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Karnataka: Ancient scripts, monuments under threat in Srirangapatna

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHRAVAN REGRET IYER
Published Apr 19, 2016, 2:38 am IST
Updated Apr 19, 2016, 3:58 am IST
Over 80,000 manuscripts speak about its fascinating history, as do the many monuments dating back to the period.
Ganjam, the treasure trove of Srigangapatna, where the Tiger of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan, built his fort,  is falling into ruin thanks to official apathy.
 Ganjam, the treasure trove of Srigangapatna, where the Tiger of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan, built his fort, is falling into ruin thanks to official apathy.

Bengaluru: It’s an island home to over 80,000 ancient scripts and  35 historical monuments of  Islamic, Hindu and Christian importance.  But Ganjam, the treasure trove of Srigangapatna, where the Tiger of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan, built his fort,  is falling into ruin thanks to official apathy.

Over 12,000 families had moved here from Tumakuru district in the time of Tipu, who manufactured weapons on this rocky  island enclosed by the river Cauvery, and ideal for military operations. Diamonds, gold and other precious stones were traded here as well.  Over 80,000 manuscripts speak about its fascinating history, as do the many monuments dating back to the period.

But sadly, not only have some of these monuments collapsed,  others may soon join them too,  seeing how dilapidated  they are. In the past, the island was split into two, the fort area, Srirangapatana, where Tipu and his family lived,  and the area outside, Ganjam, that was reserved for his subjects , including soldiers and labourers.  The name Ganjam is derived from the Persian 'ganj' meaning treasure trove.

“It’s deplorable  that the cemeteries,  dungeons for armours and other monuments are in such a dilapidated condition.  You can see cracks in several of the monuments and the  historical  scripts are not being maintained properly either. The place needs protection as there  is  a lot here for the younger generation to learn and research,” said a local enthusiast of the island’s history.

The archaeological department, which is to blame for much of the neglect, has also failed to  protect a pigeon house close to the Gumbaz. Of the two pigeon houses built by Tipu Sultan, what remains in one today are only some broken pieces. It is believed that Tipu used pigeons to carry messages and housed them here.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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