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Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants

Where are the descendants of the legendary Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi? Historians and artists of the period immortalised the young heroine of the first war of independence of 1857, who fought valiantly against the British on the horse while tightly strapping her adopted son Damodar Rao to her back. While Laxmibai was martyred, there was no recorded account of whether Damodar Rao survived the war or not?
However, researchers working on more than 400-page first ever pictorial coffee-table book “Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants – 1857-1947,” claimed that Damodar Rao did survive the war and they even traced Rao's third generation descendant’s living in anonymity in India.
Manikarnika Tambe, a daughter of priest in court of Peshwa Bajirao at Bithoor married Raja Gangadhar Rao of Jhansi and became Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. When Gangadhar Rao died, the British annexed Jhansi Estate under the Doctrine of Lapse and aggrieved by this, Rani Laxmibai joined the rebels in the first war of inde…