Posted on: 10 November 2015

The famous Sword of Tipu Sultan was found in Tipu's bed-chamber after he was defeated by the British on May 4th, 1799. The Sword was publicly presented by General Harris to General Baird, who had led the assault. On behalf of the British Army, it was presented by Major Allan, Deputy Quarter-Master-General in person, at Madras, to Marquess Wellesly after the conquest of Seringapatam, Karnataka, India. On the handle (hilt) of the Tipu Sultan's steel Sword was the following inscription (translated to English) in praise of the Almighty (Muhammad of Islam):

"My victorious sabre is lightning for the destruction of the unbelievers. Haidar, the Lord of the Faith, is victorious for my advantage. And moreover, he destroyed the wicked race who were unbelievers. Praise be to him, who is the Lord of the Worlds! Thou art our Lord, support us against the people who are unbelievers. He to whom the Lord giveth victory prevails over all (mankind). Oh Lord, make him victorious, who promoteth the faith of Muhammad. Confound him, who refuseth the faith of Muhammad; and withhold us from those who are so inclined. The Lord is predominant over his own works. Victory and conquest are from the Almighty. Bring happy tidings, Oh Muhammad, to the faithful; for God is the kind protector and is the most merciful of the merciful. If God assists thee, thou wilt prosper. May the Lord God assist thee, Oh Muhammad, with a mighty victory."

The above translation, as taken from the Mysore Gazetteer Volume II written by Historian C. Hayavadana Rao, praises the Islam prophet Muhammad and conveys Tipu Sultan's thoughts for destruction of the unbelievers. Notably, there were also some stones, coins and gold mohurs that also had similar messages conveying destruction of unbelievers and infidels.

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Ibbz Awan

Tipu Sultan was no saint, here "unbelievers" and infidels, refers to Hindus. It's good that the British destroyed him.

Very tolerant I am sure.

Tipu sultan's name was n patriot till yesterday. nd now he is being titled as n mass murder ??

Lesson One in history is perspective. He was a hero against the British aggression and occupation. He was a tyrant and murderer of Hindus and Christians. He was military genius and a great innovator. He was also brave and ruthless. He was all this and more. He was by any measure a great and a fascinating historical character. It all depends on the context of the discussion. Today he is being portrayed as 'secular' which is not supported by historical facts. In his time, such a concept did not exist and he himself would have laughed at it. My only objection is to not accept the past as it was and the way it has been whitewashed for political gains. Every historical character was a political survivor of his times and did not act in a way so as to be judged by the future generations. Terrible and bad things have happened in the past - one has to only acknowledge, understand and move on. Not suppress or distort. The past has nothing to do with us in the present who only want to live in peace with each other.

This inscription exposed Tipu's thought. He was supposed to be a benevolent and friendly towards Hindus. But we now know he was not so. History books requires rewriting.

Great if you are a "believer" not so great if not...

And here we are reading and celebrating a quote justifying it all along with an image of the vile weapon . Hats off to you !

Then the Hindu protest of these last few days is justified

Tipu sultan was a great freedom fighter

A terrorist sword!!

His deeds were dark and unworthy and they came back to haunt him and he was settled once for all just like Auranzeb.

A most malicious and ill-timed post, which seeks to present Tipu as a warrior of Islam when he was no such thing. If a king writes Tulja Bhavani ki Jai on his shield or sword that doesn't make him a religious jihadi. Shivaji's sword was called Bhawani Talwar, the Sword of the Goddess Bhavani, does that make him a religious warrior of Hinduism? I am shocked that you would post this so irresponsibly and stoke the flames.

