Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder as the oft quoted proverb goes. Her beauty
enraptured and captured the eyes of the royals who beheld her.
King Ratan Sen and his royal bride were basking in their marital bliss much to the chagrin
of Queen Nagmati , his first wife. But there were external enemies other than searing
jealousy who invaded the kingdom and their new-found love.
Allaudin Khilji 's eyes burnt with lust as he heard about her beauty. The self-repecting
Rajput Queen refused to give him an audience . With treachery and deceit he managed
to catch her glimpse in the mirror. Her reflection strengthened his resolve to possess her.
King Ratan Sen was killed in a duel by another neighboring King.
Allaudin Khilji with his retinue of followers and armed forces besieged the Chittor Fort in
a bid to win her.
Alladin Khiliji managed to invade the Chittor fort only to be welcomed by raging tongues
of fire and the acrid smell of burning flesh. The cries of women deafened his senses.
The beautiful Queen for whom her beauty had become a curse had committed 'Sati'.
She was Rani Padamavati of Chittor Kingdom.
written for : Thursday Photo Prompt -#Mask writephoto.Thank you Sue Vincent.
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Rani means Queen in Indian language.
The Kings had many wives and polygamy was practised.
Sati - an Indian practise where the widow sat on her husband's pyre or burnt herself to death to avoid falling into enemy hands . The Queens or members of the female members of royal family preferred death to dishonor and disgrace.