a talluk headquarters in Mandya district, situated at a distance of about
15 kilometers from Mysore city
is famous for the historically well known Ranganatha temple and the impressive architectural
and artistic monuments built during the regime of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.
The town nestles in an island like space created by the branching out and
reuniting of Kaveri river. (Sangam) Of course it is no more an island because
of the Bangalore-Mysore highway.
As usual, the legends associate this place with the sage
Gautama. Some inscriptions have documented the fact that the Ranganathaswamy
temple was built by Tirumalaiah, a feudatory of the Ganga
kings in 849 A.D. However, udayAditya, a younger brother of Vishnuvarhana, the
Hoysala monarch is credited with the building of the town in 1120 A.D. The
emperors of the Vijayanagara dynasty created an administrative region of their
empire with Srirangapattana as its head quarters. It was ruled by the kings of
the ODeyar dynasty after the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hyder Ali and his
son Tipu Sultan became very powerful by late eighteenth century and they were
instrumental in the development of the city.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple is one among a few important temples
built on the banks of the Kaveri River. It is built in a style that combines
many features of the Dravidian, Hoysala and Vijayanagara architectural styles.
One finds bell shaped pillars which are the hall marks of the Vijayanagara
style in the ‘navaranga’. The towers and mukhamantapa also have adopted the
same style. It has an exquisite idol of Ranganathaswamy laying on AdishESa the
seven headed cobra. A statue of Lakshmi is found by his feet. Tipu Sultan has
donated some silver ware to the temple. Gangadhareshvara and Narasimha temples
were built later during the regime of the ODeyar dynasty.
of a strong fort are still found in the town. Tipu Sulatn had built the Summer Palace called the Dariya Daulat ('Splendour
of the Sea'), near the Srirangapatnam fort, in 1784 and it now houses the Tipu Sultan Museum. This structure is in Indo-Islamic
style. Laid out in a vast, formal garden, the palace, a neat charming
structure, stands in the centre. The Museum exhibits oil paintings, pencil
sketches, aquatints and engravings, coins and medals, costumes, furniture, arms
etc. It has lotus shaped wooden pillars and semi spherical arches. The murals
on the walls have documented many contemporary events and personalities. Dariya
Daulat is declared as a National monument.
The gumbaj contains the tombs of Hyder Ali,
Fakhrunnisa and Tipu Sultan. Its importance lies in its well-shaped large dome,
ivory inlaid doors and carved stone windows. The Daria daulath and the Gumbaj
were built in the eighteenth century.
Further Readings and Links:
(Ranganathswamy temple: Tower)
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