Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bangalore Fort

The Bangalore Fort is a historic structure built by the 16th century chieftain Kempegowda. Legend has it that when he was building it, the main door could not stand , and collapsed many times. The astrologers he consulted said that the only way to make it stand was to sacrifice a pregnant woman. Horrified, Kempegowda rejected the suggestion. His pregnant young daughter-in -law, who heard the astrologers' words, went to the place and committed suicide as a sacrifice to make the door strong.
Hundred years later, the fort was strengthened and fortified by Tipu Sultan , who was the terror of theBritish East India Company, which was gaining power in India. The fort has beautiful archways, and carvings in the Islamic style.

The East India Company sacked the fort in 1791 under General Cornwallis, and thus captured Bangalore.
Now, only a small portion of the fort is remaining, and Bangalore city has grown all around it. The Fort area still has an old world charm , with the busy Krishnarajendra Market nearby, where everything can be bargained.
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12 comments:

  1. Fascinating post and superb captures as always. Guess I'm curious if the woman's suicide did indeed make the main door stand??? Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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  2. love the red/pink clay. looks fortified.

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  3. What a story! I was not aware of this.

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  4. what a fascinating but tragic story. i love the washed stone walls.

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  5. That's one strong wall and look quite impressive.

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  6. PS: In the olden days, they sacrifice people when building bridges also.

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  7. Beautiful images!
    History is among these big walls.

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  8. Great shots. But, that´s a sad story.

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  9. Interesting story and great shots! I love visiting forts but never got a chance to do so in the southern part of our country. Some day...sigh!

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  10. Great architecture and cool that any part is still standing.

    Cher
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