…a continuation post to The Arcot Nawabs trails at Triplicane. A Heritage walk with Kombai S Anwar - Part - I.
21st August 2017.
After Khalas Mahal visit, we walked towards the Wallajah Road entrance ( Patabhiram Gate ) of M.A.Chidambaram Stadium. This stadium was part of the Nawabs Palace once. The gardens residential Quarters for the servants, Horse stable etc was once in this complex. The remains of this is the arch Gate pillars with terracotta reliefs on the three sides. The reliefs contains the floral arrangement.
Pattabhiram Gate of MAC Stadium- one of the surviving triple arch gate of Khalas Mahal
Vishnu’s incarnation reliefs on the arch gate pillars
On the opposite side of the road there is a white building called Guest House. It was told that during British period this building served as a residential quarters for the British soldiers.
Further down the arch Gates we stopped on Triplicane high Road, junction from where Mr Anvar pointed out a red building which was once a kitchen cum dining for vegetarian food served to the poor prepared by Bhramins, called Langar Khana. Now the Triplicane Police station is functioning in this building.
Langar Khana.( Triplicane Police station is functioning )
Little further on the Triplicane High Road, stopped opposite to an arch on a lane called Appavu Gramani Street squeezed between residential complexes. The name “AZEEMPET” is written on the arch painted with light bluish green. Mr Anwar told that the arch has an interesting story.
The arch was once the entrance of the palace of Sultanuniss Begum, sister of the Nawabs Dynasty’s third ruler Umdat-ul-Umra. It was told that she holds the power behind the throne during late 1790s. Both brother and sister wants their sons to succeed to become Nawab of Arcot. Sultanuniss Begum’s dream of her son succeeding was not fulfilled. So she didn’t allowed his brother’s body after his death to cross the arch. The body was kept overnight on the street and the wall was broken to take out the body next day morning.
On the opposite side of Azeempet Arch, Mr Anvar pointed out a building called Mohammadian Public library, started during 1918. Still the 167 years old Library is functioning on the first floor. Some of the books were donated by the then Governor of Bengal and Egypt.
…. To be Continued Wallajah Big Mosque.