Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Vellore Fort..

This about my native place....

Vellore Fort is a large historic 16th Century fort situated in Vellore town near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. It passed from the Nayaks to Bijapur Sultans, then Marathas and to Carnatic Nawabs and finally to British till Independence. During the British rule the fort had Tipu Sultan's family and the last Nayak king of Kandy (Sri Lanka) in captivity. The Fort also houses a Hindu temple, Christian church and Muslim mosque. The first rebellion against British rule erupted at this fort in 1806. The Fort is considered to be one the best specimen of a ground fort in
India and the Temple within the Fort is famous for the magnificent carvings. The Fort is also a witness to the tragic massacre of the Vijayanagara royal family of Emperor Sriranga Raya.

The present day Chennai region and Tirupathi were under the domains of this Fort.


The Built area is around 133 acres, situated within the broken range of Eastern Ghats near Palar riverbanks. The walls are constructed using heavy blocks of green granite rocks sourced from nearby hills in Arcot and Chitoor Districts.

The fortification consists of a main rampart broken at irregular intervals by round towers and rectangular projections. The fort is surrounded by a moat which was once filled with crocodiles to create a extra line of defense. This broad moat is fed with water by subterranean drains from the Suryagunta tank. The fort is considered to one of the most perfect specimens of military architecture in
Southern India and is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry. The Vellore Fort is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

There is supposed to be a tunnel deep below the fort leading to a temple in a village known as Virinjipuram exactly 12 Kms away. The king used that in order to escape if there were any major attacks. The tunnel still exist but its been closed due to some problems, the mouth of the tunnel in Virinjipuram temple can be seen. It is placed near mother goddess. Its remained closed for years since there might be dangerous gas or reptiles inside. Some people say that some archeologists have tried exploring that but didn't return.

Jalakanteswarar Temple

The large impressive Siva temple was built about the same time as the fort in
Vijayanagara architecture style and is located on the Northern wall within the fort. The lingam of Lord Shiva gets its name from the natural underground spring upon which it resides, on of the reasons why the moat has never dried, no matter how severe a drought. Named after Jalakanteswara, or “Lord Siva residing in the water”, the temple has a Nataraja Siva deity on the northern altar and Siva-lingam on the western altar.

The 30m (100ft) high, seven-storey Gopuram is made of blue granite, flanked by two carved dwarpalas (door guards). The temple is renowned for the magnificent carvings on the pillars of the kalyana mandapam (Marriage Hall) which are fashioned as rearing lions, horses with riders, yalis and other mythical beasts and considered to be one of the most impressive in India. The temple itself is now cared for by a trust and re-established as a place of worship.

The Mosque built by the Muslim rulers is situated inside the fort signifies the
earliest Islamic structure in the town.


A British era Church in the same fort complex is known impressive stairway and its bell tower. On the right of the Fort there is a cemetery for British officers Soldiers killed in the final campaign against Tipu Sultan and in the following 1806 Sepoy Mutiny.

First Sepoy Mutiny

In 1806, the Vellore fort was used by the British to station Infantry Military units of the Madras Regiment.The British Commander in chief of the Madras Army prescribed a new round hat for soldiers replacing the turbans and removal of beards, caste markings and jewellery, which the Sepoys considered offensive and were further fuelled by rumours that the hat was made of the hide of cows and
On July 10, 1806, before sunrise, Indian Sepoys stationed in the Fort attacked the European barracks stationed there, and by late morning killed around 15 Officers and 100 English soldiers and ransacking their houses. Some of the rebelling Soldiers also instigated the sons of Tipu Sultan to lead the campaign. The news quickly reached a Colonel commanding the Cavalry Cantonment in
Arcot, who reached the Fort reached with heavy battalions and quickly put down the rebelling solders. The rebelling native Sepoys numbering more than 800 were
mercilessly hounded and killed. By noon the rebellion was put down. The events lead to a Court inquiry by the British who also decided to shift Tipu Sultans family from Vellore to faraway Calcutta in isolation.

The news of the Vellore Rebellion sent shockwaves in England. The Governor, William Bentinck and Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army, Sir John Cradock both were recalled on this count.
Family of Tipu Sultan

The Tombs of Bakshi Begum (d.1806), widow of Hyder Ali and Padshah Begum, Tipu's wife, who died in 1834 are located with a kilometre to the eastern side of the Fort.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tremendous Victory...

India Vs Pakistan in the World cup Twenty-Twenty became much fame all over the world. This match is obviously an highly expected one. Winning the cup that too against Pakistan is a must for us, not only in this match but also in future matches too...

Really our team played well and fulfilled all our expectations. I hope this spirit will continue for the forecoming matches...

After a long gap, again I started to pray for our team... It was like waiting for a semester result.... That much I was tensed...I know, I was not the one to be tensed... everyone will be like me in this situation...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Golconda Fort....

An incredible and wonderful fort...

I visited this place during my third year tour.


Located west of Hyderabad, capital of ancient Hyderabad state (c. 1364–1512), it was later one of the five Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan known as Deccan sultanates until it was captured by the Mughal Aurangzeb's forces in 1687.

It was very famous for its diamond mines.


According to a legend, the fort derives its name from Golla Konda, its a Telugu word for Shepherd's Hill. It is believed that a shepherd boy came across an idol on the hill. This led to the construction of a mud fort by the then Kakatiya dynasty ruler of the kingdom around the site.

This was later conquered by the Islamic Bahmani Sultanat. The fort became the capital of a major province in the Sultanate and after its collapse the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings. The fort finally fell into ruins after a siege and its fall to Mughal emperor Aurangazeb.


Golconda consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semi circular bastions. Still mounted with cannons, eight gateways, four drawbridges and number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables etc, inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which
we enter by the "Fateh Darwaza" (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb’s triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner.

At Fateh Darwaza can be experienced the fantastic acoustic effects, characteristic of the engineering marvels at Golconda. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the 'Bala Hisar' pavilion, the highest point almost a kilometre away, this worked as a warning note to the royals in case of an attack.

Soldiers Selection:

We saw a weight (dont know its actual weight), which was lifted by four of my
friends together. The guide then said that the soldiers of this fort has to lift it &
had to walk some distance that too individually. We heard this with openmouthed. That much strength they had.

The Court:

Then we saw a place where judgements are given to various punishments. The king will be seated in the top place much above the accused person. The accused person has to stand in a circle, the speciality to stand in that particular circle is that any little bit of noise made by that person can be heard very clearly. This is made to protect the King while he is giving punishments as some person can throw knifes towards the King.

The tombs of the Qutb Shahi sultans lie about one kilometer north of Golkonda's outer wall. These structures are made of beautifully carved stonework, and surrounded by landscaped gardens.







Thursday, September 20, 2007

Embarrassing moment...

Yesterday I befallen to see my brother in Thiruvanmiyur. He is just 1 month old than me. As Iam new to chennai, he took me to the Besant Nagar beach. We talked for an hour as we met after a long time.

In the meantime, two young girls came to sell sundal (a snack) to us. She immediately told to my brother as "anna get sundal for annee (brother's wife) by pointing me". We told no to them. Then we continued to talk casually. But i felt very bad about this incident.

See, I cant blame anyone. Bcoz now the situation is like that. If a boy and a girl met in some place, then all were thinking as lover's. They may be good friends, brother-sister (like us)....

This is my most embarrassing moment....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Belated Chathurthi Wishes...

This is what I used to have in my desktop. "Happy Vinaayaga Chathurthi".

My grandpa expired. So, I went to my native. Sorry for this belated wishes....

Friday, September 7, 2007

Blooming Roses....

Hai friends, this is my 25th post. Thanks for supporting and encouraging me like this. I hope this will continue.....

I, when
blossoming yields fragrance
which alters
others mind
to swing in a good mood...
I, when
glanced by others
make them feel happy...
I, feel
proud to be a flower
for making others joy...

Equal to God....

Last week, when I was travelling to my native, I happened to met a person. Her name is Radhika. We didnt got seat. So we travelled by standing. Initially, we both had a smile.

Then she started to talk with me. I came to know that she had completed her nursing course and presently she is working in Meenaakshi Hospital (Chennai). She was so tired and sleepy. Then she told me that for the past 15 days she was in night shift and also sometimes she continued till 1 'o' clock in the afternoon. I felt very sorry for her.

She asked about my job timings. I told that I used to be in first shift. She confirmed this innocently. Then we continued our chatting. I think everyone thought that we are very familiar to each other. Then lastly, I told her to have nice weekend and to take rest, take care of her health as she is too weak.
Now, night shift is a familiar one. Ya, I accept that everyone is facing many problems due to this. Other than hospitals, many other technical and non-technical companies are having night shifts.

But, I feel very proud about those who are working in hospitals, etc. Why bcoz, we are doing it for money. But they are doing it for service and also for money. So, I think they are saving Gods for us....

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Reasons for divorce....

Nowadays, divorce has become a fashion. We happen to hear many news about this.

According to me, a wife should be one who can adjust well and she can avoid all problems. She can solve any kind of trouble. This suits for the husband too. He should not blindly support anyone. He had to analyse the situation and then he had to support them. He should be able to convince both his parents and wife.

Some reasons for divorce are: They dont like their partner, Misunderstanding between them, Not taking care of their spouse parents like their own parents, Due to job, Bcoz of salary, Due to parents as they used to say something wrong about their partner, May be their partner sometimes rude, Lack of manners, etc...

By this they are affecting their childrens mentality. Just think about your child, your memories with your partner, how you will be in your future. Iam sure that you can take a right decision after that....

The main magical word between a very nice couple is "Mutual understanding". Just be open to your partner even when you have done wrong. Say it politely. Sure your partner wont mistake you if he/she loves you truly...

If i hurt anyone, i apologies....

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Voice of a Child...

Both.. my parents are showing their affection
Mom.. for five days...
Dad.. in saturdays and sundays...
The court has said like that...

Actually, I read this in Tamil. I thought to share with you all....