Mumal & Mahendra – An Immortal Rajput love story
I am at the top of a small hillock where once was a Medhi (small palace) belonging to a girl variously called Mumal, Princess Moomal or Momal Rano, who was from Lodhruva, Jaisalmer. A broken wall, small platform and a single window are the only remains of this monument which was earlier named as Kak Mahal. Below I can see a dry river bed, which, once upon a time, gushed in full swing, a river by the name of Kak.
During those times
Mumal was an extremely beautiful Rajput girl whose beauty and charms were famous not only in Jaisalmer but also far and wide. She wanted to marry someone who would win her heart with his bravery and intelligence. Mumal, along with her seven sisters and attendants would weave a web of magic in Kak Mahal to test them. Several kings and princes tried their luck but in vain.
Remains of the Medhi.
The reputation of this palace, and of Mumal’s dazzling beauty soon became a legend. Once Rana Mahendra Sodha, the ruler of Umer Kot in Sindh (now in Pakistan), reached the banks of the river while hunting. He too was attracted by the magical Kak. From the window of her palace Mumal saw Mahendra and his friend resting by the river bank, so she sent water and some refreshments for them. She invited them to rest in the palace till next morning.
Like others, Mahendra also had to cross the labyrinths and other hurdles to reach the palace. He was an intelligent and courageous man which led him to succeed in reaching the palace, unharmed. Mumal was very impressed and decided to accept him as her consort. Mahendra spent the night at the palace and returned to Umer Kot in the morning.
Mahendra on his love journey.
Eventually their love blossomed. Mahendra found a camel which was fast enough to cover long distance from Umer Kot to Kak & back in few hours. Each night Cheetal, the camel, used to take him to spend time with Mumal and they would return to Umer Kot by dawn. He could not keep his mind off Mumal and would keep humming “हाले नी मूमल म्हारी अमराणे रे देश” (Come with me to my Umer Kot, Oh Mumal).
One day, when Mahendra’s family got to know of his love for Mumal, they ordered to break the legs of Cheetal. That night another camel was arranged for him by his friends. The camel was not as fast and experienced as Cheetal. Mahendra didn’t have any option and started his journey. After a while he whipped the camel in order to make her go fast. The camel started running. In the dark Mahendra couldn’t figure out the direction and the result was that he reached Barmer instead of Jaisalmer.
Once upon a time the River Kaak flowed here, now a dry bed.
At the same time at Medhi, Mumal kept waiting for Mahendra and started playing games with her sisters. One of her sisters Sumal dressed like a man. Time passed and they were tired and sleepy. Sumal slept in man’s attire with Mumal on her bed.
At Barmer, on realizing his mistake, Mahendra raced towards Jaisalmer and when he reached Kak Mahal, he mistook Sumal as Mumal’s paramour. Disgusted, he left his riding cane besides Mumal’s bed and returned to Umer Kot. He was highly distraught that Mumal had cheated on him.
Mumal pleaded Mahendra to forgive her but he ignored her requests. To prove her innocence, Mumal set a fire and jumped in it. When Mahendra came to know of this, he rushed to the place where Mumal was already in flames; he joined her to be consumed by the fire along with Mumal.
And that was the end of a fervent legendary love story. If you can read Hindi, here is a longer version of Rajput love story of Mumal & Mahindra story.
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That’s sort of horrible and beautiful at the same time.
Nice one Nisha…I had completely forgotten about this story 🙂
Beautifully narrated, first time I have heard this one. Felt the emotions as I read your words, I felt transported into the times gone by..
I was trying to write something different which you guys haven’t written about. 🙂
This one was a new story for me as well. Had to write about it. 🙂
हाले नी मूमल मांझी अमराणे रे देश 🙂
Beauty of The Thar Desert…..kain khajaane chhippe hain is registan me bus aap jaise dhundhne wale ho.
Supper sumer sha
What a story Nisha. You have beautifully narrated it. When you read such great love stories it instils in you a sense of what true love and the depth of it. Am happy I came by to read this.
Wow… that’s an interesting story well told! Lovely how a few remains from the past have so much history and legend attached to them.
Sumer Singh ji,
No doubt about that. Hum jaise dhundhne wale aur app jaise dikhane wale. 🙂
There are so many stories to be told and still to find out about.
