Bengaluru

City’s tryst with Tipu Sultan

“This is the spot where the Battle of Bangalore was fought in 1791 when Tipu Sultan’s fortunes changed forever,” said history buff Ameen Ahmed, standing amid flower sellers at K.R. Market on an early Saturday morning.

Looking around, one sees that almost every patch of this land today is laden with a wide array of flowers, and its buyers and sellers. It is almost impossible to imagine that this was the exact spot where crucial battles were fought and the fate of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom was written.

In 1791, Tipu Sultan was defeated by the British, led by Lord Cornwallis. “The loss was a huge setback for Tipu who not only lost a lot of wealth but was also forced to accede many of his territories to the British. This is why I believe that Tipu’s rule actually ended here in Bengaluru with this battle,” said Ameen.

On the first Saturday of every month, Ameen Ahmed conducts ‘In the footsteps of the Tiger of Mysore’, a heritage walk organised by Bengaluru by Foot, that is specially curated to focus on Bengaluru’s tryst with Tipu Sultan.

During this walk, Ameen makes four stops – the Dargah of Bahadur Khan, who was the Kiladar of Tipu’s fort, the fort and the summer palace of Tipu and finally the armoury where Tipu stored his weapons. In two and a half hours, Ameen narrates stories, facts and nuggets from Tipu Sultan’s life gathered from extensive reading of primary sources and scholarly texts.

You can register for the walk by emailing bengalurubyfoot@gmail.com.

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