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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Palace in ruins by chandru Arni

The Arni Jagir existed for over three hundred and fifty years beginning from the days of Shahjee, the great Mahratta warrior. The Jagir came into existence during the decline and disintegration of the Mughal Empire.
Arni Jagir is situated in North Arcot District in the Presidency of Madras (Chennai) in South India. The extent of the Jagir was 180 square miles. The city of Arni (or Arnee or Aarni) is about 20 miles from Vellore. There were two palaces situated 3 miles from Arni .There were also Palatial residences for the Jagirdar of Arni in Poosamalikuppam (a forest resort very close to Arni town),

Arni Jagir was originally acquired in the early part of the 17th Century by Vedaji Bhaskar Pant, who accompanied Shahjee (the father of Sivajee. In 1640 Vedaji Bhaskar Punt was awarded the Jagir of Arni in consideration of his military services to Shahjee.

The Jagir has remained in the possession of the Jagirdar of Arni and his direct descendants since then (even during British Rule) till it was after enacting the Zamindar Abolition Bill 1948. (This was the first amendment to the Constitution). My father was the 12th and last Jagirdar and he died in 1989 The Jagir of was taken over by the Government on 3/1/1951 and now all that remains is the Municipality of Arni and tattered palaces.

The Palace in Poosamalikuppam was visited and photographed by Mr. Megharajan and friends. This video views the ruins and asks the Government of India to make it a Heritage site after due repairs.

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  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for this interseting article. Do you have some photos of the ruins or do you know wher I could find some?

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger crazythink said…

    For Photos see Youtube "Arni Palace" under search

  • At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sir, do you have any information on
    anandatanaya (marathi poet) who seems to have been prominent in arni
    as he styles himself as "aranikaa
    sepoy" in one of his works?

    i am a maharahtrian and trying to trace the connectiof the poet with


  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger crazythink said…

    I do not have any information on poet Anandatanya. However I am pleased to know you have connections with ARNI. Have you seen my site arnijagir.com> ? Is there any info there that you can use? Please keep in touch

  • At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi I am Jude and am from Vellore, I have been frequenting poosimallikuppam for the past 7 odd years. Could you please get in touch with me (09884525719. My family and friends want to clean up the place and make it a heritage site.

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger crazythink said…

    Thanx for your interest im helping. I am sorry I cant phone you as its a security risk. You may contact me on an email rrsarni@gmail.com

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Ananda Rao Vasishta said…

    Sad to see the ruins. I have heard my late mother Mrs. Malathi Bai (daughter of late A.V.Balaji Rao Saheb of Arni) tell about the palace. I have never seen it. I plan to visit the Sathyavijayanagaram Mutt and will try to look it up. Let us hope something will be done to restore it. Incidentally, if I am not mistaken, were you the gentleman who came down to our house in T'Nagar when your uncle passed away at his house, which was later donated to Swatantra Party?

  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger crazythink said…

    It was my Late Brother ( Babu) who visited you. I was in Calcutta then

  • At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I had the opportunity to visit the place too.... Absolutely awesome experience with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. In the video the Roman bath is missing... an excellent area for photos.....It's just 50 metres from the house.

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