The Queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut, will soon be seen as the main lead in ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. It’s an Indian epic biographical film which is based on one of the greatest freedom fighters of our country- Rani Laxmi Bai. Prominent as Jhansi Ki Rani, Rani Laxmi Bai is still remembered for her determination and valor. Hopefully, we all will see a glimpse of the same as Kangana plays the role of the first woman martyr in her upcoming flick.
Below we have compiled 13 interesting facts about Rani Laxmi Bai that you should know prior to the release of the film:
- The exact date of birth of Rani Laxmi Bai is still not certain. In fact, it’s still a topic of debate. But she was probably born on the 19th of November 1828 in Varanasi.
- Soon after her birth, she was named Manikarnika. At the early age of 7, she got married to Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, the King of Jhansi. It was after her marriage that she adopted the name Lakshmi Bai.
- In her childhood, she was addressed as ‘Chabbili’ by Peshwa. Chabbili means ‘Playful’ in the Hindi language.
- Owing to her education which included disciplines such as fencing, shooting, and horsemanship, Rani Laxmi Bai was a braveheart since her childhood.
- She became the ruler of Jhansi at the age of 18.
- In the year 1851, she was blessed with a baby boy. However, he died just 4 months after his birth.
- Her marriage to Gangadhar Rao didn’t last long. He was also inexperienced in handling the affairs of the state. The Britishers took the advantage of the same and seized Jhansi. However, Rani Laxmi Bai was given a pension of 5,000/- and asked to leave the fort as a ruler.
- It is believed that she didn’t want any of the Britishers to capture her body. Thus, she asked a hermit to burn it. Later, she was cremated by a few locals.
- A senior British officer, in a report of India’s first war of independence, described Rani Laxmi Bai as personable, clever, and beautiful.
- Rani Mahal, Rani Laxmi Bai’s Palace, is still present in the form of a museum. This museum hosts a collection of archaeological sculptures which are over 1200 years old.
- Some of the renowned institutions named after her include the Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education in Gwalior, Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College in Jhansi and the Rani Jhansi Marine National Park located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- In the Indian Army, there is a women’s unit named ‘Rani of Jhansi Regiment.’
- In the honour of her birthday in 1957, the Government of India issued two postage stamps.