Author Archives: Olikara

About Olikara

An engineer, history buff, collector of South Indian antiques.

A SWORD OF TIPU SULTAN, FORMERLY IN THE WIGINGTON COLLECTION

As a whole, the sword seems to be entirely a European concoction, with the elements declared as later additions by Wigington probably of the same late date and origin as the hilt and blade. Continue reading

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Mirror into Character: Tipu Sultan and his Coinage

Tipu Sultan is a fascinating figure in the pages of history. Known just not for his bravery on the battlefield but also for his social reforms, inventions and innovations. A man brimming with energy all the time who even on the … Continue reading

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Tipu Sultan – as Protector of Hindu Temples

Tipu Sultan is one of the enigmas of eighteenth century Indian history and has suffered more at the hands of historians than at the hands of his enemies.  However, today he has come to be seen in a different light … Continue reading

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On Talking Terms: Haidar Ali and Lord Ranganathaswamy in Mysorean Folklore

The study of Folklore is an extremely important tool in the construction and deconstruction of historical events and personalities within specific contexts. The ascendancy of the father-son duo of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan in South Indian politics during the middle of … Continue reading

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The Queen who tamed the Tiger: Maharani Lakshmammanni, Queen Mother of Mysore

The decline of Vijaynagara saw the emergence of several independent  smaller states in the South of India. The one that would emerge most powerful among them was Mysore. Mysore’s history contains several characters, prominent among them being Kantheerava Wodeyar, Chikkadevaraja … Continue reading

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The Goddess and a Sultan: Hindu Coinage of Tipu Sultan

In 1791, Parshuram Bhave (Bhau), the Maratha General marched on Tipu’s richest province, Bednur. Here, Maratha horsemen under the command of Raghunathrao Patwardhan plundered the Shringeri Monastery of all of it’s valuables, killed and wounded many people and desecrated and committed … Continue reading

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Chair of the Khudadad Sarkar: The Throne of Tipu Sultan

The magnificent throne of Tipu Sultan was in the form of a life size Tiger, clothed in shimmering gold metal sheets and studded with dazzling precious stones. An aesthete’s delight, the marvelous piece of art, crafted in wood and gold, … Continue reading

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