Imagining Mysore

Darya Daulat Bagh, Tipu’s Summer Palace

This is one of the interiors of Tipu Sultan’s summer palace situated in Seringapatnam called Dariya Daulat Bagh. The image shows a pillared collonade, and a double storied interior – a arched walkway surmounted by a balconied upper floor.

Srirangapatam; The Mosque of Tipu Sultan

This is the Jami Masjid built in 1728 by Tipu Sultan in his capital of Seringapatnam. The mosque is characterised by two octagonal minarets that are double storied and crowned by domes.

Modern Temple at the Humpee

This is one of the outer walls of the Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi, illustrating a procession of horses and elephants. The lowest and the second lowest register feature these processions, while the upper registers feature warriors, musicians and dancers. The Hazara Rama temple was built in the 15th century inside the royal enclosure of… Read more »

Door to the Vishnu Temple, Bailoor

The Chennakesava Temple was constructed on the banks of the Yagachi River by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire. The main deity in this temple is Chennakesava, an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. This photo shows the entrance to the shrine.

The Temples of the Shravanas

This very striking picture represents the temple of the Sacred Tank of the Shravans, or Jains, situated at Bellagolla, in Mysore. The building is dedicated to Bhadra Bahn, a holy man of the Jains who lived in the fourth century. On the summit of the hill which rises to a height of 3,250 feet may… Read more »

The Great Temple at Hullabeed

Halebid (ancient Dwarasamudra), a small town in the Hassan district, was once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty of the southern Deccan which flourished from the 12th to the 14th Century. Invasions by armies of the Delhi Sultanate led to its decline by the mid-14th Century. The Hoysalas were prolific temple builders and the site… Read more »

The Rajah and Principality of Mysore

The book gives us an insight into the position of the Maharaja of Mysore during the colonial period. The author, Thomas Evans Bell (1825 – 1887) was an English Indian army officer and writer who used the pseudonyms Undecimus and Indicus and wrote extensively on Indian affairs. He was a stern critic of the East… Read more »

Select View in Mysore

This volume is a historical account of the British officers and soldiers who fought against Tipu Sultan and compelled him to relinquish half his dimensions. The engravings published in the book focus on the battle grounds where the forces of Mysore defended against the British. Robert Home, a portrait artist and water colourist from London… Read more »

Dewan Purnaiya, Regent for Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Copper 25 Cash

This is a copper coin issued by Krishnacharya Purniya who was the regent (or Dewan) of the Mysore monarch Krishnaraja Wodeyar. On the obverse side is the depiction of the “Sardula” – a mythological beast with leonine features and horns, and an inscription in Kanarese in two registers. On the topmost register of this side… Read more »

Tipu Sultan, Gold Fanam

This is a gold fanam coin issued by Tipu Sultan in the year 1786. On the obverse side is inscribed the Persian letter “H” (for Haider Ali, Tipu’s father) inside a circle and dotted border. On the reverse side is inscribed the mint name, Calicut, in Persian and the date of issue.

Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, Silver 2/3 Pavali

This is a very fine and scarce coin struck during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the longest ruling Wodeyar king. Krishnaraja laid the foundation on which his successors built and transformed Mysore into a modern and model state. Another major significance of his ascendancy was that he was the first Wodeyar king to assume… Read more »

Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Copper, 20 Cash, type IV

This is a rare copper coin issued by the monarch of Mysore state Krishnaraja Wodeyar. On the obverse is inscribed the official emblem of the elephant executed in intricate detail, with two lines of inscriptions on top. The line on the top has the word “Shri” inscribed between the sun and the moon. The reverse… Read more »

Tirumalaraya, Vijayanagara Empire, Copper Jital

This is a rare copper coin with the denomination of jital issued under the reign of Tirumalaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire. He was the first king of the Empire from the Aravidu dynasty and this coin is of immense historical value. On the obverse side the coin features the official emblem of the Empire featuring… Read more »

Tippoo Sultan

This print is based on a portrait of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore and hostile opponent of the British in late 18th century South India, in the possession of Richard Wellesley, Governor-General of India during the fourth, and final, Anglo-Mysore war of 1799. Masterminded by Wellesley, the 1799 campaign, which resulted in Tipu’s death and… Read more »

Native officials of Coorg, India

This image from the Illustrated London News shows the capital city of Coorg, Mercara, or Madikeri, from a distance (above) and the native Kodava officials of Coorg in their traditional attire (below). The Kodava kingdom of Coorg bitterly opposed the expansionist Mysore state under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, resulting in one of the most… Read more »

Krishnadevaraya, Vijayanagara Empire, Copper Jital

This is a copper coin issued by Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire – the third ruler of the Tuluva dynasty that ruled the region in the early 16th century. On the obverse of the coin is the image of a bull, an animal that symbolised strength and virility and a common motif in the coins of… Read more »

Tomb of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali, Mysore

This engraving after an original photograph by Bourne and Shepherd shows the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali in Seringapatam (now Srirangapatna), erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mysore.The domed mausoleum is seen situated on a raised platform in the middle of a landscaped garden. The tomb was first built by Tipu to hold… Read more »

Hill-Fort of Kurmudroog

Engraving after a drawing by James Welsh, Lieutenant Colonel in the army of the East India Company, published in his ‘Military Reminiscences: extracted from a journal of nearly forty years’ active service in the East Indies? in 1830. Welsh describes the once impregnable fort of Kurmuldroog, or Kurnallah, as twice as inaccessible as Nundydroog (Nandidurga).… Read more »

Sepulchre of Mussalman Dynasty near Mysore

This engraving depicts the sepulchre or mausoleum of Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali in Seringapatam (now Srirangapatna), erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Mysore.The domed mausoleum is seen situated on a raised platform in the middle of a landscaped garden. The dome is supported on granite pillars, and, inside the mausoleum, the walls are decorated… Read more »