregorian calendar and this year it will be celebrated on 13th June. Additionally, his birth anniversary is a public holiday in Rajasthan.
Interesting Facts about Maharana Pratap’s Date of Birth:
- The oldest reference of Pratap’s birth date was found in a book Akbar Nama by Abul Fazal penned around 1580 AD. He mentioned the birth date of Pratap in Hijri Calender.
- The first reference in Vikram Samvat can be traced in the book Rawal Rana Baat authored by a Charan poet 1710 AD.
- The English date was first calculated by British historian James Tod in his book Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan in the late eighteenth century.
Reasons behind Celebrating Maharana Pratap Jayanti on 9th May ?
- According to the ‘Haldighati Museum’, in the year 1540, the third day of the Jyeshtha Shukla was on May 9, so in the English calendar, his date of birth was fixed as 9th May.