Abode of Happiness – Tipu Sultan’s Palace

A single of many palaces constructed by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan Rashk e Jannat, envy of heaven or abode of happiness was began by Hyder Ali and completed by his son Tipu Sultan in 1791 and remained Tipu’s favourite residence until his death in battle in 1799.

Referred to as the Summer Palace it was constructed within the now destroyed Bangalore fort. It is identified as a single of the couple of surviving structures exactly where the interior is constructed totally out of teak wood. A excellent instance of Indo – Islamic architecture the palace characteristics towers, red painted domes, covered balconies and ‘chatris’ and is set amidst a well laid out garden. The interior is a two storied colonnaded space with rosewood arches supporting the upper structure. Contemplating the several rooms, open plan style of the central part of the upper floor and the projecting balconies ostensibly to give a better view of the floor beneath, it is believed that Tipu Sultan utilized the palace to hold durbars which he apparently carried out from the balconies on the eastern and western ends of the palace. Floral motifs and frescos that decorated the walls and ceilings of the palace are nonetheless discernible.

The ground floor has been converted to a museum and showcases the achievements of Tipu’s administration. Also on show are copies of paintings that depict the palace as it was in the 18th century. One particular of the largest draws here is an nearly life size replica of an 18th century mechanical toy tiger shown savaging a European accompanied by appropriate noises from man and tiger. Yet another intriguing piece of perform is the painting of Tipu’s emerald embellished golden throne on which he had promised to sit only following the defeat of the British. Soon after the defeat and death of Tipu the palace was utilized as a secretariat till Attara Kacheri was completed in 1868. The palace in Kalasipalayam, a quite busy portion of the city is a considerably visited attraction in Bangalore.

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