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13 facts about the Tiger of Mysore

Published : 04 Jul 2019 07:13 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:32 PM

Tipu Sultan was born to Hyder Ali and Fatima Fakhr Un Nisa. They had named their baby Fath Ali but often called him Tipu after the local saint Tipu Mastan Aulia

 Tipu Sultan's full name was Sultan Fateh Ali Khan Shahab

 He learned shooting, riding and swordsmanship at a very young age. It facilitated him to capture the family of the Malabar chief, at the age of 15, with a military force of merely two to three thousand people

 Tipu is credited as the pioneer of Rocket Technology in India

 Tipu Sultan wrote a military manual called Fathul Mujahidin. The manual explains the operation of Mysore rockets

Tipu Sultan is credited with the replacement of the original names of several places with Muslim names. During his reign, Mangalore was changed to Jalalabad, Mysore to Nazarabad, Bepur to Sultanpatanam, Cannanore to Kusanabad, Gooty to Faiz-Hissar, Dharwar to Quarshed-Sawad, Dindigul to Khaliqabad, Ratnagiri to Mustafabad, Kozhikode to Islamabad, and Dindigul to Khaliqabad

 Tipu Sultan had lost his sword in a war with the Nairs of Travancore during the Battle of Nedumkotta (1789), in which he was forced to withdraw due to a severe joint attack from the Travancore army and the British army

 Tipu Sultan had an obsession for horticulture and gardening

 He relished important victories against the British in the second Anglo-Mysore War

Sultan was killed in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war while defending his fort of Srirangapatnam against the combined forces of the British East India Company and the Nizam of Hyderabad.

 After the death of Tipu Sultan, the British forces took away his sword and ring as war trophies

 Sultan used to hate the Hindu religion but the ring he owned had "Ram" engraved on it

 The leftovers and belongings of Tipu Sultan had been put on display at the British Museum till the year 2004. Later on, Vijay Mallya bought the sword of Tipu Sultan in an auction