The Maqbara (cemetery) and Mosque of Haidar Ali's family, showing graves in the garden, Kolar.
Photographer: Dixon, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a cemetery in Kolar from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (India Office Series), taken by Henry Dixon in the 1860s. Haidar Ali of Mysore was born around 1722 in the tiny village of Budikote, near Kolar. This view is of the burial place of his ancestors, and is the spot his own body was carried to immediately after his death in 1782 during The Mysore Wars. His body was embalmed and lay in state for four months before being moved to a mausoleum built by his son, Tipu Sultan, in the middle of a garden on the island of Serangapatam.