The Raja of Mysore's bathing ghat on the River Puckshewan, a branch of the Cauvery at Shrirangapattana.
Photographer: Dixon, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Raja of Mysore's bathing ghat on the River Puckshewan, a branch of the Cauvery at Srirangapatnam from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 21, 'a' numbers), taken by by Henry Dixon in the early 1860s. Srirangapatnam is an island set in the River Kaveri in the modern day state of Karnataka in the south west of India. The Vijayanagar rulers built a fort here in 1454 and in 1616 it became the capital of the Mysore Wadayar Rajas. Later it was the capital of the renowned Rajas of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c. 1722-1782) and Tipu Sultan (1753-1799). Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan were responsible for turning the small state of Mysore into a major Muslim power. The heavily fortified island boasts attractive formal gardens and many interesting buildings such as the Jami Masjid and the tomb of Haider and Tipu which suitably reflect the wealth and power of the Rajas.