Learn about the life of Lakshman Rao Jhansiwale, who is one of the most important figures in Indian history. The article will cover his childhood, family background and achievements.
– Lakhsman Rao Jhansiwale was son of Damodar Rao of Jhansi, the adopted son of Raja Gangadhar Rao and legendary Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi State. He started using the surname, Jhansiwale after the land of their forebears, Jhansi. He lived a penury life and worked as typist at Indore.
– Lakhsman Rao was born on 19 January 1916 in a middle-class family of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. His father was a clerk with the Jhansi Administration and worked under the Caste system. Lakhsman Rao’s family roots started from a poor farmer in the village of “Khuttam” near Jhansi.
– He completed his schooling in Indore and also briefly studied at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi but did not pursue further education to get a degree, as he wanted to serve Rani Laxmibai and fulfill her wishes. – Lakhsman Rao participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement as a volunteer and was jailed for one year for taking part in the movement.
– Lakhsman Rao’s life mission was to propagate the memories of Rani Lakshmibai and her brave deeds. He chose the path of Sikhism, as the religion of his State was Hinduism, but he wanted to keep his message open to all religions.
– Lakhsman Rao came back to Jhansi after being released from jail. He started living a poor lifestyle, gave up on all his material possessions and focussed on travel around India. He was a free-spirited gentleman, who was fond of all types of music and dance.
– Lakhsman Rao died on 31 March 1989 in Allahabad.
– Lakhsman Rao Jhansiwale had one son, Parmatma Rao Jhansiwale, who carried on his father’s mission for the masses. He was born in Bangalore on 20 January 1937.
– Parmatma Rao lives in Bangalore and also works as a journalist writing columns under the pen name of “Rao Upadhyaya”. – One day, he received an invitation to visit Jhansi via a newspaper advertisement which claimed that Lakhsman Rao’s fortune could be used to help poor people. – Parmatma Rao arrived in Jhansi on 10 January 2006 and was received by Lakhsman Rao’s family during his visit. His stay lasted for three days, but he had a pleasant experience and felt good in the human company.
– Parmatma Rao Jhansiwale married the beautiful daughter of Lakhsman Rao’s grand nephew, Shyamsundar Bairwa on 27 December 1991. The couple has five children, two daughters and three sons.
– It is said that Parmatma Rao is planning to release an autobiography to mark his father’s death centenary celebrations.
The following personal details are available on Lakshman Rao:
– Date of Birth: 19 January 1916
– Date of Death: 31 March 1989
– Nationality: Indian
– Religion: Sikhism
– Father: Damodar Rao (Shakti Peetha, Jhansi)
– Mother: Laxmi Bai (Shakti Peetha, Jhansi)
– Spouse/Sons (Daughter): Parmatma Rao and Shyamsundar Bairwa. – Sons (Daughters): Saurabh, Singhvi, Gaurav and Anshul
– Occupation: Civil Disobedience in Banaras University
– Residence: Jhansi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
– First wife: N/A
– Second wife: N/A.
How did he become so famous?
– Still remembered by the people in the region as a great son of the soil.
What was his contribution to India?
– While Lakhsman Rao was living a penury life, he married Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi State and started writing a conspiracy theory on how she was betrayed by Shah Alam II who wanted Rani’s father to be made King of Jhansi. He also wrote a diary which portrayed himself as an important person in Jhansi State and claimed that he had killed Shah Alam II at Fatehgarh Fort.
– He helped Rani Laxmibai write the Jhansi State conspiracy theory and supported it by writing a diary and other writings.
– Lakhsman Rao along with Rani Laxmibai also wrote a book titled “Raghuveer-Lok Tera Deva” in which they claimed that Maharaja Rajendra Pratap Singh was sent to Patna by the British Raj. This book was written in 1876, when British India was not yet founded.
– He also wrote “Jhansi Ki Sagothi”, a story about the forces of evil which were trying to oppress Rani Laxmibai’s rules.
– Lakhsman Rao also helped in spreading Rani Laxmibai’s famous message on Hindu Rashtra.
– He also wrote a book titled “Chhatrapati Shahu Maharana Ki Sanga” which was about the war of 1857 that led to the defeat of the British for the first time. In this book Lakhsman Rao claimed that Lord Dalhousie had given all land owned by Hindus to Shah Alam II, who was killed by Lakhsman Rao in Fatehgarh Fort.
– He wrote several books about Rani Lakshmibai, her life and her bravery but all his writings have been lost due to his penury. – A diary written by Rani Laxmibai was found in the Jhansi Fort after it fell to the British in June 1858. It is said that Lakhsman Rao also helped her write this diary. This diary was later translated into English with the title, “The Queen of Jhansi”.
– The book, “Raghuveer – Samagra Kavya” was written by Lakhsman Rao, in which he tried to make out that there was no continuity between the Hindu rule and British rule. He wrote that the British Raj had no right to rule India as it was not a direct descendant of Lord Rama.