Kangana Ranaut announces the second installment of 'Manikarnika' franchise 'Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda'

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Queen Didda of Kashmir had proved that physical infirmity could not stand in her way. On this courage, Kangana Ranaut has announced the second film of 'Manikarnika' franchise 'Manikarnika Returns The Legend of Didda'.

Disability has been considered a curse in society, but Queen Didda of Kashmir had proved that physical weakness cannot stand in her way. On this courage, Kangana Ranaut has announced the second film of 'Manikarnika' franchise 'Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda'.

The ancient Sanskrit poet Kalhana mentions Queen Didda as the most powerful female ruler in the history of Kashmir. The story of Rani Didda is a shining chapter in history. The journey that begins with a neglected disabled girl, is the story of becoming the wife of the king of Kashmir and taking over the reins of the kingdom after Vaidyavya and keeping it united. In the lifetime of 79 years, the personality of Queen Didda emerged as such a strong example, whose name would make the enemy goosebumps. Due to his vision, strategies, military capability, and efficient management, he ruled for nearly 54 years.

Divyang Didda's life was quite a struggle since birth. Didda, the princess of the then blacksmith kingdom, was suffering from polio since birth. Due to this, she not only became the subject of ridicule but was also deprived of the love of her parents. Valja's assistant raised him in his childhood and always stayed with him. Didda may have been Divyang, but she was also very intelligent and beautiful. One day while walking around the palace, she reached the place where the soldiers were practicing fencing and other weapons. She liked it a lot. Whatever she saw there, she would practice it.

Soon Vikramsen, the chief instructor of the sepoys, saw them. Didda many times prayed to Vikramsen to become a guru, but she used to avoid laughing. But Didda did not stop practicing. Once the entire royal family went to the Sharda temple for an annual havan. This temple was close to the forest. Didda was also there with her siblings. Suddenly, seeing the lion in the bushes nearby, Didda understood that her younger brother's life was in danger. When Didda was a few steps away from the lion, only then did Vikramsen reach there. Didda attacked the lion with the sharp end of the wood raised from the ground.

After this incident, Vikramsen started training Didda. He understood that Didda had the qualities to become a great warrior. Despite these talents, Didda's father Singhraj was unable to find a groom for him. The situation became such that she was married to Kshemagupta, the king of Kashmir, notorious for her melody. Queen Didda herself was determined to handle the kingdom, which had reached the verge of ruin due to the corrupt king. Despite all the opposition, she started taking political decisions and established hegemony over the entire empire.

Folklore has it that once during pregnancy, Queen Didda went on a tour of the city. She saw that the whole city was empty. She was told that an old soldier of the king had become an evil dacoit. Rani Didda asked her trusted minister Narvahan to spread the news that if the evil one comes here, she will not go back. Durjan accepted the challenge. The next day there was a battle between the two, in which Queen Didda was victorious. The evildoer was taken into custody. There was also respect among the people of the state for the queen.

With the death of King Kshemagupta in the year 950, there was a storm in the life of Queen Didda. To gain power, the relatives tried to get Rani Didda to do sati by referring to the practice of sati. Ashish Kaul has written in his book 'Didda: The Warrior Queen of Kashmir' from Prabhat Prakashan that Didda first agreed to commit Sati. Then after reaching the pyre, she said that I will not sacrifice my life like this. I have promised the king that I will take care of his son Abhimanyu and the kingdom. After this Abhimanyu was crowned and Queen Didda became the patron of the kingdom. In the face of court intrigues and family squabbles, she maintained a firm hold on the state.

She was deeply distressed after the murder of her son Abhimanyu. She appointed her grandson Nandigupt as the new king of Kashmir. He failed to manage the state. Due to Nandigupta's incompetence, Queen Didda removed him and declared the youngest grandson Bhimagupta as the king. Six years later, Bhimagupta died under suspicious circumstances. Due to the circumstances, Queen Didda again sat on the throne. Seeing her age, she felt that a comprehensive plan should be made to save the empire from foreign invasion. She adopted Sangramraj and handed over the power of the state.

Rani Didda died in the year 1003. Ten years after his death, when Mahmud Ghaznavi attacked Kashmir, it was a failure. In fact, due to the military legacy of Rani Didda, Sangramraj had driven out an invader like Mahmud Ghaznavi from the border of Kashmir. It is truly a story of women's empowerment which did not give up till the end despite all the miseries in the male-dominated society. Didda's invaluable contribution to history cannot be forgotten. It will be an exciting experience to watch the journey of Rani Didda as Kangana on the big screen.