Maharani Laxmibai (Rani of Jhansi)

This time, we have brought a very special audio series for all of you, where you will learn about the Queen of Jhansi, “Lakshmi Bai,” and discover her journey from “Manikarnika” to becoming “Maharani Lakshmi Bai.” You will see how she displayed patriotism and confronted the British, only on “Audio Pitara.”

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Guess which woman is known for fighting as bravely as men do. Right, she was the Queen of Jhansi. This is the story of “Manikarnika,” also known as “Lakshmi Bai,” whose birth took place on November 16, 1834, in Varanasi. Her father’s name was Moropant Tambe, and her mother’s name was Bhagirathi Bai. While her real name was Manikarnika, people affectionately called her Mannu. In 1842, she got married to King Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, and in 1851, she gave birth to a son. Let’s listen to her journey from childhood to marriage, only on “Audio Pitara.”
Here, we will learn about the reign of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, who was affectionately called “Kaka-saheb” by the people. He was intelligent, compassionate, and devoted to his kingdom. Despite all this, he lost his three-month-old son. Later, he adopted a child named Damodar Gangadhar Rao and declared him as his heir. Who was Anand Rao? Did people recognize him as their king later on or did he have to face rejection from his people? Let’s find out only on “Audio Pitara.”
In this episode, we will learn about how Rani Lakshmi Bai was ordered to hand over her husband’s kingdom to the British government and how Jhansi was merged into the British territory. Finally, we will discover about how the adopted child “Daamodar Gangadhar Rao” was prevented from inheriting the kingdom and how Rani Lakshmi Bai aimed to regain her kingdom. Let’s listen to the struggles of Lakshmi Bai, only on “Audio Pitara.”
Here, we will learn about how Rani Lakshmi Bai made the decision to fight against the British and free Jhansi from their rule. Let’s find out how she led a battle against a force of 30,000 soldiers, with a handful of selected companions. Discover how she inspired people around her with her wisdom and humility, rallying them together to fight unitedly. Listen to more about her life in detail, only on “Audio Pitara.”
The battle had begun, but Rani Lakshmi Bai had a small group of selected soldiers against the British forces that numbered in the thousands. The British soldiers were gaining the upper hand in the battle, and they had surrounded the fort from all sides. With no apparent way out, the Rani had to make a tough decision. Did she fight until her last breath, or did she surrender to the British government? Let’s find out in this episode only on “Audio Pitara”.
Seeing her army being defeated, Rani became worried. Meanwhile, the Britishers offered a condition that they would spare the lives of her soldiers if she left Jhansi. Reluctantly, Rani Lakshmi Bai agreed to leave. The British started oppressing the people of Jhansi, and Rani stayed within the fort with Damodar Rao. As time went on, English soldiers attacked her when she was alone. It was at this moment that Rani Lakshmi Bai tied her son to her back and fought bravely against the British soldiers. What would be the outcome of this battle? What happened to Rani and Damodar Rao? Listen to the entire episode to know what happened, only on “Audio Pitata.”
Indeed, it’s rightly said that “The achievements of great souls are accomplished through their true valor, not just through their efforts.” Rani Laxmi Bai was a true warrior, who, with the help of a few Peshwa soldiers, triumphed over a vast Gwalior army. She resided with Raja Rao Saheb in Gopalpur after the war, and there, she continued to resist against the Sindhia rule that supported the British. Eventually, in a place named Naulakha, she attained her resting place. What led to her demise? Let’s find out only on “Audio Pitara.”
Upon hearing the sudden news of Rani’s death, her friends Rao Sahab Peshwa and Tatya Tope were in grief. Although they managed to overcome the Sindhia and Gwalior forces, they couldn’t establish a lasting rule. Eventually, after Rani’s demise, the British attacked them again, and Jiyaji Rao was handed over to the Sindhia rule. What happened to Rani’s friends after this? Did they contemplate fighting the British once again? To know, listen to this episode only on “Audio Pitara.”
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