Was Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi really the heroine? Or the lines of poet Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’s poem ‘Bahut Ladi Mardaani Woh To Jhansi Wali Rani Thi’ were somewhat exaggerated. It is no less interesting to know how a 29-year-old woman created trouble for the mighty British army and made the opponents proud of her valor. After all, what was it that the kings of all the princely states of the country could not do and Rani Lakshmibai did? How did Rani Laxmibai show such fighting skills in a country where taking up arms is considered a big deal for women?
Manu studied at home and Nana Saheb and Tatya Tope were his childhood friends. He also learned shooting and mallakhamb. Manikarnika was married to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Navalkar of Jhansi in 1842 and was named Lakshmibai on the day of her marriage. In 1851, they also had a son who died four months after he was born. A day before his death, Maharaja Gangadhar adopted his cousin’s son Ananda Rao, who was named Damodar Rao. The British attacked Jhansi on March 23, 1858, and by April 3, a battle ensued in which Tatya Tope supported Rani Lakshmibai, which prevented the British from entering Jhansi for 13 days. Finally, on 4 April, the British entered Jhansi and Lakshmibai had to leave Jhansi. Rani reached Kalpi in a single day where she was joined by Nana Saheb Peshwa, Rao Saheb and Tatya Tope. Then they all reached Gwalior where a decisive battle took place.
Rani Lakshmibai’s final, but historic, battle began on 17 June. Rani Lakshmibai was surrounded by British siege under The Heroes. The queen was shot, after which she set out with her trusted soldiers. Chasing him, a British soldier’s sword hit him on the head, but his body was snatched from the British by his trustees and he was immediately cremated so that even his mortal remains could not be handed over to the British. Even though Rani Laxmibai could not win over the British, the British soldiers and generals were convinced of Rani Laxmibai’s bravery.