View of part of the Rajah's Palace at Poodoocottah. [Pudukkottai.]
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Print of the Palace at Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858 from an album entitled 'Photographic views of Poodoocottah'. Raja Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman (died 1825) pulled down the old town to build the palace which was contained in the 'New Fort' area of regularly laid out streets. The Raja did not live there, preferring to live in a bungalow outside town, however State functions and ceremonies were conducted in it, for example the Dasara festival where c. 50,000 people received money and doles. In front of the palace is a large reservoir called the Pallona Tank.Pudukottai, now the capital of the homonymous district, was once a princely state under the Tondaman Rajas who co-operated in many occasions with the British. This view shows the colonnaded verandah running along one of the upper floors of the Palace of the Rajas. Tripe was in charge of one of the battalions of the 12th Madras Native Infantry, a regiment funded in 1824 and stationed in Madras. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take photographs for the British East India Company and the Madras Presidency which resulted in six albums, of which one was of Pudukottai.