Jhansi is specially known in the memories of Indians for brave Lakshmi Bai who later on renowned as Jhansi ki Rani (queen of Jhansi). When King Gangadhar Rao died in 1853, his widow and successor rani Lakshmibai was forcibly pulled back by British. During the Indian uprising also famous as First War of Independence in 1857, Rani Lakshmibai was at the forefront of Jhansi's rebellion. They forced British force to take a back seat but in next year they took the advantage of interior conflict between rebel forces and defeated the Jhansi rebels. Rani of Jhansi fled to Gwalior. She fought her last breath, in her last stand she rode out against the British disguised as a man and subsequently became a heroine of Indian independence.
Sights And ActivitiesJhansi Fort
It was established by Maharaja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha in 1653. The local guides can tell you some exciting stories about the blood letting took place within its double walls and moats that were inhabited by crocodiles. The fort is on the hill top called Bangra. Fort is an architectural wonder because of its beauty and size. During the reign of Peshwas, Jhansi fort was the stronghold of that area because it was situated at a strategic location of the center.
The Jhansi museum or state museum is located below the fort. It is a nice place to know the history and heritage of Jhansi and Bundelkhand region. The museum showcases some beautiful miniature paintings, illustrated manuscripts, terracotta sculptures, weapons, dresses, and photographs from the Chandela Dynasty. Also it houses potraits of Rani Lakshmibai, cricketers and politicians.
The place was a home of Rani Rani Lakshmibai. It is a beautiful palace adorned with colorful paintings and artworks in its fences and walls. The state government has now changed Rani Mahal to a museum that houses a wide collection of sculptures and paintings of the period of 9th and 12th centuries AD. The palace comprises of arched chambers in the region of the open courtyard gives a splendid outlook. The palace has a distinctive character of Bundelkhand architecture.
Jhansi festival a locally organised cultural program of music, arts and dance commences on 28th February. The festival is also known as St. Jude Festival when thousands Christians pilgrims converge on St Jude's Church to plead their case to the patron saint of lost causes.
Maha Lakshmi Temple
The presiding deity of this temple is goddess Devi Mahalakshmi. The temple was constructed in 18th century. It is a nice place to visit as you will witness several devotees come to take the blessing of Mahalakshmi.