Saturday, 31 December 2016

NAWAB PALACE AT CHEPAUK – THE COOUM – A Cultural Mapping – A Heritage walk

31st December 2016.
The last heritage walk  was the monuments at the end of Cooum river joins with Bay of Bengal. Mr Venkatesh, the historian and Mr Raja and Mrs Sakthi Prakash undertook this heritage walk on 31st December 2016.

CHEPAUK NAWAB PALACE
The Senate Building in side the Madras University Chepauk campus was part of the Nawab Palace. Mohamed Ali Wallajah, who became the Nawab of Carnatic ( 1749 – 1795) wants his permanent residence under the protective shadow of St George Fort. It was believed that The British contractor Paul Benfield built the palace in an area of 177 acres. The palace is of Indo Saracenic architecture. The palace has big varandahs and rooms. Buildings were added in stages. When the Nawab could not pay the debts nearly ( Public liabilities was 3 million pagodas and private liability was 7 million pagodas - Major portion of the creditor was Paul Benfield ) the palace auctioned and taken over by the Britishers. Finally they were left with a title of ‘Prince of Arcot’ and an yearly pension of Rs 150000.

The palace is under renovation after a fire and nobody is allowed to peep in. The Senate building was renovated in the recent years and convocation are also conducted by the Madras University. The pillars has the Hindu religions related reliefs with Dwarf supported pothiyals. The reliefs include, Natarajar, Lakshmi, Vinayagar, Brahma, Puli kuthi pattan, Sri Subramaniyar with valli Devasena.


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 Senate Building – Madras University 


 Pulikuthi pattan relief



  Queen Victoria
  Queen Victoria
 Queen Victoria
 Nawab Palace 
 Nawab Palace 
 Nawab Palace 
 Nawab Palace 
 Nawab Palace 
 Nawab Palace 

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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