Chepauk Palace Chennai From The River, Old Photo 1880
This is an old 1880 photo of the view of the Chepauk Palace from the river in Madras, now Chennai. Once an elaborate and picturesque scene. The Chepauk Palace built by Muhammad Ali, eighth Nawab of the Carnatic (from 1749 to 1795). The Palace included two blocks arranged in the form of “L”, the angle being south-west corner. The south wing was double storied and was known as the Khalsa Mahal, or Treasury.
It contained the Dewan Khana, a magnificent audience chamber. In 1804 the chamber was described as “extremely handsome, of large dimension and divided by pillars”. The property originally belonged to Mahfuz Khan, brother of the Nawab. The latter acquired it in 1767. Three years later he obtained a further grant of land from the Governor of Fort St George.
Whereupon he enclosed the entire site of 117 acres with a boundary wall. Extending southward from the bar of the Cooum River, and along its banks. The thirteenth and the last Nawab of Carnatic, Ghulam Mohammed Ghaus Khan, was childless. The British Government took over the palace upon his death.
This view of the river or more a canal is a branch of the famous Cooum in Chennai. Unfortunately, this canal from the Cooum shown in this old photograph of 1880 is almost dead today. Because of the never-ending and savage like voracity of over-development and encroachment. Click on the photo for better view.
See my post- Chepauk Palace In Chennai – Old Photo 1895.
Did you know- the building is the first in India and the world built in the Indo-Saracenic style design.