Jhansi ki Rani Lakshmi Bai
Rani Lakshmi Bai, commonly referred to as Jhansi ki Rani, was the queen of a princely state in North India. The name of the state was Jhansi and is a small district in present day Uttar Pradesh.
Rani Lakshmi Bai was a major leader of the Sepoy Mutiny. Sepoy Mutiny or, Indian Mutiny, was an Indian resurrection against the British rule. This resurrection took place in 1857-58 and unfortunately, was an unsuccessful one.
Lakshmi bai’s childhood.
Rani Lakshmi Bai was born to Brahmin parents, Moropant Tmbe and Bhagirathi Sapre, in Varanasi. Her birth name was Manikarnika Tambe. Her mother died when she was just four years old. From here the little girl started to face a struggling life.
The upbringing of Manikarnika was not likely other Brahmin girls. She was brought up among boys and was taught martial arts, horse riding, fencing etc. Jhansi ki rani spent her childhood with Indian freedom revolutionists Nana Sahib and Tatya Tope.
Marriage and life after marriage.
At the age of 14, Manikarnika got married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao Newalka. After marriage she was given the name Lakshmibai and was most commonly denoted as the queen of Jhansi, or Jhansi ki Rani.
Unluckily, Lakshmi Bai’s husband, Maharaja of Jhansi died after a few years. She was just 24 years old then and, was not bearing any heir.
Before the death of Maharaja, they adopted a son as his heir. But, after the unfortunate death of Maharaja, the British leaders refused to accept the adopted son as the heir of Jhansi’s throne.
The then British governors gave the orders to annex Jhansi. But the brave twenty-four year old queen refused to give up her territory. She revolted back. Rani Lakshmi Bai was supported by other Indian revolutionists in her fight against the Britishers.
The queen of Jhansi fought three battles against the British company at Jhansi, Kalpi and Gwalior with great courage. Rani Lakshmi Bai died while fighting the Gwalior battle bravely.
The great courage, patriotism and enthusiasm shown by Rani Lakshmi Bai became an inspiration for all the further Indian freedom fighters and revolutionists. Though she died an unfortunate death while fighting heroically against the enemies of her nation, she became immortal in the Indian history.