In 1842, Rani Lakshmi Bai got married to Raja Gangadhar Rao who was the Maharaja of Jhansi. After her marriage, she came to be known as Lakshmi Bai. In 1851, she gave birth to a son but unfortunately he died in his fourth month. After this tragic incident, Damodar Rao was adopted by the Maharaja of Jhansi as his son. Moved by the death of his son and his poor health, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao also died on 21 November 1853. When the Maharaja died, Rani Lakshmi Bai was just eighteen years old, but she didn't lose her courage and took up her responsibility.
For strengthening the defence of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai assembled an army of rebellions, which also included women. For this great cause she was supported by brave warriors like Gulam Gaus Khan, Dost Khan, Khuda Baksh, Sunder-Mundar, Kashi Bai, Lala Bhau Bakshi, Moti Bai, Deewan Raghunath Singh and Deewan Jawahar Singh. She assembled 14,000 rebels and organised an army for the defence of the city.
In March 1858, when the British attacked Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai's army decided to fight and the war continued for about two weeks. The army fought very bravely, even though Jhansi lost to the British forces. After a fierce war when the British army entered Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai, tied her son Damodar Rao to her back and fought bravely using two swords in both her hands. She escaped to the fortress of Kalpi under the cover of darkness and was accompanied by many other rebellions. She departed to Gwalior and a fierce battle was fought between the British and the Rani's army. On the unfortunate day of 17 June of 1858, this great warrior martyred her life for India's freedom.
Facts and Information about Rani Lakshmi Bai
|Born||Manikarnika Tambe, 19 November 1828|
|Place of Birth||Varanasi, India|
|Died||18 June 1858 (aged 29), Kotah ki Serai, near Gwalior, India|
|Spouse Name||Jhansi Naresh Maharaj Gangadhar Rao Newalkar|
|Chidren||She gave birth to a boy, later named Damodar Rao, in 1851, who died when four months old.|
|Education||She was educated at home and was more independent in her childhood than others of her age; her studies included shooting, horsemanship, and fencing.|
|Known for contribution as||Lakshmi Bai.|
|Awards and honours||honour of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi|
Last Updated on : August 7, 2015