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Tipu Sultan

Updated on October 24, 2014

Tipu Sultan of Mysore.

Sultan Fateh Ali Tippu aka Tipu sultan, is one of the most brave, elegant and powerful rulers that India has produced.

Tipu Sultan was a pioneering personality of the Indian freedom struggle. Tipu Sultan has been recognized as a courageous leader who take care of Indian sovereignty.

He made his reputation by protecting and caring his subjects remarkably well. His impressive conflicts and efforts against the British Raj in India carried his name engraved in the annals of Indian history.

Numerous famous celebrities of the world history survived in the hearts of generations. They have levitated as super stars on the thoughts of humanistic legacy. This is the fact that is typical in Tipu Sultan fortune. It was the fact that shaped him ever-living in the millions of Indians' mind as Tiger of Mysore.

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About Sultan Tipu - Tiger of Mysore

Statue of Tipu Sultan
Statue of Tipu Sultan

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Sultan Fateh Ali Tippu behaved like a lion, against those British for consideration India's independence and expired like a lion on the war field. Admired in India as an ideal anti colonialist.

Tipu Sultan, the first son of Haider Ali by his second wife, Fatima or Fakhr-un-Nissa, had born on December 10, 1750 at Devanahalli.

Tipu had called after the name of a holy man,Tipu Mastan Aulia, at whose tomb Haider Ali and his wife had visited before Tipu's birth and begged for the birth of a son.

Tipu's 40 years of lifespan, he, one as well as the other, as a ruler and prince find never-ending hostilities. Even with his troubled life experience, variety of diversions carried out by him in unmistakable bisects of his administration and the secular days of his native is phenomenal.

He was also an able administrator and a warm and influential leader; who strongly opposed the British rule in India with continues warfare, and who in return was disliked intensely by the British rulers of India.

Tipu received excellent training in the war affairs from Ghazi Khan, a master warrior. Tipu Sultan set up a valiant battle with much greater forces. Tipu sultan climbed to the royal throne of Haider Ali after his death in 1782, followed the Second Mysore War and governed the Kingdom of Mysore.

He perfectly acquainted with battles from his boyhood until his death in Fourth Mysore war. Tipu Sultan and his moral character and the conventionality were portrays him as a common leader.

The line on his grave call him as the "King of Martyrs" and is an true honor to his remembering.

Mysore Territory
Mysore Territory

Haider Ali Rise to power

From a mercenary soldier

Haider Ali had been a tricky commander together with tasked out his unstable jobs with suited adeptness. By, his agility, Haider by and by grew into a small commanding leader.

In those days, State of Mysore separation by aiming as well two ministers had made the king an accessory in their hands and continued commanding on his behalf.

Haider has not just overcame the confusion within the state, on the other hand, took domination of the subsisting turbulence in the South India, annexing separate regions to Mysore as well as considerably extending its area.

The Karnataka hostilities helped in the going up of Haider Ali, just after Nasir Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad was assassinated, a portion of his wealth, per chance, plunged into the hands of Haider Ali.

He extended the number of his warriors and practiced them on the pattern of the French armed force. He step by step obtained higher ranks. He came to direct the so-called king including the Mysore administration, and totally seized command of all the authorities of power.

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Haider Ali father of Tipu Sultan
Haider Ali father of Tipu Sultan

Sultan Haider Ali

Father of Tipu Sultan

In the year 1721, Haider Ali father of Sultan Tipu, was born in an average Muslim family. He began his profession as a petty officer in the Mysore armored division.

He was an illiterate, but he has a clever brain and excellent knowledge in warfare. He was a person with great dynamism, bold and perception.

Haider Ali in a short time found his chance in the battles which involved Mysore state in South India for more than twenty years. He obtained sizable victories from the Marathas, and twice assaulted the British India territory, and rocked the British strength to its basements.

Haider's sword was his sources, as well as his genius, was his sense. For this reason, he can be identified with Punjab King Maharaja Ranjith Singh.

He built a Modern military warehouse in Dindigul in 1755 with the guidance of French experts. In 1761, he ousted the king of Mysore and laid the foundation for his authority over the Mysore state.

He expired in 1782. The ruling regime begun by Haider ended with his son Tipu Sultan, but their fame provide fire to the citizens of India for many ages to come, in their freedom struggle.

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Haider Ali (French Painting)
Haider Ali (French Painting)

Mysore Captured by Haider Ali

The Marathas and the Nizams, who maintained to produce a dilemma for Haider, effectuated the rise of Mysore with regard. His entire reign was a state of hostilities against the Hyderabad Nizam, Nawab of Carnatic as well as the Marathas who declared Mysore to be a group of their territory.

Both the Marathas and, Nizam of Hyderabad, on numerous incidents, sided with the British in mingled military ventures on Mysore. In the two Anglo-Mysore battles, Haider came up within staggering outer margin of the British outpost at Madras.

He had numerous respectful titles, summoned as Hyder Sahib in other words Sultan Hyder Ali Khan. Haider promoted one minister against some other, seized power for himself. He withheld the King as a royal prisoner and governed in his name.

Hyderabad Nizam. Osman Ali Khan
Hyderabad Nizam. Osman Ali Khan

Hider Ali - A Military Genius

Haider Ali was a combative mastermind, a competent premier and an understanding ruler. He clearly and visually noticed that the British, who were attaching one province after other were a threat to India's independence.

In disapproving the English, he tried to coordinated cooperation with the two other preceding leaderships of South India - " The Hyderabad Nizams" and the " Marathas". ". But, these two were themselves agitations of Haider.

As a consequence, the Nizam emerged as a tool in the hands of the British at the same time that the Marathas were always unpredictable. The British understood Haider Ali and then, Tipu, as their chief rival in South India.

