Bundelon Harbolon ke munh hamne suni kahani thi,
Khoob lari mardani, Who to Jhansi wali Rani thi,
(We have heard story of valour from Bundel bards,
She fought valiantly as she was the Queen of Jhansi)
These inspiring lines of the legendary poetess Subhadra Kumari Chauhan cause goose bumps and recreate the bravery of the young Queen of Jhansi Rani Laxmi Bai before our eyes.
Jhansi was an important centre of India’s first mutiny against the British in 1857 . The city made famous because of the valour of young queen, etched in golden words in Indian history.
Jhansi is the gateway to the legendary Bundelkhand region known for the gallantry and courage of its inhabitants. It was a stronghold of the Chandela kings but lost its glory after the downfall of the dynasty in 12th century. It rose to prominence again in the 17th century under King Bir Singh Judeo of Orchha.
Jhansi has become synonymous with Rani Laxmibai. Her’s is a story, which should be told to every generation of Indian living in every nook and corner of the world. She, along with Jhalkari Bai, Gaus Khan and others, led forces against the British in 1857, and sacrificed her life for the cause of India's independence when she was only about 22 years old. She was an example of leadership and courage. She also raised an army of about 1000 women who were trained in horse-riding and using arms and ammunition.
Places of Interest
The artistic grandeur of the Chandelas is still evident in the monuments and other ancient structures standing in the city. Apart from the historic Fort of Jhansi, magnificent temples, churches, Government Museum and the Rani Mahal, Jhansi is also home to a military aviation base .
The early 17th century fort was made by Raja Bir Singh on top of a hill known as Bangara as an army stronghold. The Karak Bijli canyon is within the fort. There is also a museum near the fort which has a collection of sculpture and provides an insight into the history of Bundelkhand.
The Government Museum holds various historical artefacts and the entire first floor is dedicated to Rani Laxmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi. It contains pictures, model caricatures, and also weapons of the bygone era. There is also a picture gallery of the Gupta period. There are also terracottas, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings and coins.
The Rani Mahal was the palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai and has now been converted into a museum. It houses a collection of archaeological remains of the period between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.
Mahalakshmi temple and Ganesh temple are the most popular Hindu shrines in Jhansi. Located at Lakshmi Tal, the temple is the shrine of Goddess Lakshmi. Especially on Lakshmi Puja, the temple attracts massive crowds. The temple is also popular amongst tourists for its brilliant architecture. Ganesh temple is situated just outside the Jhansi fort. Rani Lakshmibai got married in this temple.