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 A folk dance in the honor of lord Krishana is performed at the Evening Culture Ceremony in Gwalior
Royal welcome for the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi at Gwalior and Jhansi

GWALIOR, 20 September 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 on its journey across the Country, reached the historical cities of Jhansi and Gwalior amidst throngs of people present for its welcome.

 

The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi was flagged at Jhansi. The relay went on crisscrossing the town, culminating at the Jhansi Fort. The fort was built in the year 1613 by Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha. It gained prominence in the 19th century as major landmark during the First War of Independence in 1857. The enormous fort is built on a hilltop called ‘Bangra’ and was the residence of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, the legendary freedom fighter and worrier.

 

Despite rains, the morale of the people present at the event reached its pinnacle. The baton continued its journey to Gwalior passing through the town of Datia. Ruled by Bundela Rajputs before independence, Datia was amongst the prosperous princely states of India. On reaching Gwalior, the baton was received by sportsmen like Mr.Ankit Sharma, Athletics; Mr. Jaidev Sharma, Karate; Mr. Shivendra Singh Choudhary, Hockey and Mr. Anurag Thakur, Tennis amongst other dignitaries.

 

Gwalior is one of the most popular destinations in Madhya Pradesh and was ruled by the iconic Scindia dynasty. Gwalior fort, which first Mughal emperor Babur described as jewel among all the forts in India, alone attracts thousands of tourists every year. The reception of the baton was followed by traditional folk dance presented by a young group of boys “Barida Lok Nirtiya”.

 

Earlier on Saturday, the baton reached Shivpuri where it was received by renowned Table Tennis player Mr. Sunil Jain. Ganesh Vandana and Bharatnatayam were performed to mark a splendid welcome to the baton.

 
The baton is held by MP of Guna Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia at the Evening Culture Ceremony in Gwalior