Monuments of Karnataka
History is mystery. Many might say this. But the fact remains that it is history only which has given birth to the glorious present.
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And today the enigmatic charm of this is prevalent in the form of popular monuments which speak about past. Srirangapatna Fort is one of such kinds where history relives.
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While you are visiting Srirangapatna which is located about 16 km from Mysore in Karnataka, you will witness experiences of past. In this quaint little ancient town the most conspicuous landscape is Srirangapatna Fort.
The ramparts of the Srirangapatna Fort are a live example of those
historic battles which were fought over here.
Of those various battles the most significant battle that holds importance is Tipu Sultan's struggle against the British. However, this epic battle ended in his death in 1799.
Within the historic Srirangapatna Fort you will find a Mosque and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is huge temple. It has an impressive gopuram and fort like walls.
It boasts of a blend of the architectural styles of Hoysala and Vijayanagar. Swami Ranganatha in the temple is projected as reclining on the bed of Aadi Sesha. Not only this, in this temple you will also find images of Gowtama muni and the river Kaveri.
Besides, in the northwest corner of the temple Ranganayaki Thaayaar is enshrined. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple also houses a shrine to Lord Krishna.
In fact to observe the Alwars and the Acharyas of the Sri Vaishnava traditions this temple is an ideal location in the fort. Apart from all these, images of Srinivasa and Panchamukha Anjaneya said to have been set by Vyasaraya are also found.
Paintings : Records reveal that the palace is built by Moghul Governor Dilavar Khan, inspired Tipu to built this palace. The painting “ The storming of Seringapattam” has been painted by Sir Robert Ker
Porter in 1800 depicts the capture of capital on May 4th , 1799. It shows English officers, including General Baird, Sergeant Graham and Colonel Dunlop.
Some of the paintings show the walls of Tipu’s fort , minarets of the mosque and gopuram of the Ranganatha Swamy temple in the background.
It is sad to see the detoriation of this precious pieces of art, due to shoddy maintainance, utter neglect.
The paintings emphasize the glorious victory achieved by Haidar and Tippu over the English contingent led by Col.
Bailee in the battle at Pollilur near Kanchipuram in 1780. Both Government and tourists need to share responsibility in restoring the monuments.
Chaturvimsati pillars in front of the inner entrance bearing carvings of 24 forms of Vishnu is most enticing.
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