Who was Rani Padmavati?
Who was Rani Padmavati?(Photo Courtesy: Padmavati)
  • 1. Who Was Rani Padmini?
  • 2. What was her relation with Alauddin Khilji?
  • 3. But Is That the Real Story? Historians are Unsure
  • 4. Which Historical Account to Believe?
  • 5. So was she fact or fiction?
So, Did Rani Padmavati Really Exist?

A flurry of protests have broken out across the country, mostly by religious right-wing groups, about the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati.The director, cast and crew have all been called out on the premise of the film and there has been ongoing to-and-fro of allegations and counter-allegations of communalism.But amid all the controversy surrounding the film, let’s actually take a look back into history. Who was Rani Padmavati? Did she even exist?

  • 1. Who Was Rani Padmini?

    The greatest question to be considered here, is the very existence of the historical figure called Rani Padmini. The first mention of Padmini or Padmavati as she is better known, took place in medieval poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem ‘Padmavat’ in 1540.

    According to Jayasi’s version, Rani Padmini was born at some point between the 13th and 14th century, in Simhal Dvipa, former Sri-Lanka. As the story goes, Padmini was noted for her unparalleled beauty and had caught the eye of many suitors. She also had a talking parrot by the name, Hira-mani, who spoke of Padmini’s beauty at length to Chittor’s Rana Ratan Singh, who then proceeded to travel to Simhal Dvipa and win her hand in the swayamvar.


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