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Naveen, Dharmendra remember freedom fighter ‘Chakhi Khuntia’ on birth anniv


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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday paid tribute to revolutionary leader in the Indian Freedom Movement and servant of the Lord Jagannath Chakhi Khuntia (Chandan Hajuri) on his 191st birth anniversary.

Taking to their twitter handles, both Patnaik and Pradhan recalled the vital role Chandan Hajuri had played during the Paika rebellion (Paika Bidroha) and sacrificed his life for the country.

Chandan Hajuri was born in Puri district of Odisha to Raghunath Khuntia alias Bhimasen Hajuri and Kamalabati. He happened to be the family priest of Manubai, later renamed Lakshmibai after her marriage to Gangadhar Rao, the King of Jhansi.

He played a crucial role in mobilizing the sepoys and organizing mutiny while traveling across the country as a Panda of the Jagannath Temple before the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

At the time of the mutiny, he was stationed at a Northern Military Station. He was known to have maintained a direct contact with the rebel leadership during the Mutiny. Later, he was arrested in Gaya and his properties were confiscated by the East Indian Company Government.

In 1858, Hajuri was released from prison after being offered amnesty under the Queen’s proclamation of 1858 along with other Rebels.


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