Freedom struggle, India, Uprising of 1857, Quit India Movement, Rowlatt Act protests, Jugantar Party, colonial resistance, martyrdom, independence, Badan Rai, Mardan Singh, Momenda, Shivdayal Mahuli, Sibdyal Mahto, Balmukand Bissa, Swadesh Bhusan Ghosh, historical tribute, unity, sacrificeUnited in Struggle: A Tribute to India's Freedom Fighters - Capturing the indomitable spirit of unity and resistance that fueled India's journey towards independence

On This Day 5 April 2024 Friday

On This Day, Sam Vikram: 2081 Purnimanta Mass: Chaitra Paksha: Tithi: Krishna Paksha Dwadashi   – Apr 05 01:28 PM – Apr 06 10:19 AM, let us have a quick look of the events and anniversaries of India and the world

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Virram Samvat: 2081
Shaka Samvat: 1945

Purnimanta: Chaitra
Tithi: Krishna Paksha Dwadashi   – Apr 05 01:28 PM – Apr 06 10:19 AM

On This Day

Festivals Today: Paapamochanee Ekaadashee, Baaboo Jagajeevan Raam Jayantee
Festials Tomorrow: Pradosh Vrat
Day Today: International Day of Conscience (A/RES/73/329)
Day Tomorrow: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (A/RES/67/296)


Sadhya – Apr 04 01:15 PM – Apr 05 09:55 AM
Subha – Apr 05 09:55 AM – Apr 06 06:14 AM”


Balava – Apr 05 02:55 AM – Apr 05 01:29 PM
Kaulava – Apr 05 01:29 PM – Apr 05 11:56 PM
Taitila – Apr 05 11:56 PM – Apr 06 10:19 AM”

Sunrise: 6:10
Sunset: 18:37

Moonrise: 3:51
Moonset: 14:58

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Abhijit Muhurat – 11:58 AM – 12:48 PM
Amrit Kaal – 08:37 AM – 10:04 AM
Brahma Muhurat – 04:32 AM – 05:20 AM

Inauspicious Time

Rahu – 10:50 AM – 12:23 PM
Yamaganda – 3:30 PM – 5:03 PM
Gulika – 7:43 AM – 9:16 AM
Dur Muhurat – 08:39 AM – 09:29 AM, 12:48 PM – 01:38 PM
Varjyam – 12:34 AM – 02:00 AM

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Freedom Fighters sacrificed- At Least: 5

Major Historical Events

End of Reign – Malerao Khanderao Holkar, 1767

  • Date: April 5, 1767
  • Context: The reign of Malerao Khanderao Holkar as a ruler over Scindia and Gwalior State concluded.
  • Significance: Marks a transition period in the Holkar dynasty, leading to a change in leadership within the state.

Beginning of Reign – Punyaslok Rajmata Ahilyadevi Holkar, 1767

  • Date: April 5, 1767
  • Context: Following the end of Malerao Khanderao Holkar’s reign, Punyaslok Rajmata Ahilyadevi Holkar began her reign over Scindia and Gwalior State.
  • Legacy: Ahilyadevi Holkar is celebrated for her competent and compassionate rule, often remembered as one of the greatest queens of Indian history for her administrative acumen, social reform efforts, and contributions to architecture.

End of Reign – Ramachandra Tondaiman, 1886

  • Date: April 5, 1886
  • Context: Ramachandra Tondaiman’s tenure as the ruler of the Pudukottai Kingdom concluded.
  • Impact: His reign’s end marked a significant moment in the history of the Pudukottai Kingdom, transitioning it towards new leadership and possibly new directions in governance.

End of Reign and Death – Shahaji (II) of Maratha Empire, Kolhapur, 1848

  • Date: April 5, 1848
  • Context: Shahaji (II), the ruler of the Maratha Empire in Kolhapur, died, ending his reign.
  • Historical Importance: Shahaji (II)’s death symbolizes a pivotal moment in the Maratha Empire’s history, especially in the Kolhapur region, affecting the succession and political dynamics within the Maratha confederacy.

Anniversaries On This Day

Death of Maratha Ruler Shahaji: Shahaji, a significant figure in the Maratha Empire, passed away on April 5, 1848. His leadership and contributions were pivotal in the history of the Maratha dynasty.

Birth of Shivaji VI of Satara, 1863: Shivaji VI, later annexed to the British Empire, was born on April 5, 1863.

C F Andrews – Freedom Activist, 1940: C F Andrews, a notable freedom activist, made significant contributions to the freedom movement, remembered on April 5, 1940.

Birth of Chain Singh, 1989: Chain Singh, a distinguished sport shooter from Doda district, Jammu and Kashmir, was born on April 5, 1989.

Birth of Miesha Iyer, 1994: Miesha Iyer, celebrated for her contributions to the entertainment industry, was born on April 5, 1994.

Birth of Charlotte Flair, 1986: Charlotte Flair, an esteemed professional wrestler from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, was born on April 5, 1986.

Birth of Diamond Dallas Page, 1956: Diamond Dallas Page, an actor and professional wrestler from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA, was born on April 5, 1956.

Birth of Henrik Stenson, 1976: Henrik Stenson, a celebrated golfer from Gothenburg, Sweden, was born on April 5, 1976.

Birth of Rachel Homan, 1989: Rachel Homan, a notable curler from Ottawa, Canada, was born on April 5, 1989.

Birth of Atanu Das, 1992: Atanu Das, an archer from West Bengal, India, was born on April 5, 1992

Freedom Struggle Events on This Date

The history of India’s struggle for freedom is replete with tales of sacrifice, courage, and the indomitable spirit of its people, fighting against colonial rule to claim their rightful independence. On this day, several such events and individuals stand out, marking significant moments in the long journey towards India’s freedom.

The Uprising of 1857

Badan Rai and Mardan Singh

On this day in 1858, Badan Rai and Mardan Singh, hailing from the Achalpur region and Madhya Pradesh respectively, were executed by hanging. Their participation in the Uprising of 1857 against British forces showcased the widespread resistance across different regions. Their ultimate sacrifice is a testimony to the relentless fight against colonial oppression.

Momenda’s Defiance

Momenda, involved in the 1857 rebellion and subsequent activities aimed at overthrowing British rule, was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment on December 21, 1858. Transported to the Andaman Islands, he succumbed to the harsh conditions of captivity on this day in 1859.

The Quit India Movement

Shivdayal Mahuli and Sibdyal Mahto

In the heart of Jharkhand, then Bihar, Shivdayal Mahuli and Sibdyal Mahto took active parts in the Quit India Movement of 1942. Arrested for their involvement, both died in Bankipore Jail Hospital on this day in 1943, embodying the sacrifices made across the nation in pursuit of freedom.

The Struggle in Marwar

Balmukand Bissa’s Leadership

Born on April 5, 1910, Balmukand Bissa became a symbol of resistance in Marwar (Rajasthan). Arrested in 1942 for leading movements against colonial policies, Bissa’s hunger strike in jail led to his death due to brutal beatings, marking his contribution to the freedom struggle.

The Rowlatt Act Protests

The Gujranwala Martyrs

On this day, several individuals from Gujranwala, now in Pakistan, stood against the Rowlatt Act of 1919. Figures like Amrik Rai, Devi Dial, Dial Singh, Dina, Ghulam Sap, Girdhari Lal, Jahana, and Muhammad Din participated in hartals and protests, facing death sentences later commuted to life transportation. Their actions against unjust laws showcased the widespread unrest and desire for sovereignty.

Jugantar Party and Revolutionary Activities

Swadesh Bhusan Ghosh’s Incarceration

Swadesh Bhusan Ghosh, associated with the Jugantar Party, faced arrest and rigorous imprisonment for his revolutionary activities. Transferred between jails, he died under internment in 1936, illustrating the broader spectrum of the freedom struggle, involving covert operations and armed resistance.

“On This Day” – A Reflection

“On this day” serves not just as a chronological marker but as a reminder of the depth and diversity of the Indian freedom struggle. From the early defiance against British rule in the Uprising of 1857 to the strategic protests against the Rowlatt Act, and from the passionate outbursts of the Quit India Movement to the silent but steady resistance in jails and under house arrest, each event contributes to the rich narrative of India’s path to independence.

These tales of valor, often ending in martyrdom, underscore the complexities of a nation’s fight for self-determination. They remind us of the countless unnamed heroes who, through their actions on days like today, wove the fabric of India’s freedom, a testament to the spirit of resistance that eventually led to independence.

Feature Image: The image poignantly captures the essence of India’s struggle for freedom, serving as a vivid tableau of sacrifice and resilience. Central to the composition are figures representing key participants in various movements against British colonial rule. These include representations of Badan Rai and Mardan Singh, defiant heroes of the Uprising of 1857, alongside Momenda, whose stoic presence symbolizes the unyielding spirit of those who fought and suffered. The Quit India Movement is represented by the figures of Shivdayal Mahuli and Sibdyal Mahto, whose expressions convey determination and hope.

Balmukand Bissa stands as a symbol of leadership and courage in the Marwar resistance, while Swadesh Bhusan Ghosh embodies the revolutionary zeal of the Jugantar Party’s fight against colonial oppression. The backdrop integrates symbolic elements of the freedom struggle, from the gallows signifying the ultimate sacrifice to a colonial prison representing the suppression and resilience of the imprisoned. Scenes of protests and collective defiance against the colonial regime are depicted, emphasizing the widespread unrest and the collective desire for sovereignty.

The composition is set against the serene but resilient spirit of India, with the symbolic use of colors and motifs that resonate with the nationalistic fervor of the time. This artwork is not just a visual representation but a homage to the sacrifices made and the undying spirit of resistance that fueled India’s journey towards independence, capturing a moment in history where unity and the collective will to fight against oppression led the way to freedom. (Click here to see image)

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