|Srirangapatnam Fort www.thehindu.com|
|One of the dungeons, Srirangapatnam fort. www.happytrips.com|
Built near to the holy river of the Cauvery, Srirangapatnam Fort is one of the most significant monuments in the state of Karnataka. It is located in the town of Srirangapatna in Mandya district near the city of Mysore. The town has religious, cultural and historic importance. Sri Ranganatha Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Aananthasayanam posture is also a major tourist attraction of this area.
It is believed that the fort was built by a feudal lord Kempe Gowda in the year 1537 and is considered to be one of the toughest forts in India to defend the invading army. The fort has two-tiered rigid wall that can not be penetrated easily and can be accessed through four gates namely Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore and Water and Elephant gates. It is also called Tipu Sultan fort because he had his residence inside the fort, being safe from external raids from others rulers.
The fort was built using Indo-Islamic style and the Persian inscription on the gateway mentions its date of construction. The fort has two dungeons in the lower chambers. Thomas Inman's Dungeon was
Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore. www.slideshare.net
dungeon, Srirangapatnam fort. hinkingparticle.com
|Colonel Bailey's dungeon. Srirangapatnam fort thinkingparticle.com|
Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali, like his father, was one of the most efficient rulers of India. During the British rule, the very mention of his name was anathema to the British who had nightmares about him. Having
|Cannon used by Tipu Sultan in the battle of Srirangaapatnaa 1799. en.wikipedia.org|
|Srirangapatna Fort, the spot where Tip was killed (1799).www.holidayiq.com|
The legend of Tipu Sultan not only lives on the ramparts of Srirangapatna fort, but also in the annals of British India history. Even after 200 plus years, his popularity has not yet diminished.