Monday, February 4, 2013

Cannons of Daulatabad Fort

In India, cannons were used effectively for the first time in the First Battle of Panipat in 1526. Since then, cannons have become an important component in the battles. The earliest cannons were made of bronze. The range of these cannons varied from 1 to 3.5 kms. 



These cannons were either mounted them on bastions or wooden carriages, with four or two wheels and drawn to the battlefields. 



A large number of cannons are found at Daulatabad Fort 15 kms from Aurangabad, some in their original places like bastions on fort walls and circular towers while others were collected from various locations. Now they have been displayed in the courtyard near the entrance gate.



The cannons range from large to heavy guns. These cannons are made of either bronze or iron - both wrought and cast. Other noteworthy cannons here are Durga cannon, Ram Cannon which is the largest artillery in this fort.

34 comments:

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George said...

Forts with their old cannon are always interesting. I imagine your boys enjoyed seeing these old cannons very much.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the fort. Cute children! Have a happy day!

ladyfi said...

Nice cannons - and adorable kids!

Sylvia K said...

Great capture for the day, Rajesh! The young ones seem to be enjoying the visit there!! Great history! Thanks for sharing!

Carver said...

I love the shots of the children with the canons.

Gary said...

Interesting series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Photo Cache said...

there's two of them inside the city palace in jaipur. i had my picture taken with one as well.

Fun60 said...

I find it incredible that the use of cannons dates back so far.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Somebody's little guys are having a great time exploring the fort! Are they yours? Travel is a great way to teach children isn't it?

Al said...

What cool cannons, nice shots. The cannons remind me of Dubrovnik.

Jackie said...

Awesome shots Rajesh! I love seeing these old cannons!

I hope you have a great day!

Indrani Ghose said...

Great captures Rajesh! Your sons have grown up. These are recent pics right?

LifeRamblings said...

amazing. these cannons looked so wonderfully preserved.

anthonynorth said...

Some of those forts were impressive indeed.

Jeevan said...

Interesting post on cannons! Well captured.

photowannabe said...

Amazing old cannons.
They have been around for such a long time.

Spiderdama said...

Impressive cannons! Great picture with the kids:-)

Roger Owen Green said...

Fascinating how lethal they were in the day, yet seem almost quaint now.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

richies said...

When visiting historical places like this I have noticed that if a cannon is part of the display and it is allowed, they are usually covered with children.
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Rajesh said...

I am glad you all liked this.
Indrani: this tour I had taken in 2010.

Hazel Ceej said...

1526 is a long way back which makes it all the more interesting.

Leovi said...

Magnificent strength ... impressive and beautiful, beautiful pictures with the guns!

Bhushavali - Indian Fashion n Travel Blogger! said...

Cannons make me feel like a kid and makes me want to take some funny photographs with it!!! :)
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Chubskulit Rose said...

Wow, that's an interesting part of history.


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

MaiThreeBoyz said...

interesting place, rich in history. those are handsome kids in the photos!

Pietro said...

Interesting images of the old cannons, Rajesh.

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. My son would love to visit this place.

Bushra M said...

Loved the Cannons. Lovely clicks!

Paresh Kale said...

It reminds me of the canon on Amer fort, Jaipur !

AmitAag said...

Roaring Shots;)

Abhijit Ray said...

Takes one back in time. These cannons were witness to war, victory and defeat.

Ankita Sinha said...

Evry time I see a cannon,I click my picture with it.Thanks for sharing this info,will be useful :)

D. Prabhu said...

Nice :)