ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Jhansi - Where a legend of a gallant queen was born

Updated on December 9, 2010
Jhansi fort 1
Jhansi fort 1
Jhansi fort 2
Jhansi fort 2
Jhansi fort 3
Jhansi fort 3
Rani Mahal (front view)
Rani Mahal (front view)
Rani Mahal 2
Rani Mahal 2
Durbar Hall inside Rani Mahal
Durbar Hall inside Rani Mahal
Art work inside Rani Mahal 1
Art work inside Rani Mahal 1
Art work inside Rani Mahal 2
Art work inside Rani Mahal 2
One of the cannons of Jhansi fort
One of the cannons of Jhansi fort
Jhansi fort 3
Jhansi fort 3
The Mazar of three patriots
The Mazar of three patriots
View from Jhansi fort
View from Jhansi fort

Jhansi, formerly called Balawantnagar, is a small town in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is close to Orchha, now in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the capital of the powerful Bundela kings.

Bundela King Raja Bir Sing Ju Deo built a massive fort on a small hill here in 1613 A.D.

The fort measures about 312m in length and 225m in width, & is perhaps the most heavily fortified fort of Uttar Pradesh,if not of whole of India.

The fort has ten gates ( Darwaza) including Khandero Gate, Datia gate, Unnao gate, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orcha Gate, Sainyar Gate & Chand gate.

 The fort was a major stronghold during the Sepoy uprising of 1857. The uprising against the British in Jhansi was led by the queen of Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, popularly called Jhansi ki Rani.

 In June 1857, at the beginning of the uprising, men of the 12th native infantry seized the fort and killed the European officers of the garrison. The Rani put herself at the head of the soldiers fighting against the British. But internal quarrels & treachery by some members of the royal family caused the downfall of the uprising in Jhansi.In early 1858, the combined forces of  Lieutenant Walker and General Huroze of the British army attacked Jhansi. Queen Lakshmi Bai gallantly fought with sword in hand on a horse-back, but ultimately was defeated. She died a hero's death, & entered into the history as a gallant & brave patriotic queen, never seen before or afterward in the history of India.

The British ceded the fort to the maharaja of Scindia in 1858, but later exchanged it for Gwalior in 1866.

Among places of interest within the main fort area are the Karak Bijli Tope (cannon), Rani Jhansi Garden, two temples viz. a Shiva temple and a Ganesha temple, & the Mazar of Ghulam Gaus Khan,the chief gunner who was in charge of a huge cannon known as the KARAK BIJLI TOPE;  Moti Bai who was a woman gunner, and Khuda Baksh, the head of the cavalry.The mazar is a fine example of patriotism over religion.

The fort stands as a mute witness to the valour of the Queen Rani Laxmi Bai.

Besides the fort, other places of tourist attraction of Jhansi are Rani Mahal & several museums.

Rani Mahal:

Rani Mahal was the palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai embelished with multi colored art and painting on its walls and ceilings. The palace is a double storied structure with open courtyards. It has six halls, with parallel verandas.

The palace had witnessed one of the fierce battles of the freedom struggle in which 50 body guards of Rani were killed by the British Army.

Presently this palace is converted into a museum. It has a huge collection of Sculptures of the period between the 9th and 12th Centuries AD.

Apart from the Museum, Durbar Hall in the second floor is also worthy for a watch.

Jhansi, with its mute history of the freedom struggle of India, is a must for all patriotic Indians, & for anyone who loves history.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      beauty honey 

      4 years ago

      she is a brave women nd a sgreat freedom fighter.she is naughty in childage

    • profile image

      s.sivanantham 

      5 years ago

      rani laxmibai was an indian king

    • profile image

      s.sivanantham 

      5 years ago

      i like the great queen rani laxmibai

    • profile image

      ansu 

      6 years ago

      bundele har bolo ke munh hamne suni kahani thi

      khoob ladi mardani woh toh jhansi wali rani thi

      jhansi ki rani ki jai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • profile image

      Dr. Bratati Hore 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful, but some facts may be added :

      1) Source of the name-JHANSI referring the queen's famous remark ----- jhasi dikhai dete.

      2) Nirad c. Chaudhury, the famous writer once said --atmo bristrito jati (nation can't remember it's own glory). Perhaps right, otherwise how come we don't show our homage to JHANSI---we r more interested to have a look at Gwalior,a trusted ally of the

      British instead!

      3) want to know thru which gate BAISAHEBA broke British blockade & went outside JHANSI with ANANDO ?

      4) Want to know more about the infamous BIJAN,by the British?

    • profile image

      Upma Nayyar 

      7 years ago

      Rani Lakshmi Bai is still alive in the Indian hearts.

      May her soul rest in peace.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)