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Tipu Sultan of Mysore, southern India unlike many Indian rulers right from the beginning, did not like the British India company officials and their over interference in the internal affairs of Indian kingdoms. To save his kingdom from foreign as well as local military invasions, he developed a powerful army with some innovations in the war weapons. When the British targeted Tipu sultan they found it extremely difficult either to subdue him or score a victory over him and this culminated in three major wars against Tipu. In the final Mysore war at Srirangapatnam Tipu fought tooth and nail against the mighty British East India's army led by Lord Wellesley who was a well trained and equally competent military man. His valiant and aggressive fight on the battle field along with his well trained army was of no avail to beat the British army. In the war Tipu and his associates killed a record 4500 British soldiers and left 15 alive. At one point Wellesley thought of giving up and surrender was the only alternative on his mind. That point of time Tipu was hit by a bullet in the arm and the second one was fatal - in the temple. Finally Tipu, great warrior and tormentor of the British, as would have , fell down dead. For the victorious British, a big hurdle had been removed and their vision of almost full control over India was nearing fruition.
Following day after the death of Tipu on the 4th of May,1799 his body was buried near his father's tomb according to Islamic funeral rites. This was done on the premises of palace complex. In the middle of the poignant burial, a unique and strange thing happened which caught the mourners unawares. There were several British army men as well. A violent, strong storm struck from nowhere and the burial ground became a scene of massive winds accompanied by rain. The sky was clear and there was no no sign of rain clouds. Richard Bayley of 12th Regiment of Madras Army wrote" I' ve experienced hurricanes, typhoons and gales of wind at sea; bu never in the whole course of my existence had I seen any thing comparable to this desolating visitations.''
Probably this was the way mother Nature had paid her last respect to this great, dedicated warrior who fought for his mother land till the last drop of his blood.