Most of us came to know about Rani Padmavati after Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s magnum opus Padmavat. The controversies surrounding the movie, right from its shooting to its release, also added to our curiosity and made us dig around to know the story of this legendary queen. While some of our questions were answered after watching the movie, a lot of it still remains a mystery. From facts to fiction, how much do we really know about the bygone queen of the Mewar kingdom? And did she really even exist?
Let’s find out below!
Did she exist?
One of the best known works of Awadhi literature is Padmavat. It was written by the celebrated Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi and is believed to have been written in the year 1540 AD. It is this piece of fiction which talks most extensively about Rani Padmavati. It is also this text which is the base and inspiration for the movie Padmavat. However, historians are divided on their beliefs about whether there are any historic evidences that point to the verity of the existence of this queen apart from fictionalized works by renowned poets. While some historians who have done the study of the history of the Rajputana while the Delhi Sultanate existed, claim that there is no proof to confirm the existence of Padmini; there are other historians who claim that the amplitude of literature written around her, is itself proof enough that she existed.
Not of Indian Origin
The popular belief is that Rani Padmavati was not an Indian but a Sri Lankan woman. She is said to have been the princess of Singhal kingdom which was in Sri Lanka. The beliefs are divided here as well, because some believe that she was born near Bikaner.
Not just a beautiful face
Rani Padmavati was not only extremely beautiful, but was also a a well-trained & brave warrior who was brought up with education in war strategies and skills for battleship.
Raja Ratan Singh won her heart through a conquest
A swayamvar was organized by Rani Padmavati’s father in order to choose a suitable groom for her. It is said that Raja Ratan Singh won her heart by winning a conquest. This conquest was that whoever was able to defeat the designated fighter would win the queen’s hand in marriage. However, no one knew that it was Padmavati herself disguised as the fighter. When she fought against King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor, she lost and duly married him.
She had a pet talking parrot
As a princess, Rani Padmavati had a pet talking parrot named Hira-Mani. The parrot escaped from her palace when her father ordered it to be killed. Through a twist of luck it came to be in Raja Ratan’s court. It was through this parrot that he came to know of Padmavati’s beauty and set out to win her over.
How many of these facts about the legendary queen were you aware of? Do you know more of such trivia around her? Let us know in the comments!