Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi


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A few images I have culled from books (and not well scanned either) and a couple of my own snaps. The links page has links to other sites with other images.

The images will appear in a separate pop-up style window which with sensible placing of the windows will enable you to simply click through the images.

With reference to the statues of the Rani which all show her on horseback, there is a story that there is a convention that if the horse has both front feet off the ground then the rider died in battle, if it is just one foot the rider died of wounds received in battle, and with all four feet planted on the ground then the rider survived all battles. This is a myth, see My thanks to Alok Mohan for this information.

Some recent snaps from Jhansi and Gwalior

Clicking on the thumbnail will pop up a window showing a larger image, as above.

The statue in Phul Bagh, Gwalior
One of two statues in Jhansi. This one is in a park and at the time of the photo had a small political meeting at its foot. Presumably some small time politician hoping to gain from her charisma.
The other statue in a small garden at a round junction.
The entrance to the Rani Mahal. Photography inside the Rani Mahal is forbidden, for no obvious reason, so what follows doesn't actually exist.
The Rani Mahal encloses a garden on 3 sides with working building on the 4th side. The majority of the Mahal is painted over and is used to display statues gathered in the Jhansi area.
Internal decoration.
Internal decoration.
Internal decoration in the portion that has not been painted over.
Internal decoration in the portion that has not been painted over, note the vandalism.
One of two large cannon on display at Jhansi Fort. This one is the Bhavani Shankar cannon which was operated by Moti Bai.
Battlements of Jhansi Fort
Battlements of Jhansi Fort. The Rani Mahal is the yellow building on the left.
Battlements of Jhansi Fort
Battlements of Jhansi Fort
Battlements of Jhansi Fort
Battlements of Jhansi Fort
The Panch Mahal, the palace inside Jhansi Fort, with some ugly extensions and communication tower in the background.
Another view of the Panch Mahal
The so-called Jumping Point. The Rani is claimed to have jumped her horse from this point on the wall to the ground below and so make her escape. The figures in red and blue give an idea of the scale. This plus the rough and sloping ground below must surely mean that any horse would have been killed, not to mention the rider. The Rani was a good rider, but physics is physics. It is somewhat more likely that she left by the gate.
The battlements of Jhansi Fort. This side of the fort wall coincides with the city wall.
The memorial to Gulam Gaus Khan, Moti Bai and Khudabaks. The three are remembered together as a symbol of unity. The Panch Mahal is in the right background along with a satellite dish...
A Shiv Temple dating from the Rani's period, there is also a Ganesh temple inside the fort near to the Gate.
Some recent decoration. There is a lot of this vandalism, whether it is a fort as here and at Gwalior, a temple, even the Rani Mahal.
Some more vandalism.

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