Jarai Ka Math

Jarai Ka Math
Jarai Ka Math Baruasagar

Located about 18 km from Jhansi city on the Jhansi – Khajuraho road, it is believed to be built by Pratihara ruler. To the north-east of the Baruasagar lake are the ruins of two old Chandela temples. Nearby is the later Gupta period temple known as Jarai-ka-Math. It is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati. The eastern side of its shikhara is lavishly ornamented with massive stone sculpture.

It is a stone temple built during 9th century. Located about 18 km from Jhansi city on the Jhansi – Khajuraho road, it is believed to be built by Pratihara ruler. The temple consists of various kinds of sculptures including the beautiful sensuous ones depicted on the walls.

Atal Ekta Park

Atal Ekta Park
Atal Ekta Park Jhansi

Atal Ekta Park is located in Jhansi city in civil line area. It comprises grand library surrounded by beautiful park. There is cultural stage where folk artists of Jhansi division perform their art and other various activities.

Narayan Bagh

Narayan Bagh
An aerial view of the Narayan Bagh

The government gardens are located in Narayan Bagh area. The park is host to numerous species of plants. Colorful flowers can be seen in full bloom during their respective seasons. Some very old trees can also be seen in the park. It is a favorite spot for morning walkers nature lovers. People come here from far corners of the city for walking and exercises. An annual exhibition of vegetables, fruits and flowers is organized here every February.

Sati Pillar Memorial

Sati Pillar
Sati Pillars revered by the locals inside the temple complex

The remarkable 56 Sati pillars can be seen in the village Dhikoli about 10 km away from Erich town on the right bank of river Betwa. It is believed that Hiranyakashyap threw his son Prahlad from the top of a hill located in the village. This was the reason that village came to be known as Dhikoli (a place from where Prahlad was pushed). The sati
stone belongs to late medieval period.

Major Dhyanchand

Major Dhyanchand Jhansi

Although born in Allahabad, owing to his father’s numerous army transfers, Dhyanchand finally settled in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India after six years of schooling. Major Dhyan Chand took Indian hockey to soaring heights
at the global level. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players in the history. He was known for his
extraordinary ball control and goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936, during an era where India dominated in field hockey.
His influence extended beyond these victories, as India won the field hockey event in seven out of eight Olympics
from 1928 to 1964. Known as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control, Chand played internationally from 1926 to 1949, where he scored 570 goals in 185 matches according to his autobiography, Goal, and over 1000 goals in his entire domestic and international career.
BBC called him the “hockey’s equivalent of Muhammad Ali”. The Government of India awarded Chand India’s third
highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan in 1956. His birthday, 29th August, is celebrated as National Sports Day
in India every year. India’s highest sporting honour, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is named after him.

Government Museum Jhansi

Government Museum Jhansi
Government Museum

The State Government Museum of Jhansi is situated in the heart of Jhansi and is surrounded by beautiful parks. It has a fine collection of terracotta, bronzes, weapons, sculptures, manuscripts, painting and coins of gold, silver and copper. Weapons, statues, dresses and photographs that represent the Chandela dynasty and a picture gallery of the Gupta period are the highlights.

Palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai

Palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai
Palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai

While a number of buildings in Jhansi are associated with the life of Rani Laxmibai, one of the most prominent but
often ignored buildings is the Rani Mahal, where she lived from 1853 to 1857.
Located inside Jhansi city, it was in the Rani Mahal that Indian fighters approached the Rani and urged her to take
over the leadership of the Revolt in 1857. After they annexed Jhansi in 1853 under the Doctrine of Lapse, the British East India Company forced Rani Laxmibai to vacate the fort and move to the Raj Mahal in the old city. She lived here from 1853 to 1857. As a result, it came to be known as ‘Rani Mahal’. The most magnificent room in the building is the richly painted Durbar Hall on the first floor, where the Rani used to hold her court. It was here that the Rani met the famous British lawyer John Lang in 1854, for her legal battle against the British East India Company, after they annexed Jhansi. And it is here, during one of these meetings, that she is said to have exclaimed, “Main Apni Jhansi nahi doongi”