Government Of Karnataka

SRI RANGANATHASWAMY TEMPLE, SRIRANGAPATNA

HINDU RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS & CHARITABLE ENDOWMENTS DEPARTMENT

Srirangapatna Fort

Srirangapatna fort, also called as Tipu's palace is one of the most popular monuments in India. The architecture of the palace is a mix of Indo-Islamic style and the huge Persian inscription on the entrance gate embodies the date on which the fort was constructed, i.e 1537. This fort has 'Lal Mahal' which was the then residence of the most audacious king of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.

The fort was built in a double wall defense system and has four entrances, namely - Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore & Water and Elephant gates. The two dungeons located at the lower chambers of the fort are a must visit. These dungeons were used to detain the British soldiers who were arrested. Srirangapatna Fort also houses a mosque and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, that is famous for its gopuram and thick fort-like walls.


Various paintings like 'The storming of Seringapattam' by Sir Robert Ker can be found on the walls. The paintings depicting the glorious victory of Tipu Sultan over British, also adorn the walls. Do not miss to see the Chaturvimsati pillars that bore carvings of 24 forms of Vishnu, at the inner entrance of the fort. The tomb of Tipu Sultan can be found in the vicinity of the fort.

The fort is scenically located on an island formed by the river Cauvery. On your visit to Mysore, one must definitely visit this fort which is an emblem of history and culture that lived and flourished during the glorious times of Tipu Sultan

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located places 5 km away from Srirangapatna. Spread over 57 acres, the sanctuary is a small island on the banks of river Kaveri. A bird lovers paradise, this sanctuary is a nesting and breeding center for all kinds of birds.

One can see species like the herons, egrets, white ibis, little cormorants, dantes, open billed stork etc. are some of the birds that can be seen in island while on a boat ride.

The best time of visit to the island is from June to October.

Nimishambha Temple

Enroute to Mysore from Bangalore, one can find the Nimishamba temple, which is famous for its history, culture and religious significance. Located on the banks of Cauvery river, this ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

The stone 'Sri Chakra' kept in front of the idol of a deity has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that the founder of this holy spot was Muktharaja, a king, who inscribed the 'Sri Chakra' before going into penance. The stone is said to have been established during the reigns of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, around 400 years ago.

The main attraction of the temple lies in the beautiful carving on the temple tower, which highlights some exquisite paintings. The various idols of Ganesha, Hanuman and the cement structure of goddess Lakshmi and Sarawati are also a major draw among tourists.

Dodda Ghosai Ghat

The Dodda Ghosai Ghat is nearer to Gumbaz. It is located in a place known as Ganzaam. It is a picnic spot 2 km away from Gumbaz. Sri Kashi Visweswara Swamy temple is also situated here close to the river Kaveri.

Ghosai Ghat is a common route to Triveni Sangam which is located one kilometer from Gumbaz. This is also a picnic spot where boating facility is available. On the banks of the River Kaveri Nimishamba temple is located.To reach the temple one has to go via Ghosai Ghat.

Karighatta

Karighatta is a hill situated a few kilometres outside the 'island' town of Srirangapatna. It is situated off the Bangalore-Mysore Highway just before Srirangapatna. The name Karighatta translates to "Black Hill" in Kannada. The hill has a Hindu temple devoted to a form of Hindu god Vishnu, called "Karigirivasa". This deity is also referred to as “Lord Srinivasa” and is also called “Bairagi Venkataramana”. The epithet ‘Bairagi’ for this idol is derived from the fact that when ‘alankara’ (flower decoration) is done to the deity, the deity looks like a Bairagi (mendicant). The hill stands at a height of 2697 feet above sea level. It supports dry scrub jungle and many tamarind and gooseberry trees are found around the temple. A small river, Lokapavani, a tributary of Kaveri flows by the hill.


Sangama

Sangam, located near a temple, is the confluence of three rivers. At this point, other branch of the River Cauvery, Loakpavani is reunited. Apart from being frequented by tourists wishing to take a dip at the site to wash away their sins, the place is also thronged by those interested in picnicking. River Cauvery flows into the Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu, from the point of confluence. It is the meeting point of Kabini River, Hemavati River and River Cauvery.


Gumbaz

Gumbaz is the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan, his father Haider Ali and mother Fatima Begum. It is built on a lifted platform and is circumvented by various other tombs of his relatives and nobles.

The Gumbaz has magnificent ebony doors decorated with ivory which was presented by Lord Dalhousie. The interior walls are covered with lacquer Tiger stripes which is Tipu's favourite. A corridor lined by pillars of black amphibole walls Gumbaz.

Masjid-e-aksa a mosque is situated next to the Gumbaz. The Gumbaz is surrounded by a beautiful gardens adds to its beauty.


Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is Tipu's favourite mosque. It is painted white and has an unusual small dome. It also has predominant towers.

The Masjid was built by Tipu Sultan. It is a two storeyed building. The Masjid also has two minarets. A religious school known as the Madrasa can be seen in the premises of the Masjid.

The Jama Masjid has a clock that has been ticktocking from the past 97 years and is still going strong. Late Abdul Hafeez Junaidi has the distinction of being the only imam to have carried on prayers for 50 years in a row.