Being a soldierly genius, Haider figured out that the authoritative point of the English was their naval forces. He, for this reason, sought the advice of the French who were the opponent of the British. He also commenced out building up a fleet of his own.

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Haider Ali father of Tipu Sultan
Haider Ali father of Tipu Sultan

Haider Ali - A Born Soldier

Able Administrator

Haider Ali son of Fateh Mohammad was born in the year 1722. Haider Ali has been a born battler and all along his lifetime he met many ups and downs but he never despaired. But he becomes a strong willed adversary and administrator, he was also an excellent captain.

He was beneficent to other religious faiths and enticed both the Hindus and Muslims non-convergent. He employed to seek the mystical enchantments of both the Hindu and Muslim holy men before beginning any military campaign.

He was cruel towards slanted officials and often his sons could hardly bypass his abhorrence if they abused any code of conduct. Though illiterate, Haider had an unbelievable memory and can discuss five languages adeptly. Haider spent the vast majority of his life-time in combat fields.

He extended numerous public works and road constructions, gardens and fortification in Bangaluru and Seringapatna are acknowledged to his kingdom. When Haider Ali departed in 1782, Tipu postulated the formal title of "Sultan".

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Sword of Tipu Sultan
Sword of Tipu Sultan

This historical novel tells the story of Tipu Sultan the man, the lover, the soldier, the prince, and the king.


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Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan

Sultan Tipu supported his father Haider Ali knocked the British in the Second Mysore conflict, and arbitrated the Treaty of Mangalore with British. He thumped the Marathas as well as the Nizams several time, and was as well one few Indian premiers to have defeated British.

During his young ages, Tipu proved gallant bravery and great military ability in wars carried by his father. This helps him rich understanding in the art of battle, but disadvantage him of customary education.

He, still, get along to become well-versed in Persian, Kanata also Urdu. Haider was full of distinction of Tipu and granted him the command of 200 horses. Following widened to 500 horses, and endowed him some districts as `Jagir'.

Under his operative ultimatum, the Mysore armed force set up a school of soldierly science to Indian monarchs. Tipu Sultan develops into an extensively acclaimed fighter as well as a graceful general.

He was the tyrant of numerous battles during which he had steered smashing downfalls on his enemies. The British had confronted a few of their most combative defeats in India at his hands.

Tipu had taught by own expertise that the English was the most dangerous threat to India, as well as he contemned them all the plentifully than his father Haider Ali.

First War With British

First Anglo-Mysore War

First confrontation between Haider and English in 1769 provoked as a consequence of the maleficence of the last named. They settled combative misunderstandings aide by the Nizam, to targeted against Haider.

Annoyed with this Haider marched past his armed forces into Nizam's country and forced the Nizam to penalize him in search out the British. He also had amity with the Maratha Chief who frequently struck some territory of Mysore. In the meantime, an English contingent remained, in fact, send forth to back up the Nizam.

Great Carnatic War
Great Carnatic War

The Great Carnatic War

Thus, Haider Ali accomplished in making Mysore a solid state in the South India, as well as himself, grow into its ruler. It absolutely stirred the possessiveness of the Marathas also the Nizam of Hyderabad.

The Nizam behaved quickly, however, did not execute lonely but favored to achieve in alliance with the British which concluded in the great First Anglo Mysore War. The Nizam assaulted Mysore with the guidance of an English army under Joseph Smith.

But the raid did not fulfill. In this first War, Haider Ali vanquished an army sent by the British from Bombay. Haider Ali attacked the British command and put it to flee. Haider by streamed the Carnatic with his horse squadrons entered at the out skirts of Madras provincial town.

The British terrified and did not understand what to do. Realizing that Haider could be facilely captured Madras (Chennai), they administered an irksome peace treaty with Haider Ali. They gave up a few territorial control to Haider and surrendered by singed a treaty that stated the two parties should be companions and help each other in case of any kind of hostilities.

To commemorate this great conquest, Haider verbally communicated to have authoritatively mandated a portrait to be made describing the Madras British Governor, as well as his councilors rest on the knees before himself, (Haider). Thus finished the first Anglo Mysore war. In contrast, it was only a momentary peace agreement between two foes.

East India Company and It's Remark

It was on the year 1600 that an authorization admitted by Queen Elizabeth I incorporated some 219 affiliates under the name of The Governor as well as Company of Merchants of London doing business into the East India: that was the body that came to be recognized as the English East India Company.

Along with its budget enterprise in the Netherlands, the Dutch East India Company established just over a year following, it lasted out as the most memorable up-to-date organization of business capitalism.

The commencement of the English East India Company on 31 Dec 1600 was succeeded by that of the Dutch East India Company on 20 Mar 1602. The situation, however, experienced a substantive correction during the following half of the eighteenth century.

The launch site was the conclusion of political advantage by the English East India Company in different regions of the India. British administrator has portrayed as an elephant's trunk, flowing gold coins at the feet of the champion.

The British Commander, Smith depicted as accepting the covenant in his hand and breaking his sword into two. On auditory observing the news of this collapse, the Directors of the East India Company in London chattered that it would take an unusually long time for the British to increase their way and decency in India.

Furthermore, the British had made a deposit of amicability with Haider, as canonically they had no intention of persisting acquiescent to it. The next year, Mysore again assaulted by the Marathas and Haider called for British help in accidence with the caveats of the treaty.

The British, however, did not realize. This abandonment on the part of the British made Haider their vitriol archenemy, and he determined to punish them at the conveniently appropriate time.

The Second War

The British themselves quickened the second war with Haider by attaching the port of Mahe which was under Haider's protection. Another British force advanced through Haider's land without his consent. Haider immediately made arrangements for British territory.

