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|The Manora, Mallipatnam en.wikipedia.org|
Though the delta districts of Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapatnam, perhaps, have the highest concentration of historical old Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishu, goddess Durga and others, besides Navagraha, non-religious historical monuments such as forts, palaces, etc can be counted on fingers. Among the monuments, the Manora near Pattukottai attracts a lot of tourists.
|The Manora. Tamil Nadu www.thehindu.com|
|Raja Serfoji of Thanjavur 1798 to 1832. T.N. welcomzestlounge.in|
|Thanjavur kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/|
In the early 1800s the French and the British forces were at loggerheads and had frequent wars over their supremacy in Europe and other places. As for as as India was concerned, the French forces had begun to lose their steam after the fall of their close alley Tipu Sultan in 1799 at Srirangapatna and the British became a powerful force to reckon with in India
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The Manora fort was built by Maratha ruler Serfoji II (1777-1832 CE) in 1814–1815 to commemorate the successful military advance of the British over the French led by Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) in the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).
|the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815). www.llanellich.org.uk|
|The Manora, Mallipatnam, T.N|
As it is an important historical monument, it was in 2000-2003, the state government took some conservation and restoration work to avoid damages in the future. However, this monument suffered damages during the worst Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26 2004 that shook the entire world.
The Tamil Nadu state Tourism Development Corporation contributed ₹3,195,000 (US$47,000) for improving the infrastructure around the fort. The proposal included development of children's park, essential amenities, providing additional lighting, planting saplings along the road, and laying of a new road from Sethu Road to the fort .
Serfoji II, who reigned from 1798 to 1833, was the most popular Maratha ruler of Thanjavur. He knew many languages and established the world famous Sarawathi Mahal Library, which, in fact, was first introduced by the Nayak ruler. In 1855 the small kingdom of Thanjavur was annexed by the British under the Doctrine of lapse. The Manora is an example of the Maratha architecture. During their period, it is believed, this place was used for building big ships.