Can we look at the sword as relic or historical artifact? ANd not a weapon to wipe up dirt today

Hindu kings requested Tipu Sultan to stop destroying Hindu Tample and offered him huge wealth instead. But he refused and said his duty is to destroy temple and non believers kafir

Malicious, irresponsible and stoke the flames?? Now that's an offensive and demeaning allegation coming from someone who either knows very little about Tipu or someone who is more concerned about political correctness than about history. Tipu's very own letters and historians confirm everything what you are denying of him in your comment. Your comparison between Shivaji's sword invoking Bhavani and Tipu's sword that proclaims destruction of infidels clearly shows that you have neither understood their implication nor the history of either of them. Before you post such personalised accusations, I would expect someone learned to first read up the tons of available published material about Tipu's religious beliefs and the atrocities he committed based on such beliefs on thousands of Hindus and Christians in Malabar, Carnatic and Mangalore. For heavens sake, this page is meant for understanding history and its many versions however sensitive and white washed it has been...not for those who are seeking political conveniences. Rather than stoking flames, this post clarifies once and for all Tipu's religious convictions which he was only proud of.

Among the 45 odd posts on Tipu Sultan presented on this page over the years, this post (posted once earlier) is the only one which clarifies his religious beliefs clearly.

Rather than ill-timed, this must be seen as well-timed as it clarifies once and for all the white washing that is going on right now by the politicians. If only one saw the NDTV program today with Barkha Dutt where four out of six panellists that included three historians who gave even more damning proof about Tipu's atrocities on Hindus and Christians. This page is meant for people who seek to know all versions of history even if it is inconvenient and definitely not for those who want history to suit their narrow political agendas.

No it's a not a terrorist's sword. It's the sword of an Islamist king who wanted to impose Islam in his Kingdom. Let's not let this fact affect our present. Only this way we can read and understand our history.

Great

Why the Coorgs are upset with Tipu Sultan and the Karnataka govt’s efforts to honour him. http://bit.ly/1MUMOrj

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=921118641284342&substory_index=0&id=573205846075625

I saw that entire debate, and was moved by what that royal family descendent and ICHR member said, and now I came to know what was his ultimate motive. Appalled to know about that 50%sharing of India with french! And his jihadi propoganda

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=921118641284342&substory_index=0&id=573205846075625

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Totally amused with the comparison between "Bhavani ki jai" and the long diatribe against infidels as written on Tipu's sword. :-)

Sharad Shukla Rupachandra Das This is evidence for his tyrannical intolerant mood.

Deepa Krishnan Such stupidity of comments from you. As I always say secularism makes us stupid. Unbelievers and infidels refers to non-Muslim or Hindus at that time and if a person or leader as such a mood it's dangerous to the region. Shivaji's inscription doesn't speak about unbelievers and Infidels.

So such a mood will translate to action and blood.

I stand by what I said, RBSI. Tipu was no religious fanatic. To use a sword inscription to make that leap is incorrect. As I said, Shivaji's sword was worshipped and Bhavani invoked before every battle. Gods and Goddesses are called for support for every war. This does not make those who go to war religious zealots. When people go to their deaths, they call upon gods to protect and support them. Wrong evidence is being used irresponsibly to point at fanaticism. If you wish to debate whether Tipu was religious fanatic, it must be done in other ways.

Yes, it is wrong to describe Tipu as secular, a word that was not in vogue then. His was a mixed personality.

well said Deepa. people are becoming "advocate" of Hinduism and now they want to malign everything

it is because few people Hinduism suddenly woken up and they started telling all people who do not believe them as sickular

any evidence ? (account of historian of faxebooktorian) please provide such research link

good point Omkar

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Deepa Krishnan: The post if you read carefully is an extract from the Mysore Gazzeteer written by Hayavadana Rao. Every historian who has read about Tipu even from a few sources knows that apart from being a great ruler, military strategist and a clever diplomat - he was quite simply a religious zealot. Tipu himself does not deny it and in fact takes great pride in it. Why are you defending and denying something which himself was proud of. It is people such as you who are judging from today's lens and making the past history political and in the process denying the atrocities done by historical characters who did what they did for political convenience of their time and thereby are not bringing such events to a closure. All that people want is a truthful acknowledgement of the past and then they will move on. The ordinary man does not show hatred to the people in the present for atrocities done in the past. It's the politicians who do that aided by dishonest historians who suppress truth and 'stoke flames'. The inscription of Tipu's sword and his acts are in perfect consonance if you ever attempt to know his life and history. Much as I resent your scathing and discourteous accusation - I would like to know the basis for you 'not to consider him a religious zealot'. And what kind of a ruler would qualify for a religious zealot according to your 'non-malicious' viewpoint ??