He drew the Marathas and the Nizam into an alliance, attained French naval assistance along the seacoast and came over on the plains of the Carnatic in 1780 with an army of about 90,000 men. Tipu, who was eighteen years old, and his brother Karim accompanied their father on this expedition.

a thunderstorm, Haider's cavalry stormed through the Carnatic and began heading towards Madras city. All along the route, the British did not dare resist his onslaught.

Great Pollilur Battle
Great Pollilur Battle

Tipu Sultan's The Great Pollilur Battle

There was not in India any example of a similar war

Tippu Sultan procured to take care of high possibilities at a time whenever the British persecution had expressed its control over the substantial areas of Indian land. At long last, a British force under the command of Baillie marched to meet his advance.

Haider sent Tipu to stop him and a fierce battle took place at a place called Pollilur. In July 1780, Haider Ali penetrated the plain of Karnataka with 83,000 warriors and one hundred cannons.

The English forwarded one contingent under Colonel Baillie as well as a further under Sir Hector Munro to resist Haider Ali. Tipu, the son of Haider Ali storm across to check the joining of the two British armies.

He clashed a fight against Baillie at Pollilur near Kanjeepuram. Baillie, as well as his complete army, was cut down to pieces. The British forces surrounded and routed.

b>Baillie waved his white hand kerchief and surrendered. The British had never before suffered such a collapse. By Dec, 1780, Haider seized Arcot and put the English in a most laborious stand.

The English lost all their territories in Karnataka except the sea coast. A companion of Haider Ali, who was a French military expert wrote, "In India, there is no any occurrence of a similar battle".

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The Carnatic Nawab - Mohamed Ali
The Carnatic Nawab - Mohamed Ali

The Madras treasury has emptied, and there were no provisions supply in the town. If Haider had assaulted it, he could have certainly captured it.

He steered his concentration to Arcot at which point the English captain John Dupot and Mohammed Ali, the Nawab of Carnatic, capitulated to him. The whole region has over run.

Tipu scored one more sweeping triumph over the British at Cuddalore. Haider has subsequently sent Tipu to protect the western boundaries of Mysore.

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warren Hastings. Governor General. East India Company
warren Hastings. Governor General. East India Company

Haider Ali Died

Tipu Sultan Followed Haider Ali and continued the war

After the defeat at Pallilur, Warren Hastings, still did not lose spirit. He proceeded diplomatically also tried to win favor of the Nizam together with the Marathas.

returned the region of Guntur to the Nizam who departed side of Haider Ali. In the same manner, the Bhonsle together with the Sindhia were square off diplomatically, and the two accepted to leave the cause of Haider Ali.

Haider Ali was in such a way, left alone to struggle against the British. At the At the Porto Novo, in 1781 Sir Eyre Coote assaulted Haider's troops and impelled him back.

It was not a serious loss since Haider had pulled out his troops in order, but it moderated his onward parade towards Madras city. Some more conflicts followed in which triumph turned heads. About this time (1782), Haider Ali expired.

Tipu proceeded war against the British even after the death of his father. The British India command at Bombay deputed Brigadier Mathews to assault Mangalore as well as Bengalore.

He was, but, mastered also keep as captive by Tipu Sultan. It was a giant blow to Tipu sultan. He thought instead of proceeding a dubious war single-handed it would be better come to course of time with the British. The Treaty of Mangalore endorsed in 1784, bestowing to which both sides gave up defeated regions.

Marquess Cornwallis - The Most Honourable General
Marquess Cornwallis - The Most Honourable General

British Conspiracy of Decoits to Destroy a Real King.

The English measured these external contacts of Tipu extremely dangerous to their safety and resolute to stop him now. In order to combine the other Indian rulers against Tipu,Cornwallis built a military alliance with the Nizam, the ruler of Travancore and a few others.

A British chronicler has portrayed this relationship as a plot of decoits to eliminate a real King. Tipu unmistakably saw that the alliance proposed against him and so determined to beat the first blow.

Cornwallis took all forethought before announcing war against Tipu Sultan. He has gone in to agreements the one and the other with the Marathas as well as the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Both accepted to assist the British against Tipu Sultan. It was also accepted that the conquered area would be shared between the three partners.

Although the load of the war fell for the most part on the shoulders of the British, yet, they were positive that Tipu Sultan would be left singly in battling against them. The British, then, pronounced war against Tipu Sultan in the year 1970.

It was a large setback to Tipu sultan. He considered instead of continuing a suspicious war single-handed it would be suitably come to sequence of period with the British. The Treaty of Mangalore signed in 1784, offering to which both sides gave up conquered regions.

Tipu Sultan"s Allies
Tipu Sultan"s Allies

Tipu Sultan and His Allies

The British, however, did not prove loyal to this treaty also. Soon, the Marathas and the Nizam attacked Tipu's territory and the British, instead of going to his help as per the treaty, indirectly supported his enemies.

Further, Cornwallis, the New Governor General started making arrangements for a full-scale war against Tipu Sultan. Anticipating the danger, Tipu also started preparing himself. He sent a mission to the Turkish Sultan and another to the French Emperor.

These monarchs were very friendly towards Tipu, but could not give him any active assistance.

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The Maharaja of Travancore (Uthradom Thirunal?) receives a letter from Queen Victoria
The Maharaja of Travancore (Uthradom Thirunal?) receives a letter from Queen Victoria

Siege of Srirangapatna

He invaded Travancore, an associate of the British, in 1789. Using this torrent as a leverage, the British army, moved into Mysore from two routes.

The Nizam's forces also followed them, and the Marathas merged them later. In spite of attempting for full one year, the British commanding officer could not get any victory against Tipu.

