All You Need To Know About The Historical Figure Rani Rashmoni

Promita Mukherjee

October 1, 2019

Entertainment

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She’s From North 24 Parganas

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The period drama Rani Rashmoni is one of the most popular Bangla TV shows. But did you know that it is based on an actual historical figure – a feisty queen who lived and ruled in erstwhile Kolkata? We got you all the details that you did not know about Rani Rashmoni. Read on.

Though Rani Rashmoni became the queen of Janbazar in central Kolkata, she hailed from a village called Kona in Halisahar in North 24 Parganas.

A Child Bride

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As was the norm those days, Rashmoni was married off to Babu Rajchandra Das of Janbazar in Kolkata at the age of 11.

An Able Administrator

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Post her husband’s death in 1836, Rashmoni took over the reins of the zamindari and its finances. She was a natural leader and managed to grow the zamindari and its clout. Throughout this time, she continued to lead the pious life of a Bengali widow of that era.

Her Family

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Rashmoni had four daughters with her husband – Padmamani, Kumari, Karunamoyee and Jagadamba. Karunamoyee passed away in 1833 after childbirth and Kumari died in 1837. Padmamani was married to Ramchandra Ata. Karunamoyee was married to Mathuramohan Biswas. Post her death, her sister Jagadamba was married off to him. Kumari was married to Pairimohan Biswas.

Taking The British On

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Rani Rashmoni gained popularity after she started taking the British on. She stopped shipping trade on a part of the Ganges, forcing the British rulers to abolish the tax on fishing in the river which affected poor fishermen. She even went on to defy orders when the British stopped Puja processions. The British imposed a penalty on her but had to withdraw it considering the massive public support she received.

Rashmoni The ‘Builder’

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Among all the structures that Rani Rashmoni got built, the most famous is the Dakshineshwar temple in Kolkata. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was appointed the head priest there under her. She also constructed popular ghats such as Babughat in her husband’s memory, and Ahiritola Ghat and Nimtala Ghat. She also got a road built from Subarnarekha river to Puri to facilitate the journey of pilgrims.

Rani And Her Charity

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Rani Rashmoni was charitable and donated generously for various causes. Apart from getting ghats built for bathers, she also donated to the erstwhile Imperial Library which is now known as the National Library of India and Hindu College which is now Presidency University.

To watch another strong female character, watch Manali Dey as Shabnam in Nakshi Kantha on ZEE5.

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