August 16, 2022

 Rani Laxmibai’s death anniversary is celebrated on 18 June as Martyr’s Day to honor those lost in the 1857 rebellion in Jhansi. Rani Lakshmi Bai, a gallant queen of Jhansi state, was a great figure of the revolt of 1857. The queen of Jhansi was considered a symbol of resistance to British rule because of her courage and bravery. Much has been written about Bahadur Rani in our books, but few people know that Rani of Jhansi breathed her last in the fort of Gwalior and not in the fort of Jhansi.

This iconic fort is spread over an area of ​​3 sq km and is surrounded by sandstone concrete walls. Built in the 15th century by Raja Man Singh Tomar, this fort has 3 temples, 6 palaces and several water tanks. Tomar, from the Mughals to Scindia, this fort has been witness to many battles. However, there is a battle that will be unforgettable for generations to come – a battle fought by a young, horse-riding woman who received the title of Rani Laxmibai, an Indian ‘queen’.

Laxmibai was married to Maharaja Raja Gangadhar Rao of Jhansi in 1842. In 1851, they had a son. But unfortunately the child died. After his son’s death, the king decided to adopt his brother’s son, Anand Rao. But the British Governor-General of India, Lord Dalhousie, refused to recognize the adopted son of the Maharaja as his official successor and revoked Jhansi under the principle of Jhansi. ‘