Then, Cornwallis himself took over authority of the British forces and, after a solid fight for one more year; he reached in over powering Tipu. Srirangapatnam the seat of government of Tipu besieged.

Tipu Sultan's No to Ottoman Caliph

There was an interchange of consulates between the Turkish Ottoman, Sultans and the Indian Mughal Emperors until the conclusion of the eighteenth century. The one and only Indian ruler who sought advice from Ottoman Caliph was Tipu Sultan, whose main aim was to seek cooperation against the British East India Company.

Even though, he admitted the Turkish Ottoman caliphs patent, he did not procuring any guidance from Turkey. Tipu Sultan had attempted to enter into comparable anti-British collusion with Napoleon, Afganistan's ruler Zaman Shah, as well as the Muscat's ruler Imam.

The Turkish Sultan's (Salim III) opponents in Europe sought to find out peaceable relationships with the British East India Company. After this instance he sent a message to Tipu Sultan, through the British East India Company's Governor General Lord Wellesley, recommending him to be friendly with the British.

Turkey's Sultan also informed his hatreds against the French administration in India. Tipu Sultans response to this message was a definite NO.


Capital of Old Mysore State

Just 78 miles from the cantonment of Bangaluru, also nine miles from Mysore city, on an island shaped by the coiling of the river Cauvery, may be yet seen and call upon the citadel of Srirangapatna.

Srirangapatna was the executive seat and the headquarter of the erstwhile Mysore empire. It was the memorable capital of Tipu Sultan known for his struggle against British rule.

Some magnum opus relating to his leadership dotted across the island town. A riverside island sliced by the flow of Cauvery on its north and south and join at the nearby sangama.

The quiet hamlet, stepped in history and found with sites, of archaeological significance and landmark constructions that were spectator to a riotous era in the annals of India.

The Treaty of Srirangapatna

Tipu Signed Two Treaties with British

As long as the British has battled alone, Tipu at all times penalized them. He could not reach over their tact, disloyalty and plot.

The French, on the other hand, leave off Tipu after approving of the peace agreement of Versailles. The British avail oneself of the aptness with the assistance of the Nizam as well as the Marathas and started the third Anglo-Mysore war.

In this method, he has overcame in his headquarters of government, Srirangapatna, and beat against to record a burlesquing settlement on March 22, 1792. As entire defeat overawed him, Tipu adheres loyalty to treaty-The pact of Sriranga Patna (Srirangapatnam) - with those British.

Comparing to the agreement, Tipu hand out half his areas, in addition to that accepted to, reimburse a fee of 33 million Indian Rupees to this British. Tipu recompensed most of the funds adjacently, yet, had to furnish his two young lads as securities for the balance of the sum. He was capable to pay the sum due within two years.

Tipu Sultan's Big Defeat
Tipu Sultan's Big Defeat

Tipu Sultan's Big Defeat

He never thought of becoming a stooge of the British

In spite of this big downfall, Tipu has not discouraged. He never thought of becoming an instrument of the British like those Nizam, Marathas, in order to rescue his Kingdome.

The loss only strengthened his resolve to run out the British from India as well as he started making energetic arrangements for the showdown.

He consulted with the Marathas, the ruler of Afghanistan and the French for a league against the English. The Marathas were not, of course usefully disposed towards him.

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Afgan King Shah Zaman
Afgan King Shah Zaman

Unlucky Tipu Sultan

In order to support the anti-British forces, King Shah Zeman of Afghanistan advanced into India with his armed force in 1797, he occupied Lahore, and the British was panic stricken.

If the Afghan monarch had proceeded his march to Delhi, all the British regiments would have gone to the North, and Tipu could have finished their influence in South India.

Unluckily for Tipu, Shah Zeman had to rush home in 1798 to defend his country against a Persian intrusion. Both Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, built hard task quite comparable Ranjit Singh's, to bring up to date and deepen their capacities against the British by utilize French counselors.

However, such applications to protect and get proper care of the country's prospects have not reached extensively enough when it occurs.

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Tipu Sultan Was Left Alone in The Battle
Tipu Sultan Was Left Alone in The Battle

Tipu Sultan Was Left Alone

Tipu had forwarded a secret deputation to the French Governor of Mauritius. The Governor provided a public welcome to the trip and also issued a joint report for volunteers to attend under Tipu.

This public exhibit spoiled Tipu's way and alerted the British. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French intrepid warrior, addressed a letter to Tipu Sultan from Egypt saying that he was "full of anticipation of liberating you from the powerful iron yoke of British", and suggest Tipu Sultan to make him an agent.

Soon, notwithstanding, Napoleon was himself separated off from Egypt by the English out forces, invalidating his plans for thrusting the British out of India. Tipu had thus left alone.

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Lord Wellesley. Governor General, East India Company
Lord Wellesley. Governor General, East India Company

Lord Wellesley

Governer General. East India Company

Alarmed by his outside contacts, the British fabricated preparations, for irrevocably destroying him. Lord Wellesley, the fresh Governor General, made the Nizam consents to the stationing of a British power in his Kingdom.

The Marathas also assented to meet the British against the Mysore Sultan. Wellesley at this time sent an incitement to Tipu command an explanation for his associations with the French and asking him disarm at once.

Tipu did not comply with these charges and sent a vague reply.

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Treachery of the Devan, Mir Sadik,

In February 1799, the British advanced into Mysore from two ways. They have properly prepared. The Nizam and the Marathas assisted them, and some betrayers in Tipu's secret soldiers also helped them.

The British was, thus, able to make speedy progress and, unable to manage them, Tipu withdrew to his fortification of Srirangapatnam. The British blockaded and taken it by a hit in May 1799. Tipu did not hopelessness and never considered of surrendering.

