Tipu Sultan, after donating money and jewellery to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham, urged the swamiji, through a notification, to pray for the well-being of all citizens. Mr. Baig said, “Tipu built his summer palace next to a temple in
In a reference to the absence of Ministers V.S. Acharya and Ramachandra Gowda, who were invited to the function, Mr. Baig said that “at least some representative from the Government should have attended. Their absence only shows the concern that they have for a secular ruler such as Tipu Sultan.”
Sohanlal Sisodiya, an 81-year-old numismatist, who exhibited part of his collection, also spoke about Tipu’s religious tolerance and secular outlook. “Tipu’s coins had inscriptions in Devanagari and Kannada. Some of his coins even had images of Udupi Krishna and Sringeri Sharada. Coins minted by his father, Hyder Ali, had the images of Shiva and Parvathi. He is even credited with having started a new calendar system, under which the year began with Ugadi. He was also known to be well-versed in the Bhagavad Gita,” he said.
K.P. Dattatreya Swamy, retired excise official and numismatist, said that most of the coins minted by Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali had been melted. “I have chanced upon priceless coins by making a visit to scrap dealers and goldsmiths. People have sold valuable coins without realising that they are wiping out history,” he said.
Source: The Hindu, New Delhi