May 23, 2010

Gumbaz, Srirangapatna

This Beautiful tomb was built by Tipu Sultan as a tribute to his illustrious father, Hyder Ali (1722-1784 A.D.), after his death. The Gumbaz is situated at the eastern extreme of Srirangapatna. It Enshrines the cenotaphs of Hyder Ali, his wife Fakr-Un-Nisa and Tipu Sultan, after his death in 1799 A.D. The structur is laid out amidst a garden, Typical of Islamic architecture.





It is built on a stone plinth, with polished black granite pillars that run along the corridor around the inner chamber. A magnificent dome crowns the building whose ornate railings and turrets are decorated with ball-shaped finials.




Outside the tomb are the graves of Tipu's children, wife and his close relatives and commanders of Tippu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali. The Gardern also house a beautiful mosque Masjid-E-Aqsa which has 2 beautiful minarets.


Picture below shows the graves of relatives and the mosque in the background, Its an HDR Image, i was lucky enough to pull this of because usage of tripod is prohibited in the primises without prior written concent from the authorities, i was asked not use my tripod after i took this shot



One can find the grave of Tipu Sultan laid besides the grave of his father and mother (see picture below, the first grave is of Tipu Sultan covered with cloth which has tiger paterns on it, next one is the grave of his father Hyder Ali and to the extreme end is his mother (Not seen in the picuture), this is the best shot i could get as i was asked not to photograph inside the tomb.

The interior of the tomb is painted with tiger strip patterns as Tipu was associated with a tiger, (he was called Share-E-Mysore which means, Tiger of Mysore). It is said that the painting was done by a french artist and it is said some kind of special powder was used so that the color does not fade.




At the eastern entrance of the Mausoleum is a tablet in Persian script that speaks of a martyrdom of Tipu Sultan in 1799 A.D. (Picture Below)



Picture below shows the coridor and the wals of the tomb which is crowned by a dome. Tomb has two entrance with ivory inlaid doors and two windows with intricate artwork (which can be seen in picture below). 


48 comments:

  1. What an incredibly beautiful place and, of course, your photos are superb! I particularly love the third one and the gorgeous skies! The history you include just makes the pictures that more beautiful and interesting. Marvelous post for the day, Sam! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Its unveliveble, really!!! almost as I can belive what my eyes really see Anhony. Than you so much for takng me into your world :-)

    Hugs from Anne

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  3. These photographs absolutely take my breath away! I love them all!

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  4. Man!!
    you have got eyes for beautiful things!!!!

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  5. Thanks Anne and hugs to you too :)

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  6. I'm glad your love the photo's Cheryl

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  7. How unbelievably gorgeous!

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  8. Samson: What a wonderful structure to honor this person life.

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  9. a beautiful shot of this place....

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  10. aloha,

    very beautiful photos, i love this historic monument, would love to also see more of the gardens

    thanks for sharing this...my world tuesday is on my plant fanatic blog

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  11. Wow truly amazing!
    Wonderful world.

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  12. This is an amazing building, I love your photos of it. You have a great blog here, a lot of wonderful photos.

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  13. How wonderful - what a tribute to the father :)

    http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/05/25/My-World-e28093-Budapest-just-now.aspx

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  14. Very beautiful! I was there last December--I loved every minute of my trip to India.

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  15. Wow, that is an amazing place, and your photos of the sights are great :)

    Hood Photo Blog

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  16. Incredible place!! And the history amazes me too. Happy Wednesday!

    ABC Wednesday~S

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  17. Those second and third photos are fantastic. Such a beautiful building. I would love to see it in real life someday.

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  18. Amazing architecture. The detail is a photographers dream. excellent choice for the letter S.

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  19. Here's an S word: SPECTACULAR Sultan structure!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  20. Pictures like poetry. A deep bow in respect of them. Please have a nice Wednesday.

    daily athens

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  21. Beautiful photos of an intriguing place. Thank you for the personal tour.

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  22. It is a gorgeous monument, your photos are all lovley. My favorite is the third one down. the skies are just beautiful!

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  23. The architecture is fantastic and the sky in the second and third shot is so gorgeous. I liked all of these photos very much. Thanks for showing us this remarkable place.

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  24. Hello Samson.
    You have such magnificent things to show! Wondrous!

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  25. The thrid picture has me completely captivated. What a beauty!

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  26. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!!

    happy swf

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  27. Very moving photos. Powerful, I feel like I'm there looking at it myself.

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  28. Hi Sanson
    questo è veramente un meraviglioso mondo.
    happy day :-)

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  29. Your photos are stunning! Amazing architecture. Thanks for sharing.
    http://fotoentusiastenfotoblogg.blogg.se/category/scenic-sunday.html

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  30. Hi! Just want to let you know that if you are joining scenic sunday, will you please link it also to us. Thank you!

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  31. Awesome series of photos! The photo with the building and the fantastic sky above it is absolutely gorgeous.

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  32. amazing series of pictures!

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  33. wonderful photos, thanks for sharing!

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  34. the intricate details are truly inspiring

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  35. I always wonder how much the ordinary people have to suffer to build such wonders.

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  36. My goodness beyond breathtaking shots! Just amazing. Happy WW- glad I clicked over.

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  37. The scene is really beautiful.

    Your photography is splendid.

    Thank you for showing a wonderful moment...

    From the Far East.
    Greetings.
    ruma

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  38. Beautiful beautiful, Anthony! You have captured such detail and color and most of all beautiful lighting.

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  39. Absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining us for ABC Wednesday.
    Donna

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  40. Breathtaking and exquisite photography. Reminders of our Indian history in photographs here. Great work!!

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  41. Absolutely stunning photography!!
    Reminded me of my history books and I've always loved History!! :)

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