He made a heroic stand at the North Gate entrance of the Fort. At last, he has dangerously wounded, and his supporters laid him inside a palanquin.

One of the English warriors entering the castle tried to grab the renowned and jeweled "SWORD OF TIPU SULTAN" from Tipu, but the dying lion struck and scraped the British soldier. Tipu Sultan murdered by a bullet fired by this soldier.

We need not advert to the history of this well known campaign, but merely notice the account of the means by which the British obtained entrance into Srirangapatna. It is entirely to the treachery of the Devan, Mir Sadik, whose disloyalty was not detected by Tipu Sultan pretty near to the last movement.

Tipu Sultan's Death Place - Vid

Valiant Words of Tipu Sultan

He has informed about the deceitfulness of his trusted officers, and the arrival of the British forces, at once he rushed towards the battle front with his renowned sword. He courageously fought a hand to hand conflict.

During the fight, he has advised to follow the British offer of subsidiary alliance. The reply, which was the lionhearted Sultan Tippu, gave will go down as the most courageous recorded in the history of India.

"It is far better live for two days like a lion than for two hundred years like a lamb". These heroic words emitted from the mouth of Sultan Fateh Ali Tippu.. His own life established the validity of this statement. Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore has gone back to his capital and proceeded war till he breathed his last in May 1799.

British Troops Looted Srirangapatna

In the long struggle which took place between Tipu and the British, it is honorable to the sultan that when any fort or city was taken by his troops he issued the strictest orders the female honor should be respected while the British on such occasion indulged in the wildest excesses of licentiousness and out rages.

Tipu Sultan's body has disentangled from a pile of corpses and has honorably buried the next day by the side of his father. The British troops looted the city and the atrocities committed by them have condemned by the British commander himself.

The members of Tipu's family have removed to Vellore, in the Madras Presidency and interned there. After annexing some territories, Wellesley handed over the rest of the Mysore Kingdom to a descendant of the Hindu royal family whom Haider Ali had over thrown.

The Wodeyar regime of Mysore was ousted by Hyder Ali. Next the British conquered Tipu Sultan son of Hyder Ali; the Wodeyar administration was replaced to power by the British as their feudatory.

During the British control Karnataka's regions were shared among Mysore, Hyderabad and Coorg land as well as the British provinces of Bombay and Madras.

Dreams of Tipu Sultan

Revealed by a book

The British Parliament praised Wellesley on installing a stable foundation for the British imperialism in India. Thus, ended-the life story of a loyal lover of his country. Whose only thirst was to chase out the British trespassers from his homeland. This thought pervaded him even while he was dreaming. This is disclosed by a literary work in the Persian Language in which Tipu has written some of his dreams. In one vision he orally communicates,"The Nazarenes (British) should be ejected from India."

Tipu Sultan - A Short Bio:

Born: 20 November 1750

Father: Hyder Ali

Mother: Fakhr-un-nissa

Birthplace: Devanahalli

Died: 4 May 1799 (aged 48)

Place of death: Srirangapatna

Buried: Srirangapatna

Reign: 1782 to 1799

Royal House: Kingdom of Mysore

Predecessor: Hyder Ali

Successor: Krishnaraja Wodeyar II

Tipu pledged in marriage with three wives, one by one. After the expiration of his last also his attached spouse Khadhija Bagum, a cultured woman of great knowledge and wisdom, he continued a widower for the rest of his existence.

Tipu was a respecting dad and an obliging son of his mother, who applied remarkable control over him.

Sultan Tipu
Sultan Tipu

Tipu Sultan - Religious Extremist?

Governor General Lord Wellesley commenced an operation of defamation against Tipu Sultan

Since Tipu was in vigorous enemy of the British, the following reviled and feared him. Wellesley commenced a campaign of falsehood against Tipu Sultan, portraying him as a rebellious Muslim monster, and he was harass his own subjects and organizing to chase the British out of India.

An English Christian father has noted down that British parents used to reveal the name of Tipu in order to stop their crying children. Many British biographers as usual have defamed Tipu as a religious fanatic who harassed the Hindus and a bully who crushed his subjects.

Supposing that, Tipu Sultan had long been recognized as heir apparent to his father Haider Ali, and mounted the throne without resistance, it was, however, the throne of a usurper. For the upholding of his power, it was necessary to maintain a larger military establishment than the earnings of the country could produce; and the resource, which naturally offered, itself was an enlargement of his territory.

Of his genuine possessions, too, much had been wrested from the jurisdiction of adjacent states, who were readily eager to take on the first suitable circumstance of attaching territories from Tipu's land.

Of these states, almost all pretended a religion separate from his own; and this was also the religion of the small number of his citizens. It is easily conceivable that a religious fanatic could not control these situations for a long period.

He started several administration and military modernizations to his Mysore area (which contains broadening of rocket technology) and initiated and push ahead a more extensive use of Persian as well as Urdu languages in southern India.

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Tipu Sultan's Noble Qualities

If Tipu Sultan had a brutal and fanatic leader, citizens would only be satisfied on Tipu's death. In fact, as eyewitnesses Lieutenant Colonel C. Patrick and Lieutenant Colonel Beatson pronouncements, the sides of the road have jammed with spectators, crying and beating their chests, follow the end of their notorious king.

Both the British officers also say that the funeral convoy had brought the movement to a standstill. Though he had a large share of Asiatic virtues; his subjects and his soldiers adhered to him with a fidelity such as no mere tyrant could have commanded.

It is said by a German writer, who instances Napoleon as an example that the English heap calumnies on a foe when living and eulogies when dead. We shall not refuse justice to those nobler qualities which his failings overshadowed.

