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Bhamashah was born in 1542 and belonged to Kavdia gotra of the Oswal Jain community. His father Bharmal was qiledar of Ranthambore fort appointed by Rana Sanga and was later prime minister under Maharana Udai Singh.
Bhamashah was a great general, adviser, minister of Mewar, who was later promoted to post of Prime Minister of Mewar by Maharana Pratap, to whom he served as close aide and confidant.He along with his younger brother Tarachand fought in several battles for Mewar.
He was follower of Jainism and noted for his statesmanship, war skills, patriotism and generosity.
After Battle of Haldighati, when Maharana Pratap had no resources at all to carry on the fight. At this point of time, Bhamashah and his brother Tarachand, in order to generate finances ( without knowledge of Pratap ) attacked Mughal territory of Malwa with army at their disposal and gathered a large booty and presented this wealth consisting of 20,000 gold coins and 2,500,000 rupees to Pratap, who was overwhelmed. With this help Pratap could organize an army and carried on his further fights against Mughals. Bhamashah was promoted to the post Prime Minister, by Maharana Pratap after this.
Bhamashah died in 1600 at the time of his death he was in-charge of Mewar's treasury under Amar Singh I. Descendants of Bhamashah also served as prime ministers of the Maharanas of Udaipur for a few generations. His descendants still live in Udaipur.
There is a memorial in Udaipur in honour of the great patriot.
Government of India has issued a postage stamp in his honor in year 2000.
- DeshGaurav BhamaShah - Late Shri Harilal Upadhyay, 1976