Is India the only country where the people who have borne the brunt of religious intolerance go on and defend intolerant zealots?

It's a Humble request, Please don't make a Tyrant, Barbaric, Fanatic Bigot Despondent Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan as National Hero. They were fighting against British to maintain their Supremacy in Southern India. I have travelled across Coorg, Mangalore and rest of the Part of Karnataka State, Malabar Region of Kerala State and Few Part in Tamil Nadu, where people have quite different opinion regarding these two terrorist duo of Father and Son. @@Rare Book Society of India

@@Govind Sharma: Please don't make a Tyrant, Barbaric, Fanatic Bigot Despondent Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan as National Hero. They were fighting against British to maintain their Supremacy in Southern India. I have travelled across Coorg, Mangalore and rest of the Part of Karnataka State, Malabar Region of Kerala State and Few Part in Tamil Nadu, where people have quite different opinion regarding these two terrorist duo of Father and Son. 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Rare Book Society of India: The trouble seems to be that many people are not familiar with the primary texts. They rely on second hand information and even second hand opinions. Any serious student of Indian history has only one way to know the truth (if at all) and that is for himself/herself to engage in an independent study of history going by the primary sources.

Hari Ravikumar Dude, Personally I have travelled across Coorg, Mangalore and rest of the Part of Karnataka State, Malabar Region of Kerala State and Few Part in Tamil Nadu State, where people have quite different opinion regarding these two terrorist duo of Father and Son. During my Childhood days, I too considered Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan as National Hero after watching Fabricated Drama Television Series "The Sword of Tipu Sultan". But when I research their real history, I came across dark secret of these Terrorist Zealots and Monarchs which is really shocking. CON Men Italian Mafia Party propaganda to Popularize Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan became successful to appease some fringe section in our society for vote bank politics in a era when Internet and Social Media didn't penetrated Indian Market.

To all. History is just that...history. Much of it is recorded some of it may be made up. Trouble is we as a nation take refuge in it . twist it to suit our convenience . politicians being the most guilty. But we are equally to blame. Read it . forget it. We and the country have more important things to look forward to.

Battlefield History: Was Tipu Sultan Tiger or Tyrant? http://bit.ly/1GWzznR

The inscription in the sword to wage war against the infidels and unbelievers ( Hindus ) clearly shows the mood of Tipu Sultan and yet secular Hindu fools, could not understand one bit of the tyranny. This is secularism for you, It makes us stupid.

Stopping the British from taking his kingdom does not mean he was a "freedom" fighter. He was only securing his territory . On the other hand he was a fanatic and jihadi, imposing Islam on the kafirs by force was a part of his agenda. Yes he made some donations to temples in his kingdom and such is politics but his letters tell a completely different story. He wanted support from the Middle Eastern kingdoms to transform South India into an Islamic state.

Deepa Krishnan enough of this idiocy stop proving a lie... Tipu Sultan was and will be remembered as an Islamic fundamentalist and jihadi. Stopping the British from taking his kingdom does not mean he was a "freedom" fighter. He was only securing his territory . On the other hand he was a fanatic, imposing Islam on the kafirs by force was a part of his agenda. Yes he made some donations to temples in his kingdom and such is politics but his letters tell a completely different story. He wanted support from the Middle Eastern kingdoms to transform South India into an Islamic state.

Here is a most enlightening article that sets things in perspective ! http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/sina50615.htm

bad post.