Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Srirangapattanna: Sword and Headgear of Tippu Sultan

Type 1

Tipu Sultan (November 1750, Devanahalli – 4 May 1799, Seringapatam), also known as the Tiger of Mysore, was the de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. He was the son of Hyder Ali, at that time an officer in the Mysorean army, and his second wife, Fatima or Fakhr-un-nissa. He was given a number of honorific titles, and was referred to as Sultan Fateh Ali Khan Shahab, Tipu Saheb, or Bahadur Khan Tipu Sultan.

This cancellation representing sword and Headgear of Tippu Sultan was introduced on 20.06.1987
Post Master

Type 2

Prior to Sword and Head gear cancellation a Postmark representing Gumbaz was used. This cancellation was introduced on 20.10.1978 and used till 1986. Gumbaz is the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan, his father Haider Ali and mother Fatima Begum. It is built on a lifted platform and is circumvented by various other tombs of his relatives and nobles. The Gumbaz has magnificent ebony doors decorated with ivory which was presented by Lord Dalhousie. The interior walls are covered with lacquer Tiger stripes which is Tipu's favourite. A corridor affirmed by pillars of black amphibole walls Gumbaz.
Masjid-e-aksa a mosque is situated next to the Gumbaz. The Gumbaz is circulated with a beautiful garden and this gives it a beautiful and cool sigh

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