Chakhi Khuntia (Chandan Hajuri)

Acharya Harihara A True Nationalist

Chandan Hajuri was born on the auspicious day of Samba Dashami, 20 January 1827 in Puri of Odisha to father Raghunath Khuntia alias Bhimasen Hajuri and mother Kamalabati. He was married to Sundarmani at the Age of 12. At a young age, he was taught Oriya, Sanskrit and Hindi literature to help him perform his duties in the Jagannath temple. He also learned traditional wrestling at Akharas and later, taught Wrestling and military exercises to the youths in Puri.
Chakhi Khuntia 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 inGaya and his properties were confiscated by the East Indian Company Government. In 1958, Hajuri was released from prison after being offered amnesty under the Queen’sproclamation of 1858 along with other Rebels.


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