Let's Watch Together- Manikarnika:The Queen of Jhansi
In Protected content , Manikarnika is born in the ghats of Varanasi. She is raised by Peshwa Bajirao II and her father, Moropant in Bithoor. A young blossoming Manu is spotted by Jhansi's minister, Dixit-Ji, slaying a tiger. Impressed by her feat, he proposes marriage between her and the Maharaja of the Maratha ruled princely state of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao. The marriage is celebrated and attended by the Jhansi residents among whom a loud, spunky woman named Jhalkari Bai makes her way to the front along with her husband Puran Singh to take a peek at their new queen. The Maharaja's relative, Sadashiv Rao plots against the king with the British officers who have promised him a part of the state when Jhansi is conquered by the Company. The Maharaja's son Damodar Rao is born but eventually dies, leaving the Maharaja weak on his deathbed. To have an heir for the succession of the Jhansi throne, the Maharaja decides to adopt a child. Much to Sadashiv's dismay, his son is not adopted and instead, Anand Rao, the son of a courtier, is named the heir. His name is changed as Lakshmi Bai instinctively calls him Damodar Rao. Sadashiv revolts and refuses to bow down to the future queen regent Lakshmi Bai and is banished from Jhansi.
After a few months, when the Maharaja dies, the Company expects to apply the Doctrine of Lapse and annex Jhansi as it does not have a male heir.
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