We visited Gumbaz, Tipu Sultan’s final resting place in Srirangapatana . The main chamber of Gumbaz contains the tomb of Tipu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and mother Fakr-Un-Nisa. Around the main chamber are laid various graves of Tipu’s brother, sisters, brother-in-laws , Tipu’s wife, children and son-in laws as well. Every member of the Tipu family has at least a headstone inside the lawns of Gumbaz. Srirangapatana is just 16 km from the city of Mysuru. So on a busy day, tourist operators and taxis bring in hundreds of visitors to Gumbaz.
As we were walking towards Gumbaz’s main mausoleum, a father was walking out with his two young boys. The youngest boy about 5 years old looked very troubled. A conversation ensued as he hesitatingly asked questions of his father. We reproduce the conversation in its original form in Hindi along with English translations. Continue reading