‘Rani Lakshmibai’ was born on November 19, 1835, at Kashi. Her father’s name was Moropant. Her mother’s name was Bhagirathi Devi. Laxmi’s childhood name was Manikarnika but affectionately she was called Manu in her childhood.
Rani Lakshmibai was married to Gangadhar Rao in 1842. Gangadhar Rao was the king of Jhansi. In 1851, the Rani had a son; he unfortunately died when he was barely four months old. Raja Gangadhar Rao could not bear the shock and after a long illness, he died on November 21, 1853.
Jhansi became a major center of the revolt of 1857. Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, began to strengthen security and started a volunteer army. Ordinary people also contributed to the revolt. In 1857, the kings of the neighboring state of Jhansi, Orchha and Datia attacked. Rani Lakshmibai defeated them successfully. In March 1858 the British army besieged the city of Jhansi. But Rani, with her adopted son Damodar Rao was able to escape. Rani died on June 18, 1858.
Rani Lakshmibai was the great heroine of the First War of Indian Freedom. She was the embodiment of patriotism, self-respect and heroism. Her life is a thrilling story of womanliness, courage, adventure, deathless patriotism, and martyrdom. Rani Lakshmibai was the real meaning of the ideal heroine. She was proud of not just India but the world’s women.