It was usual for the British imperialists as well as their fanatic historians to depreciate the brave actions of regional princes and praise themselves and their innate traitors. Established cases of this British unjust habits are their history of the nationalist challenge of Tipu Sultan of Mysore as well as the Indian battle of Independence of 1857, especially the role of Nana Saheb in it.

Tipu Sultans Tolerance

The greater number of inhabitants of Mysore state is Hindus. Amongst this classical, agrarian race, a solar or lune-solar calculation of time had predominated from the primeval eras. The had also instituted, for civil prospects, a sequence of sixty years, each classified by a special name, also beginning about the vernal equinox.

Tipu Sultan leadership and style being practical of many sound-thinking advantages in this arrangement, or wishing of Shewing tolerance to the customs of his Hindu citizens, fixed upon embracing it into his calendar. In some areas like Malabar, Tipu took strong measures against a disorderly people, but these were not due to religious fanaticism but were taken for a military and political necessity.

Moreover, when Tipu Sultan was under heavy compulsion from the British, his citizens did not uprising against him. This exposes their affection for him. Further, the British themselves have proved that the farm workers in Tipu's subject territory were much more well-to-do than their (British) own region.He made his kingdom safe and amicable with sympathetic rule. He was an open-minded king who managed his non-Muslim citizens liberally.

Tipu was otherwise tolerant to the Hindus. His minister, Purnaiya, was a Hindu. Tipu used to request Brahmins to pray at times of danger and made rich gifts to Hindu Temples. The letters to Tipu Sultan, to the then Jagad-Guru Shankaracharya of Sringeri, bear witness to his spirit of tolerance. In one of his letters he writes: "...We request you, along with the other Brahmins of the mutt, to pray to God, so that all the enemies may suffer defeat and take to flight and all the people of our country live happily and to send us your blessings."

Tipu Sultan - A modern study
Tipu Sultan - A modern study

Tipu - A Modern Study

Contemporary research by philomaths has succeeded something in restoring a very distinct Tipu to the one-dimensional fanatic designed by Wellesley. Tipu was one of the most innovative and far-sighted ruler of the pre-colonial age.

When Maratha cavalrymen has turned upside down at the mutt and drags out the idol of Goddess Sharada, Tipu without delay sent an ample sum of funds for the sanctification of the idol and for feasting the Brahmins on the occurrence.

He took firm action against the Marathas and conveyed a battalion of warriors to defend the mutt. In a note to the Jagad-Guru on the happening, Tipu Sultan inscribed, "treason to gurus will without doubt issue in the demolition of the list of decent.".

In one more letter to the swami he addressed, "You are constantly performing sacrament in order that the globe may turn out well and that the humanities may dwell, that country will thrive with good rainfalls and crops".

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Tipu Sultan's Rule

Tipu's perception of the Nation-State has the competencies of the government to the common people, the removal of feudalistic delegates. His attempt to make up a conventional method of laws and his formulation of a civil service, fresh ideas, out of harmony with his times and, and so, unacceptable to those around him.

As the royal throne of the Mysore Kingdom, from the promising steps of that the sun of the top of requiring control and power, had stood in height above the heaven.

And as the country combining its assets considered the vernal brightness of the younger generation; in order to pay the good duties of his loyal servants, the conquering Sultan awarded royal gifts to everyone separately.

And, having praised them be raising their position and requirement, he gave directions for the happy recognition of his selection to the royal authority by the method of pampering and relaxation.

After the end of joy and happiness, Tipu, motivating his lucrative steps on the royal seat of the government of the affairs of his nation. He has distributed bonuses to all the commanding administrators of forts, the farmers, and collectors of duty in the land.

His first ambition was being to attain the good will of the body by his service and honor and by embracing out hopes of coming progress; from policy. For this purpose, the permission, all of them before occupied in his country was still continued by them on the similar foothold.

The greatest praise his champions, the British, could pay him was the true confirmation of these ideas in their later governance of India. The winning of Mysore and the end of life of Tipu are basic in Anglo-Indian history as they faced the rise of British power in India as well as the end of French control through Tipu's relationship with France.

Tipus Memory
Tipus Memory

Tipu Sultan's Memory is a Source Of Inspiration

Tipu Sultan's power be seated on not only on his large, glorious army but on the dignified opulence of the country he developed through sympathetic and efficient agricultural and mercantilism guidelines.

Fearing God, set forward himself for his citizens, and indulgently forgiving mischief, he firmly cleared out all persistent treachery to the state without prejudice to caste or creed. If, in spite of all these characters, Tipu Sultan fell, it was because of dominance beyond his control.

The British has a better-trained and secure, equipped army and navy, operated a subtle course and had the underpinning of other Indian kings. Tipu fought, quite strongly against such heavy odds till his last breath.

His courage and community mind have ensured for him a respectable place in history. Tipu Sultan's patriotic fire has burned profoundly within the hearts of future Indian independence gladiators, paving the way for drop down the British command in the years to come.

His thought was a source of inspiration, all through the campaign, for India's freedom and will continue to remain so in conserving India's hard-won independence against external threat.

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Tipu Sultan's Tomb - Vid - at Srirangapatna.

People praised the remembrance of the Tiger of Mysore. A large gathering of travelers drop over the memorial Gumbaz, at Srirangapatna where he is lay to rest, Haidar Ali as well as his son Tipu. Once a year at the time of demise of Tipu sultan over his burial chamber reads Naubat - big roar of drums, which in Tipu Sultan's soldiers celebrated the victory.

After Tipu Sultan's Death

After Tipu sultan's death, his 12 sons and relatives, a group of 300 people, were sent to Kolkata by British ruler, so as to put off the family from becoming a meeting point of mutiny against British rule.

