History remembers Maharaja Chattrasal Bundela of Panna as a good administrator. In 1729 Mohammed Khan Bangash attacked Chattrasal. Peshwa Baji Rao(I ) came in rescue of Maharaja Chattrasal and the mughal army got defeated in the battle. As a mark of gratitude Maharaja Chattrasal offered a part of his state to Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao(I). Jhansi was also included in this part.
Naroshanker was made the subedar of Jhansi in 1742.His tenure lasted for 15 years and known for some constructive work.He extended the Jhansi fort, which was of strategic importance but also built some other buildings. Shankergarh is the extended part of the fort.In 1757 Naroshanker was called back by the Peshwa. Madhav Govind Kakirde and Babulal Kanahai were the two other who were made the subedars of Jhansi.
In 1766 Vishwas Rao Laxman was became the subedar of Jhansi. His tenure was from 1766 to 1769. After him Raghunath Rao (II) Newalkar was appointed the subedar of Jhansi. His tenure is known for the increase of the revenue of the state. He built the MahaLakshmi Temple and the Raghunath Temple.
Jhansi remained under the care and protection of the Chandela kings. Balwant Nagar was the name of this place. Jhansi lost its power in 11th century. It rose to fame in 17th century under Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha. In 1613 Raja Bir Singh Deo built the Jhansi fort. After his death in 1627, his son Juhar Singh succeeded him. After the death of Shiv Rao his grand son Ramchandra Rao was appointed the subedar of Jhansi. After his death in 1835, Raghunath Rao (III) was made his successor. In 1838 Raghunath Rao (III) also died. The British rulers then accepted Gangadhar Rao as the Raja of Jhansi. Jhansi went through a period of financial crisis due to the inefficient administration of Raghunath Rao (III).
Raja Gangadhar Rao was a very good administrator. He was very generous and full of sympathy. He gave very good administration to Jhansi. During his period the local population of Jhansi was very satisfied.
The history of Jhansi is incomplete without mentioning Rani Lakshmi Bai, the daughter of Raja Gangadhar Rao and Mannikarnika.The ferocious Rani Lakshmi Bai sacrificed her life in the Sepoy Mutiny in 1958.
In 1861 the British Government handed over the Jhansi fort and Jhansi city to JiyajiRao Scindia. Jhansi then included in the Gwalior state. In 1886 Britishers took back Jhansi from Gwalior state.