Srirangapatna: A place where history is written all over it
Overview: Srirangapatna: Welcome to the Historic City Srirangapatna, says the board on entering the town in Mandya District. True to the statement, Srirangapatna is loaded with history from different ages. Most people tend to miss this place as it is on the Bangalore-Mysore road and people just zip through this city. So let me share my experiences as I explore this historic city.
We started from Bangalore at around 8:00 am. We stopped for breakfast at Hotel Kadambam near Channapatna. We reached Srirangapatna at around 10am and first up was our visit to Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. The board outside the temple says that this temple was built by the Ganga chieftain Thirumalraya in 894 AD which was later expanded by the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara rulers and the Wodeyars.
The main deity of reclining Vishnu is supposedly the largest in Karnataka. The obelix belonging to the Vijayanagara period can be seen at the temple. There are other shrines inside the temple and the inner courtyard is designed in the Hoysala style. Its a huge temple and we got Puliyogere and Curd rice as the prasadam which was very nice.
Next we went to Colonel Bailey's dungeon, welcomed by lush green carpet-like garden outside. Built in brick and mortar, this dungeon was used to keep British prisoners who were chained to the walls and punished by Tipu Sultan. One gets a view of the railway bridge on river Cauvery making it picture perfect.
Then we went to the banks of the river Cauvery where we relaxed for a while. Then we went to the Lal Mahal which was completely in a ruined state.
We then went further to Tipu Sultan's death place and the Jumma Masjid. The Masjid is built in the Islamic architecture.
We then crossed the main road to reach the other side where we have the Dariya Daulat Bagh which was Tipu Sultan's summer palace. The place is well maintained with greenery all around. The main palace has many paintings and armoury associated with Tipu Sultan.
Next we went to Gumbaz, which was built by Tipu Sultan in the memory of his father Hyder Ali. It enshrines the cenotaphs of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, after his death in 1799.
Further down we went to Sangama where the rivers Cauvery, Kabini and Hemavati meet. There is a temple here where many rituals are performed.
Though we had to wind up for the day, we have a few more places in Srirangapatna, the Nimishamba temple and Karighatta.
How to reach: Easily approachable by road and rail. Take the SH17 Bangalore-Mysore highway. Srirangapattna is around 120 kms from Bangalore.
All buses towards Mysore halt at Srirangapatna. Many trains bound to Mysore stop at Srirangapatna.
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