At Kolkata, they were in a distant land among the people of another language and history whom it would be not easy to provoke by invoking the bravery of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.

Tipu Sultan Mosque - at Kolkatta

Tipu's Mosque at Kolkatta
Tipu's Mosque at Kolkatta

Even now Kolkata has many landmarks remembering Tipu sultan, the most famous one is a well-designed mosque in the centre of the city.

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Voice of Tipu Sultan

"The British had never been faced with a more challenging foe. My administration begins in the middle of war against the English and concludes in the midst of conflict against them.

I never deflected from my purpose. It was the last incident when an Indian monarch had dictated the course of time to the strong British"

Sword of Tipu Sultan

Sword of Tipu Sultan
Sword of Tipu Sultan

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The sword that was found next to Tipu Sultan's body after his death

In the Final battle Tipu Sultan was killed and this sword was found next to his body. The royal Sword of Tipu Sultan has even undergone various international possession controversies, ultimately the sword being brought back to India for public display by industrialist-politician Vijay Mallya, after nearly two centuries.

Tipu Sultan against the British Empire - Vid - Part - 1

Tipu and his Missile War - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India called Tipu Sultan the innovator of the worlds first war rocket.

Tipu Sultans Rockets
Tipu Sultans Rockets
Indian Solider of Tipu Sultans Army
Indian Solider of Tipu Sultans Army

Around 1044, Rockets were promoted in medieval China. The first favorable rocket application for perceptive adventure other then recreation befell in 1232 AD by way of all-powerful Chinese against the Mongols at the assault of Kai-Feng-Fue.

Following from 1750 AD to 1799 AD Haider Ali, as well as Tipu Sultan, (Sultans of Mysore, in south India) achieved the rocket's use for combatant adventures. They were extremely resultant practicing rocket technology in onslaught against British Indian armed forces.

There were 27 units (called Kushoons) in the Tipu Sultan's armed force and each unit arranged a troop of rocket men named Jourks. Throughout secondary Anglo-Mysore war, at the conflict of Pollilur (1780), Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan succeeded an undoubted victory, whereby the entire British army commands by Colonel Baillie were eliminated, and 3820 British soldiers were taken captive (with Colonel Bailli).

The contributory act scheduled to the numerous British resources tumbrils was disposed on fire by Mysorean rockets. Tipu Sultan was the earliest Indian King who originated and used advanced arms and rockets against British armed force in 17th century.

Tipu Sultan advanced missile battle Technology with a meaningful alteration in the compression chamber of metal-containing explosive powder combustion.

Rockets could be of separate sizes, but the ordinary design was an iron pipe roughly 8" lengthy and 1½ - 3" diameter, sealed at one end also strapped to a shaft of bamboo about 4ft extended.

The circular solid was prepared with explosive substance and some powder - a great rocket, transporting about one pound of explosive powder could travel approximately 1,000 yards.

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Rockets Were Particularly Effective Against Cavalry

Even though, the hammered soft iron put to use was crude, the bursting toughness of the container of gunpowder was much bigger. And thus rocket's excellent internal force was possible, with the effect it gives larger propulsive drive to the rocket.

The warhead was attached with lengthy leather rope to a bamboo stick. The reach of the rocket was just about a kilo meter. Despite the actuality that separately these rockets were not precise, dispersion mistake became less perceptive when a huge number of rockets fired swiftly in indiscriminate assaults.

They were especially efficient against cavalry and were propelled into the air, after flashing, or floated the hard, dry ground. Tipu Sultan proceeded to develop and extend the use of missiles reportedly broadened the number of rocket companies from 1200 to 5000.

The struggle in Srirangapatna in the years 1792 and 1799, those rockets were utilized with sizable effect against the British soldiers.

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Tipu Sultan's New Inventions

It is orally declared that Tipu Sultan was hunting in the nearby woods with a French companion. He occurred face to face with a tiger. Tipu's rifle did not work, and his knife fell on the soil as the tiger leaped over on him. Tipu quickly reached and plucked the knife and slayed the tiger with it.

That occurrence gained him the nickname "The Tiger of Mysore". Tipu had the image of a tiger on his flag. Tippu was also greatly fond of modernization. Alexander Beatson has specified that Tipu Sultan was "ardently fond of modern inventiveness".

As specified earlier, Tipu comprehended three languages. He had a sense of innovation and curiosity. He tried to change the Muslim Calendar and gave an introduction different scales of weights and measures and a new usage of coins. He was also keen to introduce western science in his country.

He possessed a valuable library which has subsequently removed by the British to Calcutta. His combative brain causing dismay to several British generals. The speed of his advances and the speed with which he changed his foregrounds thoroughly confused the British.

Tipu Sultan's History

History of Tipu Sultan
History of Tipu Sultan

This book characterizes Tipu Sultan important chronicled events that vibrated India as a country or prominent historical personalities.

Tipu's summer palace, which is now a national monument and a tourist hotspot.
Tipu's summer palace, which is now a national monument and a tourist hotspot.

Grand Legacy of Tipu Sultan

Tipu built and empowered many forts and a few palaces, which has batter down by the British after his demise. Bangalore Summer Palace still lives and is a remain standing of his famous rule.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace has constructed in the heart of Bangalore City. This imposing structure has quite assembled in Teak Wood. It served as a guest house for Tipu in the summer.

The property has raised more than 200 years ago. It is a well known travelers attraction situated in Bangalore. Entry Fee has charged to view this Summer Palace.

In addition, Tipu's biggest legacy, he also left behind magnificent memoirs. That cover his elegantly ornamented weaponry, the mechanical Tippu's tiger, his beloved 'Tiger-Head' throne, Tipu's coins, as well as the prestigious engraved royal 'Sword of Tipu Sultan,' which he ardently, held until after he breathed his last.

