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Jahan Kosha Cannon, Murshidabad

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  • This Cannon was retrieved from river sand as it was lost during transit from Dhaka( Bangaladesh Capital now) Built by Bengal Ironsmits those days signifies the quality workmanship of Bengal in 1660 - ...  more »
  • One can find this giant canon stored in a place near Katra Mosque. It is assumed to have been built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. This canon speaks loads of the metallurgical skills of the b...  more »
  • This is a very short place.the canon has interesting history.in the canon in one side 11 hand long and in another side 12 handed.  more »
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  • Although located in interior, but if you have came to Murshidabad you must be roaming around in a Tanga, so reaching there is no problem. The most fascinating fact is that despite of its age, this iron canon is still free from rust!! This truly shows the knowledge and capability if the blacksmiths in those days.
  • Unique ancient gun... Required 6 elephants to move it. Front loading gun... A bit crowded....
  • Jahan Kosha Cannon 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, in the town of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. 