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History tells us about Mangal Pandey, but not #ChakkiKuntia, the priest for the Hindu Sepoys who rebelled against British in the war of 1857...

Isn't it surprising to know that this priest belonged to Puri Jagannath Mandir?

Does anybody knows that, he was the family priest or
Panda of Meropanth, the father of Manubai/Manikarnika who was renamed Laxmibai after her marriage to Gangadhar Rao, the king of Jhansi.

Chakhi Khuntia was born on the eve of the sacred Shamba Dasami in Puri in the year 1827. His father, Raghunath Khuntia, was a devotee of
Bhagwan Jagannath. He named his son Chandan Hajuri, after the sandal paste (Chandan) with which he used to dress the Bhagwan at the moment of his birth.

His mother was Kamalabati. After early education in his village, he learned Sanskrit from Pandit Harihar Brahma.
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