The Darya Daulat Bagh of Tipu Sultan, Shrirangapattana [Seringapatam].
Photographer: Dixon, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Daria Daulat Bagh in Seringapatam, Karnataka, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 23: 'a' numbers), taken by Henry Dixon in the 1860s. Seringapatam, a small town near Mysore, is an island fortress surrounded by the Kaveri River that was ruled by Tipu Sultan from 1782 to his death in 1799. He was nicknamed The Tiger of Mysore for his resistance to the British. The Daria Daulat Bagh is a low, wooden colonnaded building that was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784 to serve as his summer palace. The walls of the palace contain historic mural paintings depicting the victory of Haidar Ali (Tipu’s father) over the British at Pollilur in 1780. The palace is surrounded by a large garden on the southern bank of the River. The Kaveri River arises in the Western Ghats and flows west to east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to the Bay of Bengal. It splits in two twice and forms the islands of Seringapatam and Sivasamudram in Karnataka.