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Maharana Udai Singh
राणा उदय सिहं
Rana Udai Singh II
Rana of Mewar
Reign 1540 – 28 February 1572
Coronation 1540, Chittor
Predecessor Vanvir
Successor Maharana Pratap
Born (1522-08-04)4 August 1522
Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
Died 28 February 1572(1572-02-28) (aged 49)
Gogunda, Rajasthan, India
Consort Maharani Jaivantabai[1]
Spouse Maharani Jaivanta Bai Sonigara (Chauhan)
Rani Sajjabai Solankini
Rani Dheer Bai Bhattiyani
Rani Veerbai Jhala
Rani Lakkha baisa
Rani Raj bai Solankini
Rani Laccha Bai Ballachhi
Rani Saivata Bai Kinchan
Rani Kanwar Bai Rathore
Rani Karmat Baiji
Rani Suhagde Bai Chauhan
Rani Ghansukhde Bai Chauhan
Rani Jeevat Bai Maderechi
Rani Lal Bai Panwar
Rani Kishan Bai Gaur
Rani Lakhamde Rathore
Rani Gopalde Bai
Rani Kanwar Bai Kinchan
Rani Lad Bai Dewari
Rani Baiji Lal Kanwar Rathore
Rani Pyar Bai Rathore
Rani Veer Kanwar Badagujar
Issue Over 56 sons and 22 daughters, including:
Pratap Singh
Shakti Singh
Kunwar Vikramdev
Jagmal Singh
Sagar Singh
Ram Singh
Hari Singh
Chand Kanwar
Maan Kanwar
Dynasty Bhadouriya
Father Rana Sanga
Mother Maharani Karnavati Hada (Chauhan)
Religion Hinduism
Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar II
Hammir Singh (1326–1364)
Kshetra Singh (1364–1382)
Lakha Singh (1382–1421)
Mokal Singh (1421–1433)
Rana Kumbha (1433–1468)
Udai Singh I (1468–1473)
Rana Raimal (1473–1508)
Rana Sanga (1508–1527)
Ratan Singh II (1528–1531)
Vikramaditya Singh (1531–1536)
Vanvir Singh (1536–1540)
Udai Singh II (1540–1572)
Maharana Pratap (1572–1597)
Amar Singh I (1597–1620)
Karan Singh II (1620–1628)
Jagat Singh I (1628–1652)
Raj Singh I (1652–1680)
Jai Singh (1680–1698)
Amar Singh II (1698–1710)
Sangram Singh II (1710–1734)
Jagat Singh II (1734–1751)
Pratap Singh II (1751–1754)
Raj Singh II (1754–1762)
Ari Singh II (1762–1772)
Hamir Singh II (1772–1778)
Bhim Singh (1778–1828)
Jawan Singh (1828–1838)
Sardar Singh (1828–1842)
Swarup Singh (1842–1861)
Shambhu Singh (1861–1874)
Sajjan Singh (1874–1884)
Fateh Singh vinjuda (1884–1930)
Bhupal Singh

Udai Singh II (4 August 1522 – 28 February 1572) was the Maharana of Mewar and the founder of the city of Udaipur in the present day Rajasthan state of India. He was the 53rd ruler of the Mewar dynasty. He was the fourth son of Maharana Sangram Singh (Rana Sanga)[2] and Rani Karnavati, a princess of Bundi.

Early life, marriage and parenthood[edit]

Udai Singh was born in Chittor. In August 1522, after the death of his father, Rana Sanga,[3] Ratan Singh II was corronated as the new king. Ratan Singh II was assassinated in 1531. He was succeeded by his brother Maharana Vikramaditya Singh. During the reign of Vikramaditya, when the Turkic Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah sacked Chittor in 1534, Udai Singh was sent to Bundi for safety.[2] In 1537, Banbir killed Vikramaditya and usurped the throne. He tried to kill Udai Singh also, but Udai's nurse Panna Dai sacrificed her own son Chandan to save him from his uncle Banbir and took him to Kumbhalgarh. She did not ask for anything in return either. She started living in Bundi and did not allow Udai Singh to come and meet her. He lived in secret in Kumbhalgarh for two years, disguised as a nephew of the governor Asha Shah Depura (Maheshwari).

In 1540, he was crowned in Kumbhalgarh by the nobles of Mewar. His eldest son Maharana Pratap from his first wife, Maharani Jaivantabai Songara (daughter of Akhey Raj Songara of Jalore), was born in the same year.[4] He had twenty two wives and over 56 sons and 22 daughters. His second wife, Sajjabai Solankini gave birth to his son Shakti, Sagar Singh and Vikram Dev. Dheerbai Bhattiyani was his favourite wife and was the mother of his son Jagmal Singh and daughters Chand Kanwar and Maan Kanwar. His fourth wife was Rani Veerbai Jhaala daughter of Rana Jaith Singh of Kherwa.[citation needed]

The reign[edit]

In 1562, he gave refuge to Baz Bahadur of Malwa. Using this as a pretext, Akbar attacked Mewar in October 1563. On 23 October 1567 Akbar formed his camp near Chittor. According to Kaviraj Shyamaldas, Udai Singh called a council of war. The nobles advised him to take refuge along with the princes in the hills, leaving a garrison at Chittor. Udai Singh retired to Gogunda (which later became his temporary capital) leaving Chittor in the hands of his loyal chieftains Rao Jaimal and Patta. Akbar captured Chittor after a year-long siege on 25 February 1568.[5][6] He later shifted his capital to Udaipur. He died in 1572 in Gogunda. Before his death, Jagmal tried to seize the throne but the nobles of Mewar prevented Jagmal from succeeding and placed Maharana Pratap Singh on the throne on 1 March 1572.[4]

TV Serial Depictions[edit]

Year TV Series Channel Country Played by
2015 Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap Sony Entertainment Television India India Shakti Anand


  1. ^ Rana, Bhawan Singh (2004). Maharana Pratap. Diamond Pocket Books. pp. 28, 105. ISBN 9788128808258. 
  2. ^ a b Tod, James (1829, reprint 2002). Annals & Antiquities of Rajasthan, Vol.I, Rupa, New Delhi, ISBN 81-7167-366-X, p.240-52
  3. ^ Mahajan V.D. (1991, reprint 2007) History of Medieval India, Part II, S. Chand, New Delhi, ISBN 81-219-0364-5, p.11
  4. ^ a b Tod, James (1829, reprint 2002). Annals & Antiquities of Rajas'than, Vol.I, Rupa, New Delhi, ISBN 81-7167-366-X, p.252-64
  5. ^ Majumdar, R.C. (ed.) (2007). The mughal Empire, Mumbai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ISBN 81-7276-407-1, pp.332-5
  6. ^ Mahajan V.D. (1991, reprint 2007) History of Medieval India, Part II, S. Chand, New Delhi, ISBN 81-219-0364-5, pp.74-76

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Udai Singh II
Born: 4 August 1522 Died: 28 February 1572
Preceded by
Vikramaditya Singh
Sisodia Rajput Ruler
Succeeded by
Maharana Pratap