Tiger & Revolutionaries

Title: Photographs of British Prison inside Asirgarh Fort

Description: Inside Asirgarh fort there are ruined barrack like structures in brick. It is written on a stone plaque installed by Archeological Survey of India that these brick structures inside the Asirgarh Fort was part of the British Cantonment. It had British officers’ residence and prison cells for the revolutionaries of First War of Independence against the British in 1857. Well known revolutionaries like Guru Ram Singh were detained in 1872. Kuka movement revolutionaries Rur Singh and Pahara Singh died during their confinement. It is believed that Muluk singh another revolutionary was sent back to Punjab and he dispersed the truth about meeting of Ashwathama and the revolutionaries while they were in captivity.

Date: 2019

Format: Digital Photos – .jpeg

Language: English, Hindi

Identifier/Keywords: British, Barracks, prison, jail, cell, surendra, sai, Guru, ram, singh, kuka, movement, first, war, independence, muluk, singh, rur, singh, pahara, 1857


© Forgotten Immortals, Tiger at Asirgarh Fort, 1884-1886

Title: Tiger at Asirgarh Fort

Description: Locals tell innumerable stories about a particular Tiger seen around Asirgarh Fort. Some believe it is Ashwathama himself in the form of a Tiger. There are accounts of meeting of the revolutionaries with a tiger while they were captive within the confines of Asirgarh Prison during the British India in 1884-1886. During these years Andrew Cussins had made a cyanotype drawing of the bilmarg (secret passage) which Ashwathama moves through in the labyrinthine Asirgarh Fort.

Attributed to: Andrew Cussins

Source: Cyanotype print with pencil colors on cotton paper

Ascribed Date: 1884-1886

Dimensions: 12 in. x 18 in.

Identifier/Keywords: Ashwathama, Tiger, Asirgarh, Fort, drawing, bilmarg


Title: Photographs of British Prison inside Asirgarh Fort – 3rd Cell

Description: Locals also mention another revolutionary named Surendra Sai who was brought to Asirgarh fort from the protests against the British in Orissa in 1864. He is known to have had conversations with Ashwathama who used to visit Surendra Sai in the form of a tiger. Locals tell a story about a photographer who visited Asirgarh fort in 2003 to research about Surendra Sai. As photographer took aim outside the third cell a tiger jumped at him out of nowhere. This has lead to the conclusion that the 3rd Cell is protected by Ashwathama in the form of a tiger.

Language: English

Identifier/Keywords: British, Barracks, prison, jail, cell, surendra, sai, Guru, ram, singh, kuka, movement, first, war, independence, muluk, singh, rur, singh, pahara, 1857

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