Category Archives: Anecdotes in Kannada history

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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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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Guarding the corners of the throne: Tiger Head Finials

A watercolour dating to 1800 by Anna Tonelli, an Italian artist who accompanied Lady Clive on her tour in South India as governess to the Clive children, shows an octagonal throne with eight finials and a large central tiger support … Continue reading

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A bird at Windsor : Tipu Sultan and his ‘Huma’

On 5 March, 1800 Queen Charlotte of England received a curious gift at her home in Windsor castle. It was a box with an accompanying note and a key for the box. The note was from Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount … Continue reading

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Nailing a Lie: Tipu Sultan and the demolition of the Hariharesvara Temple

I am attempting here, to rebut the oft parroted argument propounded a century ago that Tipu Sultan was responsible for the desecration and plunder of the Hariharesvara temple in Harihar, Karnataka. “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient … Continue reading

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