Friday, March 14, 2014

Visiting the Historic town of Srirangapatna

 During my visit to Bangalore we visited the town of Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna is a town in Mandya district  of the state  of Karnataka.. Located near the city of Mysore, it is of great religious, cultural and historic importance.

Although situated a mere 19 km from Mysore city, Srirangapattana lies in the neighbouring district of Mandya. The entire town is enclosed by the river Kaveri  to form a river island.. The town is easily accessible by train from Bangalore  and Mysore and is also well-connected by road, lying as it does just off the Bangalore-Mysore highway. 


The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathswamy  temple.








 which dominates the town, making Srirangapattana one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in south India.



An idol of Lord Vishnu on sale














 The temple was built by the Ganga dynasty rulers of the area in the 9th century. There are several idols of Lord Vishnu as the presiding diety and idols of Hanuman and  goddess Lakshmi.

Besides the temple there is the summer Palace of Tipu  Sultan called Daulat Dariya Bagh. This Palace is under thee aegis of Archaeological survey of India. It has cannons and guns form the war fought by Tipu Sulatan. The entire walls and roof is covered by paintings depicting war scenes, portraits and  more princely sights.

Srirangapattana became the  capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. When Tipu finally dispensed with the charade of deference to the legitimate Wodeyar Maharaja who was actually his captive,  Srirangapattana became the capital of that short-lived political entity. In that heady period, the state ruled by Tipu extended its frontiers in every direction, encompassing a major portion of South India.


Dariya Daulat  bagh



Inside the Dariya Daulath Bagh

A Map by ASI inside the Bagh

Srirangapattana was the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between TIPU SULTAN  and the British in the yea 1799.

At the battle's climax, Tipu Sultan was killed within the fort of Seringapatam, betrayed by one of his own confidants.  The spot where he ultimately fell is marked by a memorial.

The WATER GATE was the secret entrance





 through which the British entered the fort and killed Tipu Sultan.  The guide showed us both the Water Gate




 and the spot where TIPU SULTAN  was found dead.

The sword of Tipu Sultan has been acquired by Vijay Mallya  a liquor baron from Karnataka , who purchased the same at a Sotheby's  auction.