Fort of Jhansi or Jhansi Fort was built by Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha atop the rocky hills in 1613. It was surrounded by a huge16 to 20 feet thick granite wall as part of its fortification. The wall had ten gates each of which was named after some ruler or landmark of the kingdom.
Accordingly, there is Chand Gate, Datia Darwaza, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Orcha Gate, Sagar Gate, Unnao Gate, Khanderao Gate and Sainyar Gate. While some of these gates have disappeared with the passage of time, there are some that still stand intact.
Jhansi Fort played an important role in the history of the freedom movement as it was the centre of the 1857 war of Independence of India.
The wall of the fort bears the diorama depicting the battle fought by the brave Rani of Jhansi against the British armies. The fort has a museum that besides depicting a wide array of exhibits also houses Karak Bijlee, the cannon that terrified the British army with its lethal fire.
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