Ancient monuments in India's Karnataka state under threat
|Ganjam, the treasure trove of Srigangapatna, where the Tiger of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan,|
built his fort, is falling into ruin thanks to official apathy [Credit: DH]
But sadly, not only have some of these monuments collapsed, others may soon join them too, seeing how dilapidated they are. In the past, the island was split into two, the fort area, Srirangapatana, where Tipu and his family lived, and the area outside, Ganjam, that was reserved for his subjects , including soldiers and labourers. The name Ganjam is derived from the Persian 'ganj' meaning treasure trove.
“It’s deplorable that the cemeteries, dungeons for armours and other monuments are in such a dilapidated condition. You can see cracks in several of the monuments and the historical scripts are not being maintained properly either. The place needs protection as there is a lot here for the younger generation to learn and research,” said a local enthusiast of the island’s history.
The archaeological department, which is to blame for much of the neglect, has also failed to protect a pigeon house close to the Gumbaz. Of the two pigeon houses built by Tipu Sultan, what remains in one today are only some broken pieces. It is believed that Tipu used pigeons to carry messages and housed them here.
Author: Shravan Regret Iyer | Source: Deccan Herald [April 19, 2016]