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Jagadamba Bhavani: the deadliest cannon

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It is probably the largest cannon in the world AWE INSPIRING:The Jagadamba Bhavani Tope is pictured on the historic Koulas Fort in Nizamabad district.– Photo: K.V. Ramana The Jagadamba Bhavani Tope (cannon) located at the highest burz of historic Koulas Fort called the Raja Kunwar Padam Singh Gaur burz at Koulas village of Jukkal mandal in the district is probably the largest cannon not only in India but also in the world. The cannon, which is 23 feet in length and weighs 70 tonnes, is made of iron and other alloys and is larger than that of Jaivana tope (20 feet length and 50 tonnes) on Jaipur fort and one on the Bijapur fort (15 ft and 55 tonnes) which were earlier considered the bigger cannons in India. The Jagadamba Bhavani tope has a caliber of 16’’ and explosive head of 150 kgs whereas its rival topes have 11 inches and 18 inches and 100 kg explosive heads respectively. Statistics above reveal that the Jagadamba Bhavani cannon is undoubtedly the largest and deadlie…

Historical Fort and Guns of Uparcot in Junagadh in India

Junagadh is one of the cities of Gujarat State in India that has a very old history. As a result, there are many historical monuments worth seeing in the city of Junagadh. One such vital monument is the fort of Junagadh, known as Uparcot. The original city of Junagadh was within this ancient fort. The fort is around 1200 years old and was built by king Ugrasen. This fort was a witness to the most famous war between Sidharaj Jaisingh, king of Gujarat and Ra khengar, king of Junagadh. Ranakdevi, the queen of Ra Khengar was the reason of this war. King Sidharaj wanted to marry Ranakdevi at any cost and he attacked Junagadh. Junagadh was defeated after a long war of 12 years but Sidharaj could not get Ranak, as she committed suicide after the war.
Uparcot is really a worth visiting spot. It is located in the middle of the city. It takes around couple of hours to fully see this historical fort. It is advisable to visit this fort in the morning hours so as to avoid long str…

Proposal to salvage cannons from sea at Cabo de Rama Fort

PANAJI: Five cannons will be mounted soon at the imposing gate and fortification of the centuries-old Cabo de Rama Fort at the Cola headland .
The once-exploding pieces of artillery had long fallen silent, and some had slid into the sea with the crumbling parts of the fort. "We have submitted a proposal to the government to salvage the cannons from the sea and set them up at the gate and also on the fortification," a source at the state archives and archaeology department said.
The department had retrieved two cannons in late 1980s. "These two and another one lying inside the fort will also be mounted on the fort's facade," the source added.
Commanding a majestic view of the Arabian Sea and Canacona coastline, Cabo de Rama is one of the oldest forts of pre-Portuguese era, which the foreign rulers had wrested from the King of Sunda. "There is some wreckage of cannons lying in the sea on the northern side, but hardly two of them may be inta…

Asom Kings & the canons at Garamurh Xatra Majuli Island

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Asom Kings & the canons at Majuli Island
Ancient weapons called "Bartop" or cannonss
Asom Kings & the canons at Majuli Island

Asom: Guns Made by Asomese preserved on Auniati Xatra / Satra maujili Island

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Guns Made by Asomese in Auniati Xatra museum, maujili Island

Guns Made by Asomese on maujili Island

The Sadras saga: The Dutch tower, the fort and a cannon

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Vestiges of yore(Clockwise from above) The Dutch tower and entrance to the fort, a cannon outside the fort and warehouses in ruins  Anusha Parthasarathy traces the rise and fall of the Dutch along the Coromandel coast Even as trade picked up in Pulicat, the Dutch were looking to expand. They found a place right down the coast — beyond Mahabalipuram was a weaver’s settlement and port called Sadiravasagan Pattinam. The place dealt mainly in muslin, edible oils and pearls. And so in 1648, the Dutch began a factory at Sadras and exported large quantities of muslin. Soon a fort was built around the factory and a Dutch settlement came up there. The Sadras fort is still in good condition, and under the protection of the ASI. The bastions, bell tower and the arched entrance take one back to the time when rows of shops sold goods here and the Dutch trained their armies for battle. The fort kept expanding, according to Pulicat and Sadras by Xavier Benedict and had four bastions. Only t…