Rani Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi is known for writing the History of India after overcoming all the hurdles which came on her path.
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- Rani Laxmi Bai was born in 1828 in Varanasi as ‘Manikarnika’.
- She got married to Gangadhar Rao, King of Jhansi, back then she was just seven years old.
- Her marriage was short lived and after the death of her husband, she became Rani of Jhansi at the age of 18 to take the responsibility of the Jhansi.
Emergences of Rani Lakshmi Bai
After holding the responsibility of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai not only proved herself worth in and as the Rani of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai also did something incredible which seems like rewriting of the Indian history.
In India massive battles took place, led by heroes- irrespective of their gender, Rani Lakshmi Bai also completed the battle. She was the hero of the Jhansi and was brave and vicious at the same time and she also displays her patriotism or love for the country by giving her own life.
Born to a Maratha family in Varanasi, Rani Laxmi Bai was amongst the leading personalities of the first war of India’s independence, 1857. This year, on June 18, 2017, marked her 158th death anniversary.
Rani Lakshmi Bai and her contribution towards the struggle of the freedom movement
It is true in some sense that only a few women marked their name in History of India’s struggle for independence and Rani of Jhansi, or Rani Laxmi Bai is one of them as we all know!
Rani Laxmi Bai was a free spirit girl and her father used to work in the Peshwa Court of Bithoor. She used to practice self-defence, archery, horse riding, and also she had her own army of women on the court. We consider Rani Lakshmi Bai date of birth is 1828, but the exact date of birth remains dubious.
Living details of Rani Lakshmi Bai
Post Rani Laxmi Bai at the age of 18, lost her husband, the Britishers tried to take advantage of her lack of experience and tender age by seized Jhansi from her. The Englishmen and the colonial government asked her to leave the fort as the ruler and offered her Rs. 60,000 as a pension.
How Rani Lakshmi Bai became Jhansi ki Rani and she saves Jhansi
But Laxmi Bai was so determined to defend Jhansi and refused the proposal of the colonial people and formed to join her own army group which includes the soldiers of the both, gender people, men, and women respectively.
Rani not only defended Jhansi from Britisher but she also protects her country from her neighbor states. Since, September to October 1857, she battled with the King of Orchha and Datia. British appointed Sir Hugh Rose to take into custody the Jhansi.
Her fight with the British
In 1858, Britisher arrived in the Jhansi. They looted common people and also killed so many people, including Women and children. Hence, Rani Laxmi Bai decided to fight against Englishmen in the army. The war continued for 2 weeks Rani Laxmi Bai won the battle.
Rani Laxmi Bai also used to give food to the poor people of the India apart from she used to take care of those people too.
And Rani Laxmi Bai also fought with the British people when they attacked the India and she saves India apart from she saved her kingdom too. She fought with the British people as they used to kill many people, including, women and children afterward British also plundered the Jhansi and Rani Laxmi Bai decided to save Jhansi and people of the city.
After the colonial government capture Jhansi, Laxmi Bai tied her adopted son Damodar Rao on her back and she consecutively fought with the Englishmen with her two swords, left Jhansi to ask Peshwas to support her against the Britishers. Peshwa also helps Rani Laxmi Bai by sending his army men.
When Kalpi was attacked by Britishers, Laxmi Bai goes in the battle against the British. Her attack set-back the British Army.
Death of the Rani Lakshmi Bai
On the fateful day of 18th June 1858, British captured Gwalior from all four sides. Rani decided to fight with the enemies instead of surrendering herself to the colonial government and she went for the fighting.
She started fighting but fell down from her horse during the war and there was bleeding flooding from her body. As she dressed like an army man, nobody identified her. Then her faithful servants took her to nearby Gangadas Mutt and gave her ‘Gangajal’. Her last wish was that she should not be touched by any Englishmen so she was burnt by a hermit and she died at the age of 29.
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