Portraits of Coorg Royalty – Lingarajendra, The Daughter-in-Law & The Grandson

Portrait of Lingarajendra Wodeyar, Brother of the previous King – Dodda Veera Rajendra(DVR). He usurped the throne on which the daughter of DVR – Devammaji held sway and took over Coorg.  He made a request to the Coorg Chiefs for allowing him to rule, and the request was denied. He was eventually installed on the…

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The Coorg Ballad – I Am A Mountaineer

Image: 19th Century Coorg(Kodava), BMA C-30.69.030 The Ballad was sung by young Coorgs(Kodavas) during the Kailpodh Festival. I have put it as documented by Richter, with edits. [quote style=”1″]To the taste of “Young Coorg” the Kaylmurta is the most glorious of all festivals and the popular song of the Coorg Mountaineer does full justice to this…

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The Sleeping Kings

Doddavirarajendra, the most famous of the Haleri rulers of Coorg chose his final resting place on a leveled hilltop at the northern end of Madikeri town. Enclosed by high mud embankments, is a pair of elegant tombs, known as Gaddige, amongst the most memorable monuments in Coorg. The two tombs are identical, standing on a…

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A Romance In The Forest

The Marriage Pavilion of Doddavirarajendra and Mahadevamma Doddavirarajendra, the swashbuckling 18th century Rajah of Coorg was the most famous ruler of this tiny, erstwhile kingdom. His daring escape from captivity in Tipu Sultan’s prison at Periyapatana, aided by the Coorg Chieftains, his successful military campaigns to win Coorg back from Tipu and his dramatic life…

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Princess Gouramma and her Goan Origins

Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg(La Princesse Victoria Gouramma De Coorg) Image: http://www.antique-prints.de Yeah, you read the title right. But I am not the one trying to claim anything near. That is by one Udayraj Gadnis in an article titled: “Lost Goan Treasure” in TOI by Shruti Pandit. Seems Mr. Gadnis did not care much about…

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Tuluva Kingdom and Kodava Inscription ?

Image: Vittal from Google Maps Grab. Vittal is around 100 kms from Madikeri There is an interesting article in The Hindu about the Vittala(Vittal) Kingdom in Mangalore and its descendents the Heggade Family. The article provides information about the erstwhile Vittala Kingdom, its lineage, palace and customs. Something very interesting to note is that it…

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Portrait of Chikka Veera Rajah, the last King of Coorg

The  portrait is of  Chikka Veera Raja( also known as Chikka Veera Rajendra/Veerarajendra Wadiar), ca 1805.

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Nari Mangala (Tiger Wedding). Marrying the soul of the Tiger

The groom(seated left) is Coluvanda(Koluvanda) Cariappa. Engraving by Captain Robert Belford Cummins. A Tiger Wedding in Coorg, India From: The Illustrated London News December 6, 1873 The small province of Coorg, in Southern India, is situated among the mountains that separate Mysore from the Malabar coast to the west. Its late Rajah, being of cruel…

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Remembering Dr.Bidie & his observations on destruction of forests in Coorg

Map of Coorg, 1869 . Dr.George Bidie submitted this map with his paper to the RGS. Image from a private collection. Here is an interesting paper which was submitted by Dr. George Bidie to the RGS with the first cartographic map of Coorg, 140 years ago. Profile of Dr.Bidie. Dr. George Bidie : CLE., M.A.,…

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Nalaknad Palace

Image:By Hitha Nanjappa via Wikimedia Commons Click here for an interesting article about Nalaknad Palace by B V Prakash. Some interesting facts about Nalaknad Place. The palace was built to commemorate Dodda Virarajendra’s victory against Tipu Sultan in 1792. Dodda Viraraja was the ally of the British in the war against Tippu. The Last King…

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