Along the Cauvery

One of the courses of  Cauvery flowing towards the west of Srirangapatna, the Paschimavahini has a  bathing ghat which is regarded to be auspicious for performing obsequies to ancestors. Paschimavahini has been the most preferred river spot for immersion of ashes of the departed. Historically, when Chengalaraya Reddy was the chief minister, he along with the other leaders, paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Paschimavahini bathing ghat, where Gandhi’s ashes were immersed and the ceremonial event’s historical date (Feb 12, 1948) recorded on a stone plaque (obscure) is located not far from the bathing ghat of the river Paschimavahini.  Near the Paschimavahini bathing ghat is Bangara Doddi Nale, an aqueduct which has a lot of history attached to it. Bangaradoddi Anekut (bridge) is built across the Paschimavahini branch of the Cauvery in Srirangapatna. Built in the 17th century when Mysore was ruled by Ranadheera Kanteerava Narasimha Raja Wodeyar, Bangaradoddi Nale is known to be the earliest irrigation canal fed by the river Cauvery. The Mysore Maharaja built this aqueduct to please his favourite consort Doddajammayya.    

S V Upendra Charya          

Of Bidar’s forts
Bidar is home to palaces and historical structures,  the legacy of Bahamani and Bidarshahi kings. A new architectural concept was introduced (of fort-palace complexes) in Bidar for the first time. The various structures including Takht Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Chini Mahal, Nagina Mahal, Rangeen Mahal and other palaces are built in this style.


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