There is so much history around us that we are not aware of. It was nice to know about this one and I wanted to share it with others lest it’s lost. 🙂
A beautiful but also sad story! Seems like such stories and legends comes mostly to a bad end!
Yes I agree with you. Many happy stories end in a sad one.
As usual , beautiful post !
Thanks a lot. 🙂
Stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for the legendary love story of Moomal and Mahendra of Jaisalmer. Loved the write up. I would like to use that page as an external link in my blog. Hope you wouldn’t mind. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for your kind words.
Sure! Pls share the post once you write it. 🙂
Hi Nisha, find the post about my jaisalmer trip in the link… http://mylifeontrails.blogspot.in/2016/03/jaisalmer-golden-city.html?m=1
What an Epic Story and How wonderful is the Story Narration ! Glad I read this Post , have not heard a Story like this before !
Thank you very much.
I am glad you liked the story. There are so many hidden in every place. 🙂
Such a beautiful and a tragic tale. There is no dearth of these wonderful folk tales in our India! I wish to visit this on my next trip.
What a sad story! It reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. If only he had believed in his true love! And the desert is an appropriately bleak setting for such a sad tale.
What a story! The end is heart wrenching though. Every single place, every spot in Rajasthan is full of such legendary stories. And you can never get tired of listening to them. They are so captivating. It’s a part of the beauty of Rajasthan
What a sweet and romantic narration of this eternal love story. The post packs in the fragrance of Rajasthan and the warmth of the people. Rajasthan is indeed a place where a story hangs in the air around every corner. Loved rediscovering this gem through your post.
Great to read the Story it was well narrate. but it’s narration is slightly different here in Pakistan. Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai one of the great poet and scholar of Sindh-pakistan has expressed and define the whole story slightly different from you through his poems, verses in his one of the great book SHAH JO RISALO in Sindhi language means a BOOK OF SHAH in English. Mumal is one of the seven love Queen’s of SHAH latif.
1. Mumal/Moomal -Rano, Mahendra Sodha
2. Marvi- Ammar/Umer (an other king of Umerkot Sindh and the Nrphew of Mahendra Sodha).
4. Suhni- Mehaar or Mahiwal.
5. Leela- Channesar.
6. Noori- Jaam Tamachi.
7. Soorath – Rai Diach
From Sindh Pakistan.
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Thanks for your detailed info. Would love to read that as well and if there’s a story written in English, that would be fantastic. 😀
What a story and tragic ending but a fantastic testament to pure love. Stories like this really illuminate a place with something that fits and gives it more presence that its ruins. Thanks for the tour!
You are welcome. This story is special now because Mumal and Mahendra are from two different countries…. India and Pakistan. 🙂
I love legendary love stories like this! When I was a kid my aunt gave me a book of similar Indian legends and stories, complete with beautiful illustrations. They certainly makes one believe in the possibility of true love!
I can picture Mahendra crossing hurdles and navigating labyrinths in the landscape in your pictures! But what a tragic end to a wonderful love story. Thanks for a refreshingly different blog post.
Beautifully narrated Nisha. I only knew of the song ‘Mumal’ which is based on this story, but didn’t know there were actual landmarks in Jaisalmer to corroborate the existence of Mahendra and Princess Mumal! 🙂
A love story where both parties end up getting burned alive… Sounds like my first marriage. This was a beautiful post and a joy to read. I love hearing the history and narrations.
Thanks for writing this up guys. Had never read or heard this before. It is really interesting as well painful just like other love stories.
Oh no, I did not expect this to be a tragic story but then so many legends from those times are! You’ve written it beautifully I have to say. Never visited this fort’s remains in Jaisalmer but when I head to Rajasthan, I plan to visit a lot of historical places and hopefully, will get to this one as well!
Glad to find the whole story here….
I think somewhere in Jaisalmer I saw a painting regarding this. One local guy told me something but in a rush, I could not get the whole story. Send this to Bhansali.
Wow that story had a shocking ending. I was not expecting it to end like that. Sad but very interesting.
What an interesting story, it’s like an Indian version of Romeo and Juliet. So sad that there is so little remaining of the Medhi.
What a legend! Beautiful story of love.
Thanks for sharing.
Amazing. My grandmother used to call my daughter mumal. When I asked my grandmother she said mumal was a queen. Really thrilled to know about her through your story