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Avantibai Lodhi

Dindori, Madhya Pradesh

November 11, 2021 to December 30, 2021

Avantibai Lodhi an Indian freedom fighter and the queen of Ramgarh (present-day Dindori) in Madhya Pradesh. An opponent of the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, information concerning her mostly comes from folklore.

Following the death of her husband, and protesting against the Doctrine of Lapse, she decided to take up her arms.

When the revolt of 1857 broke out, Avantibai raised and led an army of 4000. Her first battle with the British took place in the village of Kheri near Mandla, where she and her army were able to defeat the British forces. However, stung by the defeat the British came back with vengeance and launched an attack on Ramgarh, set it on fire and followed her to Devhairgarh. She died by suicide in 1858 when facing an almost certain defeat in battle.

The Narmada Valley Development Authority named a part of the Bargi Dam project in Jabalpur in her honour. India Post has issued two stamps in honour of Avantibai in 1988, and in 2001.