Rani Lakshmi Bhai, Symbol of Courage and Bravery
Rani Lakshmi Bhai:
Rani Lakshmi Bhai, who was a very courageous and Bravery. Still, Rani Lakshmi Bhai seated in the hearts of every Indian lover. Without knowing about Rani Lakshmi Bhai, knowing about Indian freedom struggle not completes.
Many Indian leaders fought against the British rule in India for many years, some showed bravery and courage, some sacrifice their lives in the sake of getting Independence. Some turned as extremists and some followed peace methods. But Jhansi Lakshmi Bhai was really different in fighting against British rule.
In India the first freedom fight was started in 1857, it is also called as Sypai Mutiny. Rani Lakshmi Bhai participated in the first freedom fight and became a leading warrior and left an indelible mark on the Indian freedom movement. She infused other freedom fighters with her courageous fight in the war against the British. She was successful in playing the role of women in Indian society.
Rani Lakshmi Bhai Brief Biography:
Rani Lakshmi Bhai was born on 19, November 1828 in a Brahmin family. Her family had great respect in the society and had a close relation with the Maharajas of Jhansi. Manikarnika was her first initial name but her family members called her Manu. At very early age she was trained in horse riding, shooting and fencing. She never steps back of doing the adventurous tasks. Her formal education was completed in local school. At the age of 16, she married Raja Gangadhar Rao, who was the then Maharaja of Jhansi. She gave birth to a boy child, unfortunately, the child not survived for a long time.
Tragic Incidents in Jhansi Lakshmi Bhai Life:
Soon after the death of the child Raja Gangadhar Rao fell sick. In those days British rulers brought an order that the kings who have no heir those kingdoms merge into British India, So Rani Lakshmi Bhai and her husband Gangadhar Rao decided to adopt Damodar Rao as their son for next heir to the Jhancy Kingdom. But Gangadhar’s health became very worse and died on November 21, 1853. Rani Lakshmi Bhai faced two tragic deaths, however, she shows the courage of Rani. Gradually she recovered from the lamentation and took over all the responsibilities of Jhansi Kingdom.
War Against British and Death:
Then Lord Dalhousie did not considered Damodar Rao as the legal heir of Jhansi due to the adoption. Then the British officials sent the message of merging Jhansi into British India. Rani Lakshmi Bai refuse to surrender to British and ready to fight with British in armed force battle. She formed an army of men and women warriors and trained them in Militory techniques. She fiercely fought with British, finally British got victory in March, 1858. Then she moved Gwalior and met Tantya Tope for support to continue her fight against the British. Her brave and courageous fight encouraged many warriors in later years, however she lost her life in the battle of Gawlior on 18, June 1958.