Jahan Kosha Cannon, Murshidabad

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  • Myth says that the cannon was so powerful that when it was fired, the sound of its explosion led to abortion of pregnant females in the nearby villages. Isn't it funny? Anyway its just a myth. The can...  more »
  • Located in very unassuming place surrounded by village homes, the maintenance is not ok. A visitor like me will wonder as to how come in the middle of nowhere this cannon existed.  more »
  • If any one want to see the ancient and historical Murshidabad then must visit here to see the one of its attraction  more »
  • The cannon is made of ashtadhatu or 8 metals, namely silver, gold, lead, copper, zinc, tin, iron and mercury.The cannon is more than 7 tons in weight. It is 17 feet and 6 inches in length and 3 feet in width. It has a girth of 5 feet at the touch hole end. The circumference of its mouth is more than one foot. The radius of the slit for containing the fire is one and a half inches. In order to fire this cannon once, 17 kilograms of gunpowder was needed. The orifice is of 6 inches. It still shows no sign of rust. This grand cannon was made by JanardanKarmakar. Karmakarswere blacksmiths, but he was a gunsmith.  It is placed in the Topekhana a quarter of mile to the south east of the Katra Mosque, in the town of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. Topekhana was the Nawab'sArtillery Park and the entrance gate of the old capital of Bengal, Biharand Orissa, the city of Jahangir Nagar. Earlier, it rested on a carriage with wheels and was surrounded by the roots of a Peepal tree.[1] Gradually, this cannon had been lifted four feet from the ground The roots surrounded it so beautifully that it had no possibility of falling down. It used to be astonishing to see the big and heavy cannon hanging at a height of 4 feet. Later, it was freed from the tree's roots. The wheels have disappeared but the iron-work of the carriage and the trunions are still visible.
  • A quarter of a mile to the south east of Katra Mosque is Tope Khana, the site of the Nawab's Artillery Park and the east entrance gate of the old capital, protected on the east, throughout the length of the eastern limits of the city, by Gobra Nala, known locally as the Katra Jheel. Here lies the great gun called the Jahan Kosha "destroyer of the world", which originally rested on a carriage with wheels, embedded in a peepal tree which had grown by its side and held it about four feet high from the ground lifting it up en masse. The wheels have disappeared. The iron work of the carriage and the trunnions are still visible. The cannon is made of a composition of eight metals, namely gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, iron and tin. It is 17 ft and 6 inches long, with a girth of 5 ft at the touch hole end. The diameter of the touch hole is 1-1/2 inches, and that of the orifice is 6 inches. The cannon weighs about 7,900 kgs and 17 kgs gunpowder was required for a single shelling.
  • Jahan Kosha Cannon (also known as the Great Gun) literally means the Destroyer of the World. It is placed in the Topekhana a quarter of mile to the south east of the Katra Mosque. Topekhana was the Nawab's Artillery Park and the entrance gate of the old capital of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, the city of Jahangir Nagar. It is protected on the east by the Gobra Nala, locally known as the Katra Jheel. The Jahan Kosha Cannon is kept here
  • This grand cannon was made by Janardan Karmakar. Karmakars were blacksmiths, but he was a gunsmith. He made it under the instructions of Daroga Shree Mohammad and under the supervision of Hara Ballav Das in 1637 AD. He was from Dhaka. The cannon was named in Dhaka, when Shah Jahan was the Mughal emperor at the instance of Islam Khan who was the Subedar of Bengal. This is confirmed by an inscription engraved on it. However, the cannon has several other names like the "Great Gun", the "Destroyer of the world", the "Conqueror of the universe", the "World Subduer" and so on. The cannon is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.
  • Very good place for historical visit

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