RSS chief to inaugurate ‘Pratap Gaurav Kendra Rashtriya Tirtha’ in Udaipur today
Udaipur : Pratap Gaurav Kendra Rashtriya Tirtha is all set to become another spot of tourist interest in Udaipur city. The Kendra, sprawling in some 25 bighas at Tiger Hill, is an ambitious project of the Veer Shiromani Manarana Pratap Samiti that will be inaugurated by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday afternoon. The ceremony is expected to be witnessed by number of guests including Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, education minister Vasudev Devnani, Minister of Forests and Mines Rajkumar Rinwah, Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and others.
The construction of the Kendra began in 2008 and the first phase is completed now which would be open for the public from December 9 onwards. “ The prime attraction of Pratap Gaurav Kendra is the 57 feet high metal statue of Maharana Pratap in a sitting posture atop the hill, which is the largest statue of Pratap anywhere. The Kendra which is being developed at a cost of 100 crore rupees, aims to provide information on the glorious past of Mewar as well as India, showing how it was plundered by the invaders and how its boundaries were reduced” K.S Gupta, chairman of the samiti said.
The Kendra which is being developed in phases is aimed to become a national monument describing the bravery of great Maharana Pratap, sacrifice of Panna Dhai, devotion of Meera Bai and detailed history of other iconic characters like Bappa Rawal, Rana Sangha, Hadi Rani etc. The glorious past would be revealed to the visitors through modern technology including 3D presentation of the famous Haldi Ghati war, Light and Sound Show, Live mechanical model galleries that are sure to entice the audience. There is a Bharat Darshan Deergha which is a large amphitheater, showing the geographical and cultural history from ancient to present day Bharat. It highlights Takshashila, the ancient Indian University.
Among other attractions are art galleries with more than 300 oil paintings depicting significant incidents from Pratap’s life. It may take 3 hours for the visitors to take the complete tour of the centre, Om Prakash, member of the samiti said. The place also has a provision of a 10 minute show, named as meditation for nation. For the maintenance of the Kendra and meet the salaries of the employees here, guests would be require to pay 100 rupees per head, educational institutions and students would be given concession.