Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tipu Sultan Summar Palace, Bangalore

Tipu Sultan Summar Palace:
Location: K.R.Market, Opposite Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
Transport: Regular buses are available from Bangalore City Bus Stand( Magestic Bus Stand)
Entry Fee: 5 rupees per person
Main attraction: Rocket bombs that were used by the Tipu Sultan during war times are kept inside this palace.
Note: Video Camera is allowed after paying an entry fee of 50 rupees, but still camera are allowed free of cost. Inside the palace campus eatables are not allowed.
Tipu Sultan Summer Palace, is not very much magnificent and a large palace, but the size and the interior of the palace reveals that this palace was not made for long staying or administrative purposes but this was made so that royal family can spend their leisure days in this palace.
This palace is made up of stone and teak wood.This palace was started in 1781 by Tipu's father Nawab Haider Ali Khan in1781 and was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791.
Palace is a doubled- storied building of symmetrical plan i.e front side and the back side of the palace are alike. Foundation of the palace is made of stone, with gigantic fluted pillars in wood with stone bases. Carvings and interior design is of typical Indo-Islamic style, painted and polished in two different colors.
The upper chambers and balconies can be assessed by four staircases lending to them, two in the front and two at the back of the palace. The central portion of the first floor is a large hall with four small rooms at its corners.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Khudiram Bose Birth Place, East Midnapore

Khudiram Bose Birth Place

Khudiram Bose (3 December 1889 - 19 August 1908) was a Bengali Indian freedom fighter, one of the youngest revolutionaries early in the Indian independence movement.

Bose was born on December 3, 1889 in the village Mohobony in East Midnapore district of Bengal. His father Trailokyanath Basu was the revenue agent of the town of the Nadazol prince. His mother Lakshmipriya Devi was a pious lady, who was well known for her virtuous life and generosity.

Mujaffarpur killing:

Khudiram and Prafulla Chaki were sent to Muzaffarpur, Bihar to assassinate Kingsford, the Calcutta Presidency Magistrate, and later, magistrate of Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

Khudiram and Prafulla watched the usual movements of Kingsford and prepared a plan to kill him. On the evening of April 30, 1908, the duo waited in front of the gate of the European Club for the carriage of Kingsford to come. When a vehicle came out of the gate, they threw bombs and blew up the carriage. However, the vehicle was not carrying Kingsford and instead two British ladies - Mrs and Miss Kennedy (the wife and daughter of barrister Pringle Kennedy) were killed. The revolutionary duo fled. Prafulla committed suicide when cornered by police at the Samastipur Railway station. Khudiram was later arrested about 20 km from Samastipur at a distance of 12 km from Pusa Bazaar where Rajendra Agricultural University was first established. The railway station where Khudiram was arrested while having tea was earlier known as Pusa Road and recently has been renamed as Khudiram Pusa .He was the first youngest freedom fighter.


On this Muzaffarpur bombing and other charges of bombings carried out by him, a pretense of trial was carried out for two months. Although the leading Calcutta advocate Narendra Kumar Basu mounted a stout defense of Khudiram's actions in defense of his motherland (without charging any fees), Khudiram was sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out, and he was hanged on August 19, 1908. But the one thing that surprised everyone was that as he was hanged he was still smiling.

Khudiram Bose Memorial Park at his Birth Place

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dimna Lake, Jamshedpur( India)

Dimna, a word itself which give peace to mind to the natives of Jamshedpur. Dimna is the most preffered and romantic picnic spot of Jamshedpur. Situated in the north of Jamshedpur, in the lap of Dalma Mountain Range its just not attract natives but also the people from the neighbor states.
Dimna was constructed by Tata Steel between 1940-1944. The storage capacity of the reservoir at RL530 ft is about 7570 million gallon.
Year of completion: 1944
Length of main dam: 279.57 m
Length of the branch dam: 365.85 m
Top of the dam: 540.5 ft
Type of dam: Earthen Dam with Masonry