Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi

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Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi

Born:19 November 1828

Died:18 June 1858

  • She was a legendary figure and one of the leading warriors of India’s first struggle for independence.
  • She was the queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India currently present in Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became a symbol of resistance to the British Raj for Indian nationalists.
  • She was named Manikarnika and was nicknamed Manu.
  • She was afterwards called Lakshmibai (or Laxmibai) in honour of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
  • A number of patriotic songs have been written about the Rani.
  • The most famous composition about Rani Lakshmi Bai is the Hindi poem Jhansi ki Rani written by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan. An emotionally charged description of the life of Rani Lakshmibai, it is often taught in schools in India,A popular stanza from it reads:
  • बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी,खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।।

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