|Chieftain of Merpur|
Rana Punja or Poonja, was the chief of the Bhil tribesman and king of Bhomat. He was born at Merpur in the Mewar region to Dunha Holika. His father died when Punja was 15 and he was appointed head of Merpur. Soon after he became king of Bhomat. in 1576 he fought alongside the Rana of Mewar, Maharana Pratap against the Mughal emperor Akbar's forces, led by Man Singh I in the Battle of Haldighati.[unreliable source?][unreliable source?] In the battle, Punja brought a contingent of Bhil tribesmen and himself led the rear. His tribesmen were armed with short swords, arrows and bows, and stones.[unreliable source?]
- Goswami, Vajrasar. Birth Anniversary of Rana Punja celebrated at Moti Magri Smarak, Udaiput Times, October 5, 2012
- Sarbeswar Sahoo Civil Society and Democratization in India 2013 p.130 "Some such examples are the cases of Maharana Pratap, the erstwhile king of Mewar who had acknowledged the contributions of the Bhils for saving his life in the battle of Haldighati by honouring their leader, Poonja, with a royal title (Rana) ."
- Rana 2004, p. 57.
- Sharma, G. N. Mewar & The Mughal Emporers, Shiva Lal Agarwala & Co. Ltd, 1931 p96
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