Gumbaz in Sr'patna gets fresh coat

Facelift

The Gumbaz which houses the tombs of Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and his mother Fakrunnisa Begum, which stood as an eyesore for the last eight years, has finally got a facelift, with the structure getting a fresh coat of paint.

Gumbaz, situated near Cauvery Sangama about two kilometres away from the town, is one of the tourist spots in Srirangapatna that attracts huge crowds. Situated amidst a beautiful garden, the place is a favourite picnic spot for many.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken steps to bring back the lustre on the memorial. The ASI has completed painting the 50 ft tall structure, pillars and the rooms.
The memorial painted in cream is even visible from Karighatta, which is at a distance of four km.

The structure, which is said to be built in Persian style on lines of the popular Taj Mahal in Agra, had turned dull due to the negligence of the authorities.

 The pillars and the tomb was infected with fungus and black patches due to changes in weather. The memorial which is built on 36 pillars has been revived, but the solar clock on the tomb has been left unattended.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, the ASI officials said the renovation has been done at a cost of Rs six lakh. Oil-based distemper has been used for painting the structure. The cracks on the structure and repair of solar clock will be taken up. The ‘kalashas’ at Sri Ranganathaswamy temple will also be installed soon by department of religious endowment, he said.

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