ASI to set up Jhalkari Bai museum at Jhansi Fort
- Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to set up a museum in the memory of Veerangana Jhalkari Bai, a feisty soldier of Jhansi Army, who fought with British, disguising herself, as the Rani Lakshmibai. It will be established at Panch Mahal, which is a five-storey building sited in Jhansi Fort.
- ASI will exhibit the statuettes and architectural heritage in this museum to emphasize history and archaeology of Jhasi, and life of Jhalkari Bai and her queen Rani Lakshmibai.
- Veerangana Jhalkari Bai was born in an economically weak family. At first, Rani Laxshmibai included her in the Durga Sena, but Jhalkari Bai showed extraordinary courage by taking the responsibility for protecting Lakshmibai. Her striking similarity to the Jhansi’s queen was helpful, because she could easily trick the British to save Rani Lakshmibai from getting killed.
- She will always be remembered as the woman who killed a tiger by an axe, and fought the British instead of attending the last rites of her husband.
- Veerangana Jhalkari Bai
- Rani Lakshmibai