The dignified Sword of Tipu Sultan has even undergone different international property debates, to conclusively brought back to India for display by industrialist Vijay Mallya, after proximately two centuries. The royal "Sword of Tipu Sultan", even has numerous documentaries and television serials produced after it that depict the life of Tipu Sultan.

Also, famous is Tipu's construction of his summer palace (Daria Daulat Bagh), which is right now a national monument and a prominent tourist spot.

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Tipu Sultan's Palace - Vid - at Bengaluru

The Fort stands up as a viewer to the fight backs of the Mysore state against the British domination.

One more main allure of the fortress is the well- maintained Vinayaga temple positioned within the fort. In side, the fort lays Tipu Sultan royal residence, which dates back to year 1790. Constructed entirely by teak-wood, the palace raised as the summer living quarters of Tipu Sultan. The two-storied castle stands decorated with pillars, arches and terraces.

From the main entry, one can see the pleasing gardens on both side of the Palace. There are pleasing floral themes embellishing the partitions as well as the roofs of the Tipu Sultan royal residence. ipu Sultan used to manipulate the government matters from the eastern and western verandas of the upper floor. After the demise of Tipu sultan, the palace used by the British as their bureau, till 1867.

Tipu Sultan fortress and the intricately sculpture arches have constructed as per the Islamic style. Located near the Bangalore City Market, this Tipu Sultan Fort constructed by Tipu in the year 1537. It was on this spot that Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu, detained David Baird, along with a number of another British militia officers.

The dreams of Tipu Sultan
The dreams of Tipu Sultan

From the age of fifteen onwards, we see Sultan Tipu following his father Haider Ali in many wars, which he fought. His dreams are regards with his battles against the British Indian government and how to free his country from the foreign rule.

Devanahalli Fort
Devanahalli Fort

Devanahalli Fort

In 1501, the Devanahalli fortress was constructed by Mallabaire Gowda. In 1749, Nanjarajaiah, the former Dalwai of Mysore assaulted and conquered the fort.

Succeeding the war, the fort was seized over by Hyder Ali and following by Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore. As a matter of fact, Devanahalli fort is the birth spot of Tipu Sultan as well as he was born there in 1750.

In 1791, Lord Cornwallis laid attack to the fortress and took command during the Mysore War.

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Gingee Fort - Vid - Tamil Nadu

This fort of Gingee is also identified as the troy of India. It was in the first instance built by Ananda Konar relates to Konar clan. This Konar clan gave loyal assistance to the mighty Cholas and in reconsideration had authority over their sovereignty. Later on, with the decline of the Chola empire, the fort was seized over by the Marathas - moreover in particular by a monarch called Tejsing. Conclusively, Hyder occupied this unconquerable citadel.

Bekal Fort - Vid - at Kasergod,

It is one of the diplomatic citadels in the archives of Malabar. Bekal subserved as crucial militaristic point of Tipu when he led the absolutely amazing military campaign to conquer Malabar. The coins as well as some beside evidences discovered by way of the archaeological unearthing conducted in recent times at Bekal fort is apprehended as a sign of a characteristic strong occupancy of the Sultanate of Mysore.

From Nayakas to Tipu and then to the British Empire, it has sub-served as an armed station. The demise of Tipu Sulthan in Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799 observed the end of Mysore's control; then this fortress extended under the British East India Company.

Palakkad Fort
Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort

This Tippu Sultan Fort is established at the middle of Palakkad township. It is sought-after as Palakkad fort.

Acknowledged as one of the excellent conserved fortifications of south India, Tipu Sultan fort Palakkad was built in 1766. Today, this Tipu Sultan's fort is a preserved exemplar and is cared after by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Still today, the hardy walls of the fortress speak volumes about the fables of heroism and courageousness of Tipu Sultan, also familiar as the "Tiger of Mysore".

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Image of Tipu Sultan

The image of Tipu Sultan has preserved to command Indian and British vision for over two centenaries, as the illimitable stream of studious works, dance dramas, shows and fictions about his turbulent life and fateful end testifies.

What, however, is less outstanding is that this man, who use up a large part of his lifetime on horseback, advanced a record of his dreams, which he retained hidden from his most proximate companions.

The edified and upright control of Tipu Sultan shaped Mysore by far the galore prosperous state of the east. Tipu was surely the vigorous among regional princes of India. He was fairly praised as the best stumbling blockade in the manner of alien control over the Indian subcontinent.

The authentic aristocracy of Tipu Sultan was his battle against weighty odds as well as in impeccably putting down his life for only a virtuous cause. This circumstance accomplished for him an eternal place among the record of celebrated men around the planet.

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Tipu Relic Found in Museum

It's been sitting in a storeroom at the Chennai museum for years, and on Monday a brass replica of Tipu Sultan's cannon, dating back to 1799, finally saw light of day. The replica was made by the British East India Company at its gun carriage factory near Fort Saint George in Madras in 1799 to mark its victory over Tipu Sultan in the Forth Mysore War at Srirangapatnam.

>It measures 41.5cm and weighs 7kg

>It has inscriptions in Urdu, Kanada and English, words like 'Srirangapatna', 'progress' and 'decline'(indicating the rise & fall of the Mysore kingdom under Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan) are found in English.

>The name of Hoonsur, a village near Srirangapatna is inscribed in all 3 languages.

>The brass replica was found by staff in a store room at the Chennai Museum.

According to Times of India dated Aug 9, 2011.

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      Wow, this is indeed a detailed account of the life of Tipu Sultan. I remember studying about him in history lessons back when I was in school.

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