Udai Singh II (August 4, 1522- February 28, 1572) was the Maharana of the Mewar and the founder of the city of Udaipur in the present day of Rajasthan state of Inida. Maharana Udai Singh was the 53rd ruler of the Mewar Dynasty. He was the fourth son of the Maharana Sangram Singh or Rana Sanga and the Rani Karnavati, the princess of Bundi. Udai Singh II is parallel remembered for his breathtakingly beautiful queens, who were 20 in numbers. This son of Rana Sanga is invariably famous in the Rajputana history for the two reasons, one for being the father of the bravest son of the Mewar, Maharana Pratap and secondly for gifting the picturesque city of Udaipur to the world.
After the death of the Rana Sanga, his enemies tried to kill Udai Singh II who was only the child at that time. Udai Singh was rescued by his nurse Panna Dhai who replaced him with her own son and sacrificed his life for the safety of the young prince. Later when he ascended the throne, he was attacked by the Akbar. At this time he already left Chittor 9 years ago, ending up in the Udaipur, giving Mewar its new capital.
The city of lakes ‘Udaipur’ is named after its founder, who then made it his capital even before Chittor was sacked by Akbar. When the Mughal army attacked Chittor, the then capital of Mewar, Maharana Udai Singh II and the royal family had already left for Gogunda, making it a temporary capital until Udai singh II shifted to Udaipur, making the gem the new capital of Mewar.
Udai Singh II who is less famous for his courage and bravery as his ancestors Rana Kumbha or the Rana Sanga, became the proud father of the Maharana Pratap who marked the Rajputana history with his heroism and the valour, making his father’s presence in the history significant and imperative.