After discovering a cannon during underground work near the Tipu Sultan fort on Thursday, officials of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Friday discovered another cannon similar to the first one at the same venue.
The cannon discovered on Thursday was 12 feet in length and dated back to the 18 century. It weighed one tonne approximately according to officials of the Archeological Society of India
(ASI). Even after the discovery on Thursday, the ASI had not approached the BMRCL to stop work in the area and this led to Friday’s discovery.
ASI officials examined the second cannon on Friday and are currently planning on how to move the cannons to a more secure location. According to K R Ramakrishna, Commissioner ASI, experts from ASI would examine the area in the coming days considering the fact that a second cannon was discovered on Friday. “The cannons are likely to be shifted to the museum in the city. They are the property of the State Government,” Ramakrishna said.
However work will continue as normal as no request has yet been made by the ASI to halt work in the area.
The entire space according to historians was the location of an ordnance factory during the time of Tipu Sultan and cannons were cast there.
“We are yet to receive any request to halt work, we shall continue as normal till the time we receive any official communication,” said Y L Chavan, Spokesperson for BMRCL.
The Jaivana cannon is the largest wheeled cannon ever constructed. It is located at the Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur. It was cast in 1720, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The formidable strength of its builder, the scientifically inclined warrior Sawai Jai Singh II, lay in the large number of artillery and copious supply of munitions which he maintained. Jaivan rests on a high 4 wheeled carriage. The front wheels are 2.74 m in diameter and the rear wheels are 1.37 m in diameter.
The length of the barrel of the cannon is 20 feet 2 inches and it weighs 50 tons.
Blast from the PastAuthor: Rohit Parihar Publication: India Today Date: July 12, 2004 Introduction: Efforts are on to give a facelift to a foundry producing weapons of massive dimensions in Jaipur Legend has it that when Jaivana, the world's largest cannon on wheels at the Jaigarh Fort in Amer, Rajasthan, was fired, expectant mothers living nearby suffered miscarriages. But the foundry that made and assembled…
Ancient India as one comprehends in present times is
one enriched in Oriental culture, heritage and everything that can be
considered richly, adorned and grand an affair. However, owing to
several petty kingdoms vying for the big picture to conquer all of
India, wars, battles and capturing had been the order of the day. As a
result, man had learned fast the art of weaponry to suit their needs and
save themselves and their land. And this can precisely be the reason
for which ancient Indian weaponry and the skilled kinds have entered the
prestigious pages in Indian history. India`s widespread use of war
horses was not some ancient or structural phenomenon, but a relatively
late development, originating from the eleventh and twelfth centuries or
However, in order to employ war horse and other implements in warring
tactics, it is essential to comprehend the art of ancient Indian
weaponry in Indian history. Gunpowder technology, including gunpowder
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