Jhansi, the gateway to Bundelkhand was once a stronghold of the Chandela kings. It came into prominence in 17thcentury, when Bundela ruler Bir Singh Ju Deo built the first fort in Jhansi. Today, the town is well known for its fiery queen Rani Laxmibai, who fought valiantly against the British in 1857, during the first war of Indian independence and laid down her life. The annual Jhansi festival (February to March) provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The historic fort atop a prominence moated by river Betwa was built by Raja Bir Singh. It was bequeathed to the Marathas in 1731, by the Bundela king Chhatrasal. The fort reverberates with myths and legends, especially related to the heroics of Rani Laxmi Bai. Within the embattled walls of the fort is a small shrine of Lord Ganapati, where the marriage of Laxmi Bai and Gangadhar Rao was solemnized. Nearby is a pavilion which once had an in-built shower system that drenched the king and his nobles with cool water, while they enjoyed the performance of court dancers. Relics of the house of the chief dancer, Gajra Bai is located near the pavilion.
The double storeyed palace is now used to store the sculptures excavated by Archaeological Survey of India. The fine murals on the first floor of palace are still in good condition. Nearby is the cenotaph of Gangadhar Rao.
The museum is noted for its invaluable sculptures, depicting the meaning and evolution of the finer painting from the wall of village huts is noteworthy.
Kajli Teej, Sawan, Bhaiya-Dooj, Jal-vihar (Ranipur), Nav Durga, Shivratri (Jhansi Fort) and the Jhansi Mahotsava (February to March).
Jhansi Distance Guide
|Jhansi||to||Uttar Kashi||843 Km|