Tippu wanted to establish Islamic creed, Had 800 females in saraglio:Memoirs of India by Robert

Left liberals in India with a knowledge of twisted history are making a hero out of tyrant tippu sulthan.

In his book memoirs of India, Robert Grenville writes that the tippu was all for establishing Islamic creed and also talks about tippu’s Seraglio.

On page no 446 he narrates his experience about tippu sultan and his rule ,like this and It reads:

Tippo Sultan was the inveterate foe of all Euro-peans, though he made use of the French, and told them that he only hated the English.

His throne was covered with plates of gold. Over it was a canopy of the same metal, supported by eight pillars. This canopy was fringed with large pearls, and crowned, with the form of a bird of paradise, made entirely of precious stones.

Underneath the throne lay the figure of a tiger in the act of devouring a white man, and this concealed a curious piece of mechanism, that produced sounds, resembling the cries of a person in distress, mixed with the roarings of a tiger. His cannon, in several instances, were ornamented with the head of a white man, and a tiger devouring it.

He told the French that this represented an Englishman ; to the Mahrattas he said the same; but to the Mohammedans he represented it as the head of an European, promising to destroy every Christian, and establish the Mohammedan creed. One of his palaces had a curious painting on its front, which represented the defeat of Colonel Baillie.


The rare face of the palace was painted with fine representations of the trades of India, &c. When looking at these paintings in the great porches or virandas of the beautiful edifice at Seringapatam, to which I allude, I was reminded of Dido’s palace, as described by Virgil.


Tippo’s wealth was immense. He had three magnificent palaces, 7OCK) elephants, 6000 camels, 11,000 horses, 400,000 bullocks, 100,000 buffaloes, and 600,000 sheep. His family consisted of twelve sons and eight daughters. There were 800 females in his seraglio.    His treasure was immense.


what is a Seraglio?

A seraglio (/səˈræljoʊ/ sə-RAL-yoh or /səˈrɑːljoʊ/ sə-RAHL-yoh) or serail is the sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines in an Ottoman household. The term harem is a generic term for domestic spaces reserved for women in a Muslim family, which can also refer to the women themselves. The Ottoman imperial harem was known in Ottoman Turkish as Harem-i Hümâyûn

who are cocubines

Concubinage is an interpersonal and sexual relationship in which the couple are not or cannot be married. The inability to marry may be due to multiple factors such as differences in social rank status, an existing marriage, religious prohibitions, professional ones (for example Roman soldiers) or a lack of recognition by appropriate authorities. The woman in such a relationship is referred to as a concubine

source : https://archive.org/stream/memoirsindia00wallgoog#page/n462/mode/2up/search/seraglio

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