Jay Chittod (જય ચિત્તોડ) By Late Shri Harilal Upadhyay...
|Book: જય ચિત્તોડ (Jay Chittod)
SuryaVansh/SooryaVansh; Mevad (Mewar/Mevaar/Mevar), Marvad (Marvaad), Other Areas Of Rajasthan
|| Nov 1976
||Laxmi Pustak Bhandar
Excerpts from Jay Chittod:
In this historical novel which emphasizes on Sooryavanshi (Suryavanshi) Rajput (Kshatriya) rulers,
the amazing life span of Bappa Rawal (Bapa Rawal / Bapa Raval / Bappa Raval),
the legend emperor of Chittod (Chittor / Chittaud / Chittaur / Chittodgadh / Chittorgardh / Chittaurgarh) is explored.
The reference of ancient sooryavanshi rulers (Suryavanshi) rulers I found in Puranas.
All the tales are great in itself and considered as divine and pious. All these tales
leads the society towards Dharma.
In the great tales found in
, which conveys the message of believing and following
the rules of Karma, the importance of morals and bravery. It would not be improper to say
that they are the source of inspiration for the people (generations) of
Aryavart – Bharat (India).
As the Arya – Hindu people have fought the foreign attackers (and terrorists) (including
rulers and their holy guides who believed in forcefully converting others into their own
religion) successfully and amazingly able to keep the values, morals and the culture of
the Adi (the ancient most) Sanatan (forever) Dharma. The contribution of Rajput rulers –
especially Sooryavanshi (Suryavanshi) Rajput rulers is really remarkable. Some of
them have sacrified their own lives for this stuff. In addition the social arrangements
(Varna Vyavastha – the social structure of Hindus) based on the boundaries of duty,
have also played a vital role in keeping the independence of religion (to follow) safe
(as per the Varna Vyavastha, it is the duty of Kshatriyas to rule the respective areas and
provide the people under his ruling area the peace, the justice, the happiness, the
opportunities to develop qualities and living the life with pride and honor, and to provide
them the protection by all the means).
The proud history of the powerful Rajputs, full of values like commitment, dedication and
believing in values set by ancestors, is one of the great assets of every countryman of
The self-awakened Arya people have drawn the path of the future based on this great past
Bharatiya Rajputs (Indian Rajputs) can be categorized into mainly three clans (or dynasties);
Sooryavansh (suryavans), Chandravansh and Agnivansh. They all were fought the battles, won
the lands and established their kingdoms and ruled them successfully. That's what make
them to be known as PruthveePati. The God have presented the Kshatriya king the power
and authority of ruling to protect the people and the society (in almost all the ways)
since the ancient times.
As the Kshatriya kings of Sooryavanshi (Suryavanshi) and Chandravanshi clans have ruled
for centuries. The information (found) about family lineages for both the clans are
well documented and up-to-date. As the amazing fact the information is available from
the times of AdiNarayan to Brahma and from Srushtipita (father of the universe) Brahma
to the current times. Though there is a dark period in the history for which the information
is not available. Even the time periods are there, for which the information about actual
events and historical facts are available under the mask of fantasy tales (and hence
the true details are not available for the specific time segments). We can say that
people from that period have not paid proper attention in keeping the historical
values. Which is the cause of the variations found in the some of the historical
facts and disputes are there about the authenticity of the same.
I have tried my level best to find the truth from the historical facts found in
different variations about the brave Sooryavanshi (suryavanshi) Rajput (Kshatriya)
clan in efforts to writing this
(historical) novel. By using the sense of what
could have been done and what could not (by comparing the various versions of the
same historical facts and analyzing them), the events have been wrote.
The Sooryavanshi (suryavanshi) lineage is found in this way: From the Lord AdiNaryan
(Lord AdiNaryana) to Brahma, Brahma's son Marichi, Marichi’s son was Kashyap
and Kashyap's son Vivasvan (vivaswan) Soorya (Surya) and from his onwards the
family lineage started known as Soorya Vansh (Suryavansh – Solar Dynasty). After 60
generations from Soorya (Surya) Dilip got birth. Raghu was the son of Dilip and Raghu's
son was Aj (Aja). Aja's son was Dashrath (or Dasharath) whose son was Lord Shri
Ramchandraji (Lord Shri Ram). From Lord Shri Ramchandraji to Sumitr (Sumitra),
who came after 130 generations (of Lord Shri Ram) are referenced in Puranas. The
few generations of King Sumitra have ruled the areas of Ganga and Yamuna, and then King
Kanaksen have shifted in the areas of Gujarat - Surashtra. King Kanaksen was the forth
descendent (came after four generations of ) King Sumitra.
Historians have reference king Kanaksen as the founder of
Mevad (Mewad, Mewar, Mewaar)
Chittod (Chittod, Chittaud, Chittor).
King Vijaysen who came after four generations of king Kanaksen have found the city named
and declared it as the capital of his ruling area. The time from second to
seventh generation after him was glorious for the kingdom of Vallabhipur and Sooryavanshi
(Suryavanshi – Aditya) kings. The seventh decendent of Vijaysen, Shiladitya and the kingdom
of Vallabhipur have be defeated (and destroyed) by Yavan attacker (terrorist) Noshirwan
(Noshirwaan, Noshirvan). Though his queen Pushpavati was saved from it and she got
hidden in a cave in the mountain ranges and gave birth to a prince named Gohaditya.
The decendents of Gohaditya are known as Gohilot- Gihlot Sooryavanshi
(Suryavanshi / Sooryavanshee / Suryavanshee).
Gohaditya (or Guhaditya) have been grown up under the care and protection of a
Brahmin Lady. In his youth, Gohaditya have won
and have established his kingdom
in the mountain ranges of Idar.
King Aparajit Guhaditya, the seventh decendent of king Guhaditya have been killed by
some Bheel (a clan) people. A Brahmin have saved his son (by taking his custody, and
providing protection) Mahendra.
Prince Mahendra was no one else but the same great king who is shining in the history with
the name "Bapa Rawal (Bappa Rawal)".
Prince Mahendra have named himself as Bapa Rawal (Bappa Raal) as a tribute to (for all
his caring and favors) his Godfather Purohit Vashishtha Rawal (Vashishtra Raval,
who saved him after the assassination of his father) (In local language Bapa
or Bappa means father) in order to keep his name alive forever.
In his youth, Bapa Rawal (Bappa Rawal) have defeated king Mansinh of Mevad (Mewad, Mewar)
and established himself as MevadPati as the ruler of Chittod (Chittaud / Chittor /
Chittaur). In this novel the lifespan of Bapa Rawal (Bappa Rawal) is also explored
along with other historical stuff.
After Maharana Bapa Rawal (Maharana Bappa Rawal), his decendents have ruled Chittod
(Chittaud / Chittor / Chittaur). Amongst them, Maharana Khuman and ShaktiKumar are
well known for their bravery. But (all approved) historical facts are not found for
a period after their time.
This novel ends with the referece of Maharana Samarsinh, who was the seventeenth
descendent of King ShaktiKumar. King Samarsinh was the one who got married with
PruthaDevi (PruthaDevee), sister of Pruthveeraj Chauhan (Prithviraj Chauhan).
He got died in a war against Shahabuddin Ghori, fighring for Pruthveeraj,
by showing great bravery.
This way Maharana Samarsinh and a number of his descendents who have ruled Chittod
(Chittaud / Chittor / Chittaur) and
(all the Sooryavanshi Maharanas)
have protected Mevad and its independence with their courage, dedication and
bravery. Brave of the braves Maharana Pratapsinh, inspired by the values and
qualities of Bapa Rawal (Bappa Rawal), have fought against the emperor of Delhi.
He hadn't stop fighting after loosing everything and hadn't surrender.
It is the great tale of inspiration about protecting self esteem and
fighting for the motherland and own religion, for all the BharatVasi(Indian)s.
Actually the history of Sooryavanshi (suryavanshi) kshatriya rulers of
Mevad (Mewad / Mewaad / Mewar / Mewaar) is the historical tale of bravery,
dedication, sacrifies, generosity, values of promise, protecting self esteem
and independence of motherland.
There are some differences in the historical facts found in the details taken
from historical encyclopedia and Charan (a clan famous for its authentication
of folklores and command on words ad voice), which are used as the base of this novel.
But I found it more authentic and trustable facts that, king Kanaksen’s life span was
in the second century (of Vikram, i.e. Vikram samvat), Vallabhipur was destroyed in the
end of fifth century (of Vikram), Gohaditya’s birth was in Vikram Samvat 568, birth
of Chittod (Chittaud / Chittor / Chittaur) winner Bapa rawal (Bappa Rawal) was in
Vikaram Samvat 769, he have left for sainthood in Vikram Samvat 810, his lifespan
was of 100 years and Maharana Samarsinh was born in Vikram Samvat 1206.
The biographical facts found about Maharana Bappa Rawal (Maharana Bappa Rawal)
and his descendents are mixed with some amazing details. Some of the fantasies
are found added by praise poets which makes the facts hidden behind its mask.
Dasondi (Dasondee), VahiVanchas, Bhat-Charans (the people who keep the facts
well documented and up-to-date for the family lineages they are associated with)
who keep these details and writes stories about the same. Respected Historian Mr. Hum
says that (about these stories and these people) "Of course these poets make the
history dirty by adding their fantasies ad they makes enrich the true tales by the
jewelry of (fantasy) thoughts; but they are the only historians of old times and history
resides there in the it original face in these tales".
As almost everything is said in the words of this great historian, so I do not think
that anything else is need to be mentioned about the amazing (sometimes looking unreal)
information found in the historical tales.
With these words, I am feeling glad to show my gratitude towards Shri Dhanrajbhai
Kothari of Shri Laxmi Pustak Bhandar for his respect towards the great history of Mevad
(Mewad / Mewar) and its rulers and thinking in favor of publishing this series of
Chapterwise Information about Jay Chittod:
||Heart Of The Chapter Titlle In English
||The Son Of The Sun
||Termination Of Vallabh
||To Be Proud Of
||Awakening Of The Soul
||દેવ અને બલીય
||Dev Ane Baleey
||Dev Ane Baleey
||The Linage Of Sooryavansh
||Made For Each Other
||The Result Of Dedicated Service
||In The Hood Of The Saint
||The Pious And Pure Heart
||Incorporating The Values
||The Unbreakable Vow
||The Boon From Shakti
||Planning The Trap
||છત્રપતિ બાપા રાવળ
||Chhatrapati Bapa Raval
||The Emperor - Bapa Raval (Bappa Raval / Bappa Rawal)
||Vibes Of Fear
||Power Of Authority
||The Naked Sword
||The Voyage Of Victory
||Light Of Life
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