Nana Sahib

Nana Sahib

Indian Rebel
Born May 19, 1824

Nana Sahib, born as Dhondu Pant, was a rebel Indian leader during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 who played a part in two massacres of British troops and civilians. As the adopted son of the exiled Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao II, he sought to restore the Maratha confederacy and the Peshwa tradition.… Read More

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1824 Birth Nana Sahib was born on 19 May,1824 as Nana Govind Dhondu Pant, to Narayan Bhatt and Ganga Bai. … Read More
1827 3 Years Old Lacking sons, Baji Rao adopted Nana Sahib and his younger brother in 1827. … Read More


1851 27 Years Old Azimullah Khan joined the court of Nana Sahib as Secretary, after the death of Baji Rao II in 1851. … Read More
1853 29 Years Old …  Accordingly, Nana Sahib sent an envoy (Azimullah Khan) to England in 1853 to plead his case with the British Government.


1855 31 Years Old However, Azimullah Khan was unable to convince the British to resume the pension, and he returned to India in 1855. … Read More
1856 32 Years Old Harshram Mehta, the Sanskrit teacher of Nana Sahib, was addressed in the two letters probably written by him in Old Marathi and in black ink dated 1856 and signed Baloo Nana. … Read More
On 5 June 1857, Nana Sahib sent a letter to General Wheeler informing him to expect an attack next morning at 10 am. … Read More
1858 34 Years Old Rani Laxmibai, Tantia Tope and Rao Saheb (Nana Sahib's close confidante) proclaimed Sahib as their Peshwa in June 1858 at Gwalior.
1859 35 Years Old By 1859, Sahib was reported to have fled to Nepal. … Read More
1861 37 Years Old Venkateshwar, a Brahmin interrogated by the British, disclosed that he met Nana Sahib in Nepal in 1861.


1888 64 Years Old Up until 1888 there were rumours and reports that he had been captured and a number of individuals turned themselves in to the British claiming to be the aged Sahib. … Read More
1903 79 Years Old 1 More Event
Two letters and a diary retrieved in the 1970s accounted that he lived as an ascetic, Yogindra Dayanand Maharaj, in Sihor in coastal Gujarat until his death in 1903.
1936 112 Years Old The character of Surat Khan in the 1936 film The Charge of the Light Brigade seems to be loosely based on Nana Sahib.


1947 123 Years Old After the independence of India in 1947, Sahib was hailed as a freedom fighter, and the Nana Rao Park in Kanpur was constructed in honour of Sahib and his brother, Bala Rao. … Read More
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