Monday, August 1, 2011

Malik-e-Maidan, Bijapur

There are many interesting sights in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). One among them is Malik-e Maidan.

Malik-e Maidan ("Lord of the Battlefield") is a massive cannon located on the top of the Sherzah Burj. It was considered to be largest weapon in medieval times. The 8.5m long and 1.6m wide cannon weights 55 tons.

The head of the cannon is fashioned into the shape of a lion's head with open jaws trying to devour an elephant. This huge cannon is a cast of alloy of copper, iron and tin.

The outside surface is shining and adorned with inscriptions in Persian and Arabic.

60 comments:

Pietro said...

So interesting, nice decorations!

Krishna said...

interesting...

Chintan said...

AAh the rich old history :)

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R Sudhir Kumar said...

The first photo is wonderfully composed Rajesh, congarts! The other shots were good too

Sridharan said...

Interesting and nice!

kavita said...

I loved the lion head of cannon .Thanks for sharing the pictures and the history.

joshi daniel said...

the cannon is really big!

Jeevan said...

It looks grand! Great knowing about this cannon.

Indrani said...

I have similar captures. :)

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Denise said...

Such magnificent artistry, lovely images!

Carver said...

It's amazing how elaborate the engraving is on the canon.

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating and interesting look at your world, Rajesh! Superb captures as always! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

ladyfi said...

What a great cannon.

Gary said...

Did it ever fire, Rajesh? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

I have never seen such a cannon before - looks like art more than a weapon :)

DeeBee L. said...

Superb decoration!

Al said...

That is awesome! It makes me think of something from the Lord of the Rings movies. Such art, even on a weapon.

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, Even the cannons are intricate in India! That's a BIG one , for sure!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wow, I've never seen anything like this, Rajesh. It is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time.
— K

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Arija said...

Wonderful photos of this relic of past destructive force.
I really like this post, thanks.

Wren said...

The lion's head is very unusual. This cannon is a work of art - I'm surprised it's not "too pretty to use."

Babli said...

OMG! What a massive cannon. You have taken excellent shots. Nice to know about it.

alicesg said...

Oh it is so beautiful. But really hope there will be more peace and no fighting in this world.

magiceye said...

impressive!

aativas said...

Beautiful photographs!

mel said...

nice canon picture you got here, rajesh. enjoyed it.

Nanka said...

Beautiful cannons from an ancient era!!

Nanka said...

Beautiful close-up's of a cannon from an ancient era!!

Dishita said...

Coaxed with uncanny civilization we fail to care for such creative heritage. Your captures definitely capture my attention

photowannabe said...

Amazing detail on the huge cannon. The age has only made it more interesting.

Maria @ LSS said...

These are beautiful.

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EG Wow said...

I find it fascinating that a cannon would be decorated.

Dianne said...

I've never before seen a cannon that was such beautiful sculpture

LV said...

What a massive cannon. I have never seen one with that type details. Very interesting.

George said...

I've seen some ornate cannon before, but nothing as beautiful (or as huge) as this.

Kim, USA said...

What ever those signs mean it mean something. ^_^ Great post Rajesh!

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Roger Owen Green said...

such a beautiful...CANNON?!
what an oxymoron...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jacob said...

OMG! That's incredible. Did it serve as an actual, functioning cannon. Can't imagine how difficult it would be to feed it ammo and fire the thing. And how would you aim it?

Amazing!

SandyCarlson said...

POWERFUL. Wow.

capturedalive said...

Gola barood !! Great take.. It used to cause quite a Dab"bang" am sure in its time.

Pheno, ABC Team

Life Ramblings said...

what a lovely cannon. such wonderful artwork.

radha said...

That canon is amazing. And I wanted more details. I find that this metal is supposed to be cool to the touch even under blazing sun. Another interesting thing I read is that if tapped gently it tinkles like a bell! Amazing piece.

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chubskulit said...

huge cannon.

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Shooting Parrots said...

An amazing piece of artillery. What were the weight of the cannonballs it fired?

Bikramjit said...

Wow now that is a big cannon ..
the engraving is great .. :)

there is a similar cannon in jaipur too if i am not wrong I rmemeber going to a fort and seeing a huge cannon there too ..

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Joy said...

The Lord of the Battlefield sounds like something from ancient legends. It has been made by a master craftsman, I am glad it is only now installed for admiration rather than use.

Ash said...

Incredible!

Eden said...

That is really interesting. Beautiful photos.

Francisca said...

That IS a massive canon, and I don't think I've ever seen one so decorated!

thomas said...

Wow! That's a real large cannon,only beaten by Saddam Hussein's super gun.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this huge cannon.

Arti said...

The cannon looks mighty impressive, great shots..

Ashish Joshi said...

good canon pictures !

Aakash @ Love poems said...

Amazing pics! The first one is superb.

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury said...

V nice..wish U d give a write up f it's history too.

Farila said...

I have always yearned to visit Bijapur.. somehow it has never worked out.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this huge cannon.