Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jhansi Fort -1

The Jhansi fort (state: Uttar Pradesh) is built by Raja Vir Singh Judeo of Orcha in 1613 on a hilltop called Bangra. The fort covers a sprawling area of 15 acres and this massive fortification with 22 bastions measures about 312m in length and 225m in width. 

There are 10 gates to enter this fort. The important sights in the fort are the two temples - Shiva temple, Ganesh temple, the palace - Panch Mahal, and the Kadak Bijli cannon used in the freedom struggle of 1857.


The fort was a residence of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, who fought British army and attained martyrdom. In the fort one of the most important location is the place from where queen jumped out of the fort on horseback.
She tied her adopted son on her back and jumped from top of the fort on her horse Pavan. The height of the fort walls on the hillock clearly highlights the courage she had shown.

Once out of the fort she regrouped her army and attacked Gwalior Fort which was under the control of British. She successfully captured this much bigger fort from the British.


51 comments:

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

She was a heroine, truly. People have named their children Jhansi Rani in her honour, without the Lakshmi

Greener Bangalore said...

modern Indian women can learn a lesson or two from great warriors like her....instead of demanding and debating for 33% reservation.........

kavita said...

Rani Laxmi Bai ..she is my hero ! I am fascinated by all the history this place holds.Must have been a memorable trip .Thanks for sharing.

V Rakesh said...

Interesting post!

Anya said...

I think that fort is a nice place to visit :))
Great action from the queen to jump out of the fort ......
I hope she didn't hurt Pavan ;)
Funny story today :)

Zuzana said...

Very interesting story complimented by lovely pictures. We too have stories in our fables where the heroes jump from large heights onto the horse back to lead their army.
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joo said...

It's huge and interesting!

George said...

While the fort itself is very impressive, the story of the queen is even more so. Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us.

REGINA said...

Nice fort. Thank you for the tour.
Happy SWF.

Bhuvan Gupta said...

Hey Rajesh,

Nice pictures, was thinking of visiting Jhansi myself sometime in June, do you think its a good time to visit then ?

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Carol said...

What a massive fort! There is a lot of history there. Nice shots....

Sylvia K said...

Another fascinating post, Rajesh! And superb photos! Thanks as always for the history that so enhances the photos! Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Kcalpesh said...

Beautiful! Even I look forward to visit this place with a remarkable history!

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Coffeeveggie addict. said...

a very beautiful fort,thank you for sharing it with us

Carver said...

What an interesting fort and great shots.

Robin said...

The queen must have been quite a woman to jump with her son on her back. What a fascinating place.

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Phivos Nicolaides said...

Great history beautiful photos!

Denise said...

I love traveling to India through your magnificent photos. Thank you :)

Khim said...

nice story...good info...about this place...

Lovely photos specially the family...

Happy friday...

Pearl Maple said...

Nice photos of the local scenery and do like your finding more tales of female heros as well. Have a great weekend.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful pictures as always from a beautiful country.
Wish you a great weekend:-)

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful pictures as always from a beautiful country.
Wish you a great weekend:-)

eden said...

Another great post, Rajesh! Great shots. And thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend

Manang Kim said...

Beautiful shot! When I see Forts I wonder how they made it so beautiful, thick and strong. I also wonder how many people do work for it in order for their king and queen or their city is protected by the conquerors. Is it amazing that in this day and generation we don't have to do that? Happy weekend!

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Jossie said...

Great post again. Never knew that India had so may historic buildings.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

cool story. there are so many forts in your country!!
~laura

eileeninmd said...

Love your temple photos and the story of Rani Laxmi Bai.

J Bar said...

Great.
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Arlene said...

Thanks for sharing this photos of your place. Nice one and interesting history.

Happy weekend and happy skywatching!

LadyFi said...

Another impressive building!

magiceye said...

great post!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Interesting post with lovely photos.

Rani Laxmi Bai is an amazing lady who loved freedom.Her courage and bravery is outstanding.

If I remember right, there is a huge statue of the Rani on her horse back in Gwalior.

I enjoyed visiting this fort with you.

Have a nice day:)
Joseph

Pietro said...

Very nice and interesting post, beautiful views.
Happy Sky Watch!

Mridula said...

I have not yet visited fort but one day soon when the weather too, let us see.

Vernz said...

Hi Rajesh, this is very interesting... enjoyed the tour.

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SandyCarlson said...

An incredible structure.

Arasu said...

The structure of Jhansi fort is magnificent!The architecture too is great.

Glennis said...

The Queen was indeed a brave women, but pity the poor horse she jumped n to, history doesn't relate whether the animal survived such a landing.
Lovely photos of the area.

Ann said...

I had dinner at an Indian friend's house. She gave a History lesson. She said India was occupied by the French and British at the same time. I never knew this.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful pictures; I love the snippets of history that you give us too. You have a country with a great history of strong women! that is good to know.

radha said...

Lovely pictures. Forts are such amazing structures. So much thought would have gone in their construction.

Diane AZ said...

Glad to learn about the fort and the history of the powerful woman!

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R.Ramakrishnan said...

WOW !
That was an amazing post - Jhansi Ki Rani "Lakshmibai" represents exemplary and selfless courage from a princess, unparallelled in the annals of Indian history. This magnificent heroine of the Indian freedom struggle against the British is seldom remembered or celebrated these days.
Cheers
Ram

ilovepink said...

Interesting place and its history.

frayedattheedge said...

super photos, and an interesting piece of history

wanderlust said...

Cool, interesting history lesson too.

Janie said...

Wow, the queen's jump was impressive. Looks like a beautiful fort with lots of history attached.

JM said...

All forts in India are amazing and this is no exception!

Baron's Life said...

Very interesting story abd a huge fort

Rajesh said...

Raji, Greener, Kavita, Robin, Joseph, Ram: Thanks. Yes, Rani Laxmi Bai is one of the bravest women India has ever seen.

Rakesh, George, Joo, Regina, Carol, Sylvia, Coffeeveggie, Carver, Denise, Phivos, Khim,

Maple, Spiderdama, Eden: Thanks for the appreciation.

Anya, Glennis: Thanks. Pavan was hurt a bit. But he was there with her till her last breath.

Kim, Jossie, Laura, eileeninmd, J Bar, Arlene, LadyFi, Deepak, Pietro, Vernz, Sandy, Arasu, Sallie, Radha, Diane, Grace: Thanks for the appreciation.

Zuzana: Thanks, this is a true incident that happened in those days.

ilovepink, frayedattheedge, Janie, wanderlust, JM, Baron: Thanks for the appreciation.

Ann: Thanks. At one time India was occupied by lot of people for its wealth.

Bhuvan, Kcapesh, Mridula: Thanks, it is a nice place to vist. I was there in December.