The Ancient Emperor Who Would Thrash “The Mountain” of GOT Fame
A couple of years ago, nearly all of the world waited with bated breath for the final episode of the final season of Game of Thrones.
Arguably one of the biggest and grandest spectacles that television has seen, and a show that had a fan following that was unparalleled. The show cost HBO and its owner AT&T (ATT) a whopping $1.5 billion to make but has more than doubled the returns based on the revenues it has made so far. It is historically one of the most expensive shows ever — but justified the investment with a handsome return to the producers.
However, the biggest legacy that the show left behind was that of its unforgettable characters — from the guile of Tyrion Lannister to the loyalty of Brienne of Tarth, from the fearlessness of the Mother of Dragons to the undying charm of Jon Snow.
Each character, whether it lasted for a few minutes or the whole duration of the show, left a deep mark.
The Mountain was one such unforgettable character. Simply for the larger-than-life-size and “undefeatable” enigma — he seemed like the ultimate fighting machine who could feel no pain.
Yet, there was one real warrior in ancient India who stood probably bigger and stronger than the mythical Mountain and would probably wipe the floor with him in a real-life battle.
This was Maharana Pratap, the ruler of Mewar, a province in what is the modern-day state of Rajasthan in India.
Here are some fascinating and jaw-dropping facts about the real-life historical warrior.
#1 — The real-life “Mountain Man”
Indians aren’t particularly known for huge physiques — however, Maharana Pratap was an exception. He stood at nearly 2.3 meters tall or 7 ft 5 in and carried around weapons and armor that weight 208 kgs or over 450 lbs.
This included two swords — each weighing over 55 lbs — because he was known to offer one to his enemy if he was unarmed. He also carried a spear that weight over 180 lbs and his armor is said to have weighed another 150 lbs or more.
It would take an army of men to carry that much weight around — yet this mountain of a man carried all that on him to the battlefield.
#2 — He fought for his motherland against foreign invasion
He wasn’t just a physical specimen but also had tremendous courage. During the Mughal rule in the 1500s on most parts of India, he was the only emperor who defended his ground against the Mughal ruler Akbar, while all other Indian Rajput rules conceded defeat.
#3 — His horse was just as famous as him
Well if you’ve got a mountain-sized man carrying 450 lbs of armor and weapons riding a horse — that horse must be one hell of a specimen too.
That was, indeed, what the horse of Maharana Pratap was. The horse, named Chetak, was such an icon in himself that one of the most famous two-wheeler companies in India later named one of their bikes as “Chetak” to roaring success.
Chetak, once, carried his wounded emperor from a battlefield to safety before he succumbed to his own wounds and died — but Maharana Pratap lived on owing to his sacrifice.
#4 — The man who fought tigers with bare hands
Legend has it that Maharana Pratap was so strong and a fierce warrior that he would battle wild tigers with his bare hands and defeat them.
He is believed to have fought off a tiger when it attacked one of his brothers during a hunting expedition — and the incident has also been depicted in TV shows made based on the life of the ruler.
#5 — Undefeated on the battlefield, died of hunting injury
Despite many battles with the Mughal emperor Akbar, Maharana Pratap was never captured and escaped the wrath of the Mughal empire.
However, his death came in the tamest of manners from an injury during hunting in 1597 at the age of about 57.
With such might and courage, I firmly think that most fictitious characters, no matter how strong, would face defeat at the hands of the man who is often known to be the first freedom fighter for India — the man who gave us hope that we could fight off all invasions and that protecting his own motherland was his biggest duty.