Pithal Aur PathalPithal Aur Pathal

Submitted / Updated On: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 | Written By: Kanhaiyalal Sethia | Hits since Feb 1, 2014: 59018

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You may have read Shyam Narayan Pandey’s classic epic “Haldighati”. Three excerpts from that great work are available on this site. Many readers had asked me to include a Rajasthani classic poem on the same theme by the great poet Kanhaiyalal Sethia, but I could not find that poem any where. Fortunately one reader Prof. Anil Bhalekar sent me excerpts from this poem and I am very happy to include it in our collection. Any one with good knowledge of Hindi should be able to understand this poem, which is in Rajasthani. Few difficult words have been explained below. Rana Pratap the great Rajput kept fighting Akbar in order to save his land of Mewar from going to Mughals. In the process he passed through highly despairing times, hiding in jungle with his family. Poet here tells how one day when Rana’s family had nothing else to eat, his son Amar was given a bread made from grass seeds. But even that piece of bread was snatched by a wild cat in the jungle. Seeing his son crying with hunger broke Rana’s heart and he sent a letter of surrender to Akbar. Akbar could not believe his eyes, and sent for the poet Pithal, who was a great admirer of Rana’s resolve and velour. Pithal was shattered to see this downfall of Rana and wrote to him few lines that shook Rana back into his original resolve to keep fighting Akabar. Please spend some time with this classic poem and enjoy it. Pathal here refer’s to Partha (Arjun) that was another name for Rana Pratap. Rajiv Krishna Saxena
Keywords: Rana Pratap, Grass bread, Ghaas ki roti, Ghas ki roti, Akabar, Pithal, poet, Pathal, Chetak, Kanhaiyalal Sethia, surrender, resolve, enthuse