Haryana to organize a state-level function to commemorate Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya’s Coronation Day

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Haryana to organize a state-level function to commemorate Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya’s Coronation Day

Chief Minister will be the Chief Guest; Union Minister of State, Devusinh Chauhan will be the special guest

In the ceremony, a Postal stamp will be issued in the memory of Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya

Chandigarh, October 5 – The Haryana government is all set to organize a  grand event to honour Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya on his coronation day, October 7, at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi.  Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal will be attending the function as the Chief Guest, while Union Minister of State for Communications, Sh. Devusinh Chauhan will be the special guest. Notably, a commemorative postal stamp will be issued in Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya’s memory during the event.

Divulging more information in this regard, Director General, Information, Public Relations, and Language Department, Dr. Amit Agrawal said that this state-level function will be organized under the ‘Sant Mahapurush Samman and Vichar Prasar Yojana’.

Advisor to the Union Ministry of Education, Professor Ravinder Sharma, former Secretary to Central Government, Sh. Vishwapati Trivedi, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, Smt.  Manju Kumar Singh and other dignitaries will be attending the function.

Throwing light on the early life of Emperor Hemu and his settlement in Rewari, Haryana, Dr. Amit Agrawal said that Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya, also known as Hemu, was a prominent figure in medieval Indian history. He was born in the year 1501 in the village of Machheri in the Alwar district, Rajasthan. Hemu’s father was a priest. His family later relocated to Rewari, Haryana. Rewari’s status as a thriving trade centre exposed him to diverse cultures and languages, enriching his education, where he received his education and became proficient in various languages.

Historical Significance

Dr. Amit Agrawal further shared that Emperor Hemchandra Vikramaditya was a Hindu king who achieved remarkable success by winning 22 consecutive wars, including defeating Akbar’s armies. He is celebrated for his exceptional military prowess, bravery, strategic acumen, and political foresight. He further shared that later in life, Hemu’s leadership and military skills propelled him to become a significant figure in North India, culminating in his declaration as an independent ruler of Delhi after a series of military victories. His journey exemplifies how historical leaders can emerge from varied backgrounds and experiences, leaving an enduring impact on history.

Emperor Hemu conquered Delhi by defeating Akbar’s forces in a single day

Dr. Amit Agarwal further informed that historians note that Emperor Hemu achieved remarkable military success during his lifetime, easily capturing provinces like Etawah, Kalpi, and Bayana, solidifying his control over the central and western regions of present-day Uttar Pradesh. On October 6, 1556, in a single-day battle near Tughlakabad, Hemu’s forces decisively defeated Akbar’s army, leading to the conquest of Delhi. Following this triumph, on October 7, 1556, Emperor Hemu underwent a coronation ceremony, marked by elaborate religious rituals, in the presence of Afghan and Rajput commanders at the Old Fort of Delhi, situated today in front of Pragati Maidan, he shared.

Emperor Hemu established Hindu rule in North India

The Director General informed that Hemchandra Vikramaditya briefly ruled parts of North India. Emperor Hemu freed India from centuries of slavery under foreign rule, assumed the title of Hemchandra Vikramaditya, and established Hindu rule in North India on the lines of the Vijaynagar Empire established in South India.

Emperor Hemu effectively reorganized the army and appointed Hindu officers without removing any Afghan army leader and on the strength of his skill, courage and bravery, Emperor Hemu rose to power. His army included people from both Hindu and Muslim communities, shared Dr. Amit Agrawal.

Fearing Hemu’s increasing power, Akbar had planned to return to Kabul

Referring to the second battle of Panipat, Dr. Amit Agrawal said that according to historians, fearing the increasing power of Emperor Hemu, Akbar was preparing to return to Kabul on the advice of his generals, but his protector Bairam Khan insisted on taking another chance. After this, on November 5, 1556, the armies of Emperor Hemu and Akbar came face to face in the field of Panipat.

Historians believe that out of fear and security, Akbar and Bairam Khan themselves did not participate in this war and both of them stayed at a distance of 8 to 10 miles from the battlefield. But Emperor Hemu himself led his army. With the initial successes in the fierce battle, it was clear that the Mughal army would soon flee from the battlefield but unfortunately, Emperor Hemu was badly injured in this battle and was defeated, shared Dr. Amit Agrawal.