Architecture · Heritage · Landscape · Monument · Uncategorized

Monsieur Raymond’s tomb

6. Raymonds Tomb

On the top of a hillock near Asmangadh, stands the tomb of Monsieur Raymond, or General Michel Joachim Marie Raymond.  Monsieur Raymond was a French General in Nizam’s military and was also the founder of Gunfoundry Hyderabad.

In 1775, Raymond set out for Pondicherry to start a merchant shop, but eventually joined the service of the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad in 1786. In 1796, he was appointed Controller of Ordinance and established several cannon and cannonball factories. Guns, ammunition and cannons were forged under his guidance.

Raymond was not only a close friend of the second Nizam, but also won the love and trust of the local people. He was known for his kindness, and bravery. The place where his tomb is constructed is called Moosa-ram-bagh, after him.

The tomb is conical with a square base and of 7 metres in height and has the letters JR engraved on it. The Nizam built the pavilion which collapsed during 2001 and was rebuilt in 2003.

In 1798, Raymond had an untimely and mysterious death. The cause is not known ; some believe he was poisoned while others suspect he may have committed suicide.

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Architecture · Heritage · Windows

White elephants?

The main facade of the Rai Rayan Devdi in some sense was preserved and had a fresh coat of paint that might suggest it wasnt subjected to neglect. But the interiors are all revamped and different portions have been sold/leased out. Couldn’t help but wonder about the ‘white elephants’ though – has maintaining the history and heritage become a white elephant to the government or the folks who have inherited the  properties?!?!?!

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Heritage

A rich past!

Some of the historic memoirs and artifacts from the Nizams museum reflect the opulence that was present in the time amongst the ruling dynasty and their allies. There are silver models of all the landmark buildings found in the city of Hyderabad, a  glass inlay painting of Nizam Osman Ali Khan which has a 3D effect(if you move to any side it would appear the Nizam’s glance as well as his shoes are in your direction), and a wooden writing box studded with diamonds, mother-of-pearls, as well as gold-studded daggers, caskets, silver filigree elephant with mahout, ittardans, paandaans are only a few among many that are on display.

The image is a collage of some of the popular items that are seen at the Nizam’s museum.

1. Perfume bottle container made of gold and precious stones and a gold gilded lighter presented by the Maharaja of Dholpur.

2. Diamond studded qahwa cups for coffee decoction.

3. Gold tiffin box with trays carved with flora and fauna.

4. A key, perhaps gold plated that seemed very interesting.

5. An amber walking stick with Ivory handle and Basra pearl shaped as a lady, said to be the biggest pearl in the world.

6. A  sword having a handle studded with jewels.

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Heritage

Jubilee Hall Throne

Known to be the richest man in the world during his time, H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah VII, was the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad, until it was invaded and annexed by India in 1948. He ranks fifth in the list of richest people in the history of the world.

The throne you see in the image was made of gold and wood and was used during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Nizam VII in 1937. He received many gifts, souvenirs, and mementos from various neighbouring rulers as well dignitaries around the world, specifically during the silver jubilee celebration. These artifacts are now housed in the Nizam’s Museum in Purani Haveli, one of the palaces of the Nizams and the official residence of the Nizam VI Mahboob Ali Pasha.

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Architecture · Doors · Heritage

K K

Not just any other door/window. It is possibly how/why King Kothi got its name.

A nobleman by the name Kamal Khan constructed the palace as his personal residence. And had engraved the initials K K on the doors, windows, and other furniture. The Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan was impressed with the mansion, acquired it and declared it his Royal Residence. But it went against the Nizam’s pride to have the initials of some other nobleman at his Royal Residence, and it would involve lot of rework to replace the glass/furniture. He issued a farman declaring that the K K was now King Kothi meaning King’s Mansion. That is how the name King Kothi came to be.

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Architecture · Heritage · Monument

Purdah Gate

A document of some remnants of history.

The purdah gate was the main entrance to the King Kothi Palace, the residence of the the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. While the palace is not open to the public – this gate is all that one can view from the outside. The Nizam VII resided in this palace till his demise in 1967.

The gate was called purdah gate as a curtain would be draped at the entrance. If the curtain was drawn it would mean the Nizam was present at the residence, if it was raised the Nizam was elsewhere. Today the curtain is perpetually drawn even if the Nizam does not stay there.

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