The legends of the Indian heroic rulers are popular and appreciated globally. Among all the great figures, Tipu Sultan is celebrated as India’s one of the most fearless and mighty rulers whom even the strong and powerful British officers feared. Tipu holds a true place in the hearts of all the history lovers.
A lot has been known about this great legend but still, there are some little known facts about his bravery that need to be highlighted and brought in front of his admirers. These facts are:
01. Toy tiger: Tipu owned a giant robotic structure that showed a fierce tiger attacking an agitated European fighter. The functioning of this structure was such that when its handle was manipulated, the fighter yelled in great anguish upon the tiger’s angry roar. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London presently enjoys the privilege of preserving this foreign possession within its
02. Encounter with the real tiger: While on a hunting journey in the woods, a ferocious tiger unexpectedly stood in Tipu’s Due to the dysfunction of his gun and the falling down of his dagger, Tipu was left with no option other than to save himself all unarmed. In the wild combat that followed, Tipu managed to pick up his dagger and successfully tear the tiger apart. Since then, he has been designated as the “Tiger of Mysore”. He said “It is far better to live like a lion for a day than to live like a jackal for hundred years” which truly justifies his designation of a human tiger.
03. Banning the export trade: Even the most powerful British officers feared Tipu because of his enormous might. In 1785, Tipu demolished all the export practices of pepper, cardamom and sandalwood from his local ports to the foreign boundaries. He was a great threat to the British trade and was immensely committed to protect his state,
04. Signing a treaty with the British: In 1792, Tipu was collectively forced by the Maratha warriors, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the British officers to sign the “Definitive Treaty” that stated the custody of his sons as hostages under the British Lord Cornwallis, the then British commander-in-chief, took away Tipu’s sons as per the agreement.
05. Death: Tipu died on May 4, 1799 in the Battle of Seringapatam while protecting his capital of the same name. Earlier, three battles were fought between Tipu and the Britishers, but it was only in the fourth battle that Tipu was
Tipu Sultan was a true hero who never feared death. Every time he fought, he did it with great valour with the aim to protect the welfare of his subjects without using any corrupt means.