Rani Lakshmi Bai
Rani Lakshmibai was born in the year 1835.
She learned horseback riding, sword fighting, and fencing at a young age. She was married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Ghangadhar Rao.
In 1851, the Rani had a son; he unfortunately died when he was barely four months old. In the year 1853, Gangadhar Rao fell sick and became very weak. So, the couple decided to adopt a child. They named him Damodar Rao.
The British weren't satisfied with the idea that Damodar was the legal heir to the throne. The governor of India said that Jhansi would be broken down since Ghangadhar had left no heir to the throne.
Because of that, a war broke out between the citizens of Jhansi and the British. This was the war of first war of independence. Rani was determined and not ready to give up Jhansi. She was a symbol of patriotism and self respect.
On March 1858, the British decided to attack Jhansi. However, Rani did not surrender and continued to valiantly fight against the British. The battle continued for two weeks.
During the battle, Rani dressed as a man, had her baby strapped to her back, she held the horse reins in her mouth, and held two swords in her hands.
Unfortunately, due to lack of support from the Kings of our kingdoms, Rani lost her life during the battle.
Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi was probably the bravest of all the leaders who fought for India’s independence against the mighty British. She died in battle as she led the Indian mutiny in 1857, the first armed uprising against British rule. Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi will always be remembered for her unbreakable patriotism and astonishing courage.