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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.
ସ୍ଵାଧୀନତା ସଂଗ୍ରାମୀ ବିପ୍ଳବୀ ଚନ୍ଦନ ହଜୁରୀ (ଚାଖି ଖୁଣ୍ଟିଆ)ଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ମୋର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ୧୮୫୭ ମସିହା ‘ସିପାହୀ ବିଦ୍ରୋହ’ ସମୟରେ ଝାଁସୀରାଣୀ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀବାଇଙ୍କ ସହଯୋଗୀ ଭାବେ ସେ ଗୁରୁତ୍ଵପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ଭୂମିକା ନିଭାଇ ଥିଲେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଦେଶପ୍ରେମ ଓ ବଳିଦାନ ଆମକୁ ସଦା ଅନୁପ୍ରାଣିତ କରିବ। pic.twitter.com/cziC9ptZw6
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 20, 2018
ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଶ୍ରୀଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ସେବକ ଓ ଭାରତ ମୁକ୍ତି ସଂଗ୍ରାମର ମହାନ କ୍ରାନ୍ତିକାରୀ ଚାଖି ଖୁଣ୍ଟିଆ (ଚନ୍ଦନ ହଜୁରୀ)ଙ୍କ ଜନ୍ମ ଦିବସ ଅବସରରେ ଭକ୍ତିପୂତ ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି । pic.twitter.com/BtmcKvrxJa
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) January 20, 2018
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.