Want to pause and travel back in time in the middle of a fast paced city ? head to this oasis of history in Krishnarajendra Market. The Bangalore fort with a history of five empires was originally built as a mud fort by Kempe Gowda I.
Kempe Gowda was a chieftain under Achyuta Deva Raya, brother of Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara empire. Kempe Gowda was a well educated and a visionary who planned and built a new city (Bengaluru) for himself. The inception of the fort in 1537 was the first step in the history of Bengaluru pete (city) being created.
The fort came to be under the rule of Marata chief Shahji Bhosle after the fall of the Vijayanagara empire, defeated by the Sultans of Bijapur, the Mughals took control of the fort after they defeated the Sultans. Wodiyars of Mysore bought Bengaluru for a sum of three lakh rupees from the Mughals and naturally the fort came under their rule, until Hyder Ali defeated them and captured the city.
In 1761 Haider Ali replaced and reconstructed some parts of the mud fort into a stone fort. The Ganesha temple inside the fort was retained through every rule it came under. Tipu Sultan made the fort into a military stronghold and also used for scientific experiments building rockets.
The fort is now separated by crowded roads and metro constructions from the Tipu summer palace which houses the artifacts from Tipu’s kingdom. Today only the Delhi gate and the bastions on the Krishnarajendra road remain intact and are maintained fairly. The fort stands silent like an island surrounded by a college, shops, bus stands, and street vendors.
The area is populated by people largely from south Bengaluru as K R market is an important exchange point for city bus commute and also is a market place for flower sellers from the outskirts of the city.
The fort echoes the past through its architectural ruins. The visit to the fort made me peek through time, giving me a glimpse into the history of my city. The land that we live on bears a silent witness of time past and time yet to come.
A Canon 6D with 17-40mm and 50 mm prime lens was used for this shoot. Thank you for going through this photo experience, please share your thoughts and opinions.