Rani Lakshmibai used to go to the court with her father in her childhood.
Manikarnika, Manu, Chhabili… yes, these were some of the names of that brave queen Rani Lakshmi Bai, who shook the roots of the British. The British used to tremble on hearing his name. The mind fills with excitement while reading the poems related to him. 195 years ago, on this day, that brave woman was born in Kashi, the city of Baba Vishwanath. The day to pay homage to her is 19th November. Let us know some stories related to the life of that brave woman, daughter of the country, Rani of Jhansi, who attained martyrdom while fighting for the country at the age of just 29. She achieved so much at such a young age that she became immortal.
Famous poetess Subhadra Kumari Chauhan has written a poem on this brave woman Rani Lakshmi Bai, which is still on the lips of everyone, especially in the Hindi belt. This poem immortalized both Rani Lakshmi Bai and Subhadra Kumari Chauhan. The atrocities of the British were also recorded forever.
- The thrones were shaken and the dynasties frowned.
- There was new youth again in old India.
- Everyone recognized the value of lost freedom
- Everyone was determined to get rid of Firangi.
- The sun shone at the age of fifty-seven, that sword was old
- The story we heard from Bundele Harbolo was
- She fought hard, she was the queen of Jhansi.
Used to go to court with father in childhood
The challenges in the life of Manu, who was born in Varanasi, started at the same time when her mother Bhagirathi Bai passed away. He was only four years old. Father Moropant Tambe gave him the love of both his parents. He was an employee in the court of Peshwa Bajirao. Since there was no one in the house, Manu started going to Bajirao’s court with her father since childhood. The whole court was happy with his mischievous nature. She was lovingly named Chhabili. Peshwa Bajirao also loved Chhabili very much.
Along with scriptures, weapons were also taught.
His education was arranged. Manu was taught both weapons and scriptures. Within a few days his talent started to shine. She was eloquent. She had a sharp intellect and could not help but be influenced by Milta Manu. Later, Manu got married to King Gangadhar Rao Newalkar of Jhansi. Then her name was Rani Lakshmibai. Happiness came in the life of Gangadhar Rao-Lakshmibai when a son was born in the house. It is written in history that the whole of Jhansi was immersed in celebration, this happiness lasted only for four months and the son died.
What was the Harpo policy of the British?
Father Gangadhar Rao fell ill due to his grief and did not wake up again. He also passed away after some time. When Gangadhar Rao was ill, he adopted a child Damodar Rao. This child became the main reason for the war with the British. Because they were not ready to accept Damodar Rao as the heir of Gangadhar Rao. In fact, under the state usurpation policy, the British had made a law in which if a royal family did not have any child of its own and the king adopted a child, then he would not consider him as his heir and would take the state under his control. There are many such stories from North to South. When the British did not consider the adopted sons as heirs and captured the Nken-Praken state. The battle of Jhansi also took place for the same reason.
Then Rani Lakshmibai started the fight
Rani Lakshmibai, already immersed in the grief of her husband and son, did not like the British policy of occupying the kingdom in the name of an adopted son and despite many sorrows, she decided to fight. First she went to the British court where her petition was rejected, then she decided to fight directly. In the year 1854, Rani Lakshmibai contacted her friendly states.
Urged to show solidarity and support in war if needed. Everyone promised to support. This was the same time when the spark of freedom struggle was bursting in the country. Sporadic news started coming. Meanwhile, the British declared Jhansi as theirs. Rani Lakshmibai rejected the pension and decided in her mind that she would not give Jhansi to anyone. From here the seed of the freedom struggle in India grew rapidly towards becoming a sapling.
The princely states were dissatisfied with the British decision
Most of the princely states were dissatisfied with this decision of the British and everyone started uniting. When the queen got strength from this, she decided to fight the British. Many Hindu-Muslim kings fixed 31 May 1957 as the time for rebellion and everyone started preparing. Meanwhile, the flame of independence blazed in Meerut on 7th May 1857 and in Kanpur on 4th June. After a few days of fighting, the fighters of Kanpur declared it independent. The British became worried and decided to crush this movement swiftly. The violence and oppression increased and so did the public anger. Within no time the British army reached Jhansi for formal capture.
The historical battle of Jhansi started
The historic battle of Jhansi started on 23 March 1858. The queen herself continued fighting with a very small but well-organized army and the British had to retreat. The queen, dressed as a man, tied her son Damodar Rao on her back, sat on the horse and took the reins in her mouth. This brave woman was fighting the British with a sword in both her hands.
His own army was also with him. Following the advice of her commanders, she went to Kalpi. Contacted Tatya Tope there. Meanwhile the British kept chasing them. Meanwhile, the queen along with the allied kings captured the Gwalior fort. Here she once again came face to face with the British. While fighting them, she attained martyrdom on 18 June 1858.