Rana Lakha Singh was a ruler in the modern-day state of Rajasthan who belonged to the Sisodia clan of Mewar. He was Maharana Kshetra Singh’s son.
Many academics and historians place Rana Lakha’s rule between 1382 and 1421 AD, while Maharana Mokal’s reign is seen as being from 1421 to 1433 AD.
It makes sense that the eminent author Dr. Upendra Nath would claim that Rana Lakha’s rule was described as lasting from 1382 to 1397.
Maharana Lakha Singh succeeded his father as the next Maharana of Mewar in 1382 AD. Mewar was having financial issues when Rana Lakha ascended to the throne. The largest strain on them was to find a way for Mewar to escape its economic difficulties.
It is claimed that anything may be resolved without much difficulty if luck is on your side. The same thing happened to Maharana Lakha Singh, and a silver mine, likely the biggest in Asia, was found at Jawar near Udaipur.
There was a healthy population in the area since silver mines were nearby, which allowed people to find work.
Maharana Lakha is credited with gradually resolving Mewar’s economic issues; it is from this point that his reign is considered to have advanced.
Empire Expansion by Maharana Lakha
One of the most prosperous Maharanas was Rana Lakha Singh. He increased his territory under his control by conquering Merwar and destroying its main bastion, Berahtgarh, on top of which he built Badnore. During this period, the tin and silver mines of Jawar were found in the territory his father had liberated from the Bhils.
Veer Singh Hada, the ruler of Bundi, was gradually vanquished by Rana Lakha. Later, he also took control of Shekhawati, Jahajpur, etc. To abolish the pilgrimage tax there, Rana Lakha conducted raids all the way to Gaya in Bihar.
With the increased money, he built several forts, excavated lakes and reservoirs, established massive ramparts to dam their waters, and reconstructed the palaces and temples that Alauddin Khilji had demolished.
In the meantime, Rana Lakha fought the Sankhla Rajputs at Amer while gradually expanding his territory and sphere of influence. Rana Lakha gave the Dodiya Rajputs tiny jagirs before to establishing the Umrao of Mewar.
The Delhi Sultanate was under Ghiyasuddin’s control when Rana Lakha was the ruler of Mewar. Ghiyasuddin was a very aspirational individual who came to Badnore in order to expand his power and domain.
Ghiyasuddin met Rana Lakha, the king of Mewar, in Badnore. Rana Lakha had recently defeated Sultan Ghiyasuddin and was in a very advantageous position.
Rana Lakha granted Ghiyasuddin freedom in exchange for his promise to refrain from collecting taxes from Hindu pilgrims travelling to Kashiji, Gayaji, and Prayagraj. Ghiyasuddin was also given wealth and horses by Rana Lakha. Although there is no reliable proof for this episode, it is based on the Mewari “Khayans.”
In addition, Maharana Lakha successfully engaged in battle with the Muslim sultans of Gujarat and Malwa. Zafar Khan of Gujarat was unable to enter Mewar even after taking Mandalgarh in 1396 AD.
Rana Lakha Marriage
Chunda Singh received a proposal to wed Hansabai, the princess of Marwar and Rao Ranmal’s sister. Chunda Singh declined the proposal and stated that my father will get married first, followed by me. This turned into a significant issue for Rana Lakha; if he declined the gift and returned Shagun’s coconut, Raja Ranmal of Marwar would be offended and he would become enraged.
Therefore, Rana Lakha accepted this relationship for himself. To this, Ranmal made an objection saying Rana Lakha already had an heir to the throne, so if it is promised that HansaBai’s child would be the heir then he would accept this proposal. Chunda made this promise and for this reason Maharana Mokal, son of Rana Lakha and Hansabai, became the ruler of Mewar.
Death of Rana Lakha
One of Mewar’s most prosperous monarchs, Rana Lakha, passed away in a peaceful manner in 1397 AD. Maharana Mokal, the king of Mewar, was just 5 years old when he passed away. His mother Hansabai took care of Maharana Mokal following his passing.
Making Maharana Mokal the ruler of Mewar, Chunda Singh kept the promise he made to his father Rana Lakha.