|Birth Day:||July 19, 1827|
|Death Date:||Apr 8, 1857 (age 29)|
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As per our current Database, Mangal Pandey died on Apr 8, 1857 (age 29).
He joined the East India Company's army when he was 18 years old in 1849.
Mangal Pandey was born on 19 July 1827 in Nagwa, a village of upper Ballia district, Ceded and Conquered Provinces (now in Uttar Pradesh).
Mangal Pandey had joined the Bengal Army in 1849. In March 1857, he was a private soldier (sepoy) in the 5th Company of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry.
The 19th and 34th Bengal Native Infantry were stationed at Lucknow during the time of the annexation of Oudh in 1856 because of alleged misgovernment by the Nawab. The annexation had negative implications for sepoys in the Bengal Army (a significant portion of whom came from that princely state). Before the annexation, these sepoys had the right to petition the British Resident at Lucknow for justice — a significant privilege in the context of native courts. As a result of the East India Company's action, they lost that special status, since Oudh no longer existed as a nominally independent political entity.
The 19th B.N.I. is important because it was the regiment charged with testing the new cartridges on 26 February 1857. However, right up to the mutiny the new rifles had not been issued to them, and the cartridges in the magazine of the regiment were as free of grease as they had been through the preceding half-century. The paper used in wrapping the cartridges was of a different colour, arousing suspicions. The non-commissioned officers of the regiment refused to accept the cartridges on 26 February. This information was conveyed to the commanding officer, Colonel William Mitchell; he took it upon himself to try to convince the sepoys that the cartridges were no different from those they had been accustomed to and that they need not bite it. He concluded his exhortation with an appeal to the native officers to uphold the honour of the regiment and a threat to court-martial such sepoys as refused to accept the cartridge. However, the next morning the sepoys of the regiment seized their bell of arms (weapons store). The subsequent conciliatory behaviour of Mitchell convinced the sepoys to return to their barracks.
The Government of India commemorated Pandey by issuing a postage stamp bearing his image on 5 October 1984. The stamp and the accompanying first-day cover were designed by Delhi-based artist C. R. Pakrashi.
A film based on the sequence of events that led up to the mutiny entitled Mangal Pandey: The Rising starring Indian actor, Aamir Khan along with Rani Mukerji, Amisha Patel and Toby Stephens, directed by Ketan Mehta was released on 12 August 2005.
The life of Pandey was the subject of a stage play titled The Roti Rebellion, which was written and directed by Supriya Karunakaran. The play was organized by Sparsh, a theatre group, and presented in June 2005 at The Moving Theatre at Andhra Saraswat Parishad, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Mangal was born into a Bhumihar Brahmin family in the village of Nagwa.
Currently, Mangal Pandey is 194 years, 11 months and 9 days old. Mangal Pandey will celebrate 195th birthday on a Tuesday 19th of July 2022. Below we countdown to Mangal Pandey upcoming birthday.
Remembering freedom fighter Mangal Pandey on his 192nd birth anniversary
Mangal Pandey was born in Nagwa village in the Balliya district of Uttar Pradesh on 19th July 1827. He was a soldier in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry of the British East India Company at the tender age of 18. His mutiny against British officers triggered the 1857 War of Independence. Pandey revolted against his officers on March 29, 1857, while stationed at Barrackpore in Bengal. Mangal Pandey revolted because of a new cartridge that reportedly contained fat from cow or pig meat and had to be bitten off before being loaded into the rifle. From a religious point of view, this was unacceptable for Hindus as well as Muslims.