City Secrets: Where Tipu’s swords once lay

City Secrets: Where Tipu’s swords once lay

Walking through the busy and greasy streets of Bangalore’s Kalasipalyam bus station, we set out to find a piece of history. Here a king’s armory is lost among hurried travellers and keen peddlars.

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s book mentions that the progress in the rocketry in India stemmed from Tipu’s dreams. The first rockets of the country were after all built during the sultan’s time. Studies conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation support this. The armory, built in a depression in the ground, once stored swords, rockets and other artillery. Few people in the locality know what it is, but are aware that the monument catches the fancy of city photographers once in a while.

Sadly, until less than 10 years ago this monument, a representation of the sultan’s expertise in warfare was a gambling joint until officials from Intach worked on it and restored it.