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Veerangana Rani Durgavati Gaurav Yatra

Veerangana Rani Durgavati Gaurav Yatra:

Home Minister Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi will attend the six-day “Veerangana Rani Durgavati Gaurav Yatra” (to honour 16th-century Gondwana kingdom queen Rani Durgavati) in Madhya Pradesh

  • Rani Durgavati (1524 – 1564) was the ruling Queen of Gondwana from 1550 until 1564.
  • She is chiefly remembered for defending her kingdom against the Mughal Empire.
  • She strengthened the alliance between the Chandel and Gond dynasties
  • Assumed leadership of the Gond kingdom around 1550 after her husband’s passing.
  • Defeated Bajbahadur, who took control of the Malwa province in 1556
  • Direct interaction between Rani Durgavati’s realm and the Mughal Empire. Abdul Majid Khan, a Mughal subedar, invaded Rani Durgavati’s realm with Akbar’s approval
  • She defended her realm from the Mughal army, and set up camp in Narrai valley. She refused to leave the battlefield and killed herself with a dagger
  • Legacy and Honours:
    • Renamed the University of Jabalpur as Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya;
    • Commemorated with a postal stamp by the Indian government;
    • Durgavati Express, a train, and ICGS Rani Durgavati, an Inshore Patrol Vessel, named after her;
    • She is hailed as a patriotic ruler and defender of culture, becoming a symbol of pride and honour.