Everyone is well familiarised with the valiant stories of Rani Lakshmi Bai. Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi had made Indians proud.
She was born as Manikarnika on 19 November 1828. Her father’s name was Moropant Tambe and mother’s Bhagirathi Bai. Her father was a general in Bajirao Peshwa’s army. Due to the mischievous and playful nature of Manikarnika, everyone used to call her Manu.
Rani Lakshmi Bai was married to a widower Gangadhar Rao at the age of 22. They adopted a son Damodar Rao to be the next king of the empire, and Gangadhar Rao died in 1853. But the East India Company rejected the adopted son.
After the death of King Gangadhar Rao, Rani Lakshmi Bai was put to suffer to survive by the East India Company. She was sent to live in Queen’s palace on the pension of her husband.
She got the support of King Mardan Singh, Tatya Tope, and other kings. She tied Damodar Rao tightly on her back and started the battle on 23 March 1858. She fought bravely and later died.
The life of Rani Lakshmi Bai inspires all of us. She teaches us that struggle never ends until we accept failure.