GOURI SATYA writes: Churumuri’s publication of T.G. Lakshmana Rao‘s ‘Handbook of the City of Mysore’ makes interesting reading, although most of the details are available in a number of books on the history of Mysore, in particular from the Gazetteer of Mysore.
Nazarbad, as Rao has mentioned, was a new township that was built by Tipu Sultan. As we can see today, it continues to exist and in fact has expanded vastly. We can also see the fort entrance, with the two watch-towers of Nazarbad on the Mysore-Bangalore road, near the Mysore Jail building.
Remnants of this fort were to be seen almost up to the German Press on the T. Narasipur Road until recently. Unfortunately, the widening of the road and other constructions have left no trace of this historic fort. If Nazarbad was a small township that Tipu built, adjacent Kesare (now N.R. Mohalla) has its own historical significance.It is here that the battle between Raja Wodeyar and the ruler of Srirangapatna, Thirumalaraya, took place around 1608, in which the Srirangapatna ruler, a representative of the Vijayanagar king, was defeated and Srirangapatna came under the rule of the Mysore ruler.
This was a significant victory for the Mysore rulers and a major blow for the Vijayanagar kings, who lost their hold on the Mysore province of the Vijayanagar State. However, the Mysore rulers remained loyal to Vijayanagar even after taking over Srirangapatna.
This defeat of the aged Thirumalaraya at Kesare is the seed of the famous historical story relating to his wife, Alamelamma, who is said to have drowned in Malangi section of the river Cauvery at Talkad, cursing the Mysore royal family:
The curse came true from then onwards as we can trace from the history of the Wodeyars. The Wodeyar family worships Alamelamma even today during the Dasara.
Some hero stones said to be of this battle are still lying opposite the St. Philomena’s High School. These were prominently visible as one passed through this road. But, now some car garage or so occupies this open place, which belongs to the Mysore City Corporation.
These historic stones need to be preserved and protected.
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