Some tales about Tipu Sultan
I belong to a village called Chelakkara , near Trichur town. To every hindu in Chelakkara , The temple of Narasimhamurthy is the most important temple . Sultan Tipu marching to conquer Cochin and Travancore, did visit Chelakkara. He broke the Narasimha swamy statue and threw it in the temple tank .( I have met many old people who have taken out the old broken statue from temple tank
Some one there told him about another great Shiva temple (Anthi maha kalan temple) and when he was marching towards it, he met an old hag. He asked her how far is Anthimahakalan temple and she told him that he has to cross five thousand fields, five thousand forests and five thousand tanks.He felt that it was a very difficult thing to do and started his march to Cochin.(Even today one field in chelakkara is called Ayyayiram parambu , followed by one tank Ayyayiram kolam and and one collection of bushes called Ayyayiram Kadu)
The devotees of Guruvayurappan fled with his statue to Ambalappuzha near Aleppy. Disappointed the Sultan continued his march.
After Kodungallore before he reached Chalakkudy , A nedum kotta( long fort- was about 48 km long, 20 feet wide and 12 feet high) was constructed with in a day by the people ( some say by the Travancore king) and this prevented the further march of the Sultan and he had to return back to Mysore.
Another place you must have heard is a place called Chavghat near Guruvayur).It is believed that all the people were converted to islam there by the Sultan .Because of it the place was called Saapa Kadu(the forest of curse) which later became Chowghat.In 1965 , I had travelled all round this great wall .
There must be very many stories of Tipu Sultan’s march in Kerala. Can some of you write about them