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Jhansi; the emblem of heroism, the dazzling trademark of gallantry and the ‘Karmabhumi’ of Rani Lakshmibai; an epitome of bravery & unyielding self-esteem invokes the spirit of patriotism in every Indian just by the utterance of its name. Jhansi; a saga of courage and a living epic of chauvinism paints a vivid picture of ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ relentlessly fighting against the British Army to protect her Motherland. The fortitude shown by the Queen of Jhansi and other contemporary freedom fighters heralded the ‘First War of Independence’ and paved the way for the ‘sans souci’ lifestyle we are leading today.
Nested on the south western periphery of the Tarai Plains of Uttar Pradesh and sandwiched between the waterways of Pahuj and Betwa Rivers, Jhansi an important Central Indian conurbation is fittingly deemed the ‘Gateway to Bundelkhand’. Mushroomed around the legendary Fort of Jhansi; the Jhansi City today functions as the governmental command center of the Jhansi District & Division. Previously known by the appellations ‘Balwant Nagar’ and ‘Shankargarh’, Jhansi received its present rubric after an articulation made by the Raja of Orchha.
As the legend goes when the King of Orchha was seated atop the roof of his palace accompanied by his friend the King of Jaitpur, he was asked by the Raja of Jaitpur if he could sight the new fortress erected upon the Bangara Hill. The Raja of Orchha replied saying ‘Jhainsi’ which in local tongue meant ‘rather vague’. Over the decades the term ‘Jhainsi’ changed into ‘Jhansi’ and thus the fort as well as the city that developed around the fort came to be known as ‘Jhansi’.
Dotted with numerous historical edifices and several very well preserved exemplars of our former architectural ingenuity Jhansi apart from conserving the mementos of India’s glorious past has also progressed in the contemporary domains of industrial, mercantile and educational upgrading. The city features a prolific demeanor marked with the unique blend of grand historical heritage and the au courant modernism. Aggrandized for its strategic geographical location, Jhansi today serves as the passageway to the East-West & North-South Corridor linking Kashmir to Kanyakumari.