Rathore Rani Hansa Bai





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Rathore Rani Hansa Bai

Hansa Bai, wife of Maharana Lakha Singh and mother of Mokal, was a Rathore princess of Mandore. She helped in bringing peace between Rathores i.e her clan and Sisodias i.e clan of her husband. We can also say that she established peace between Mandore and Mewar.


Hansa Bai was the daughter of Chunda Singh Rathore and Rani Suram Sankhali of Mandore, born in late 14th century.

She was married to Maharana Lakha Singh of Mewar and Mokal was the fruit of their marriage.


The 'cocoa-nut' came from Rao of Mandore, to affiance his daughter, Ranmal's sister, to the heir of Mewar, prince Chonda Sisodia. When the embassy was announced, Chonda was absent and the old king was seated in his chair of state, surrounded by his court. He recieved the Hymen courteously, and observed that Chonda would soon return and take the gage; "for" he added, drawing his fingers over his moustaches, "I don't suppose you send such playthings to an old greaybeard like me."

Now there are many different and contradicting stories related to Chonda's reaction to this statement. All ending with the same conclusion.

Historian James Tod in his book 'Annals of Mewar' says that Chonda was offended by this witty statement and declined to accept the cocoa-nut which his father might intended for himself. The old Rana was greatly madden at his son's stubborness, and, as the cocoa-nut could not be returned without gross insult to Rao of Marwar, he decided to accept it himself and made Chonda swear to renounce his birthright.

In another book named 'Maharana Khumbha: Sovereign, Soldier, Scholar' by Har Bilas Sarda it is mentioned that Chonda was not much offended but thought that his father still had a secret longing for married life and made up his mind that Lakha himself accept the symbol. He reached out to Ranmal who happend to be in Chitor at the time and insisted him to give his sister to Maharana before joining the festive board. Ranmal would not agree to this. Not knowing how to hit out of the difficulty, Ranmal hit a proposal which he thought would turn the tables on Chonda. He suggested that Chonda should renounce his right to the throne of Chitor in favour of an issue of the Rana by his sister. He thought that Chould would not agree to this but he did not noticed that his sole desire was to gratify the supposed wish of his father.

And in the end, Maharana Lakha married to rathore princess Hansa Bai. The marriage was celebrated and Mokal was the issue of this union.

**Cocoanut = sent with proposals. It's return signifies that the alliance is declined and is usually regarded as an insult.**

As a Widow

When Mokal was around 5 years old, Maharana Lakha died freeing the holy-land of Gaya from the yoke of Afghan; leaving behind the 'throne of Chittor' for Mokal. When news of this event reached Chittor, Hansa Bai prepared to became sati. Chonda appeared and dissuaded her from her resolution saying that Mokal was a child, and she, the Queen mother must watch over the welfare of the Rana.

Actual time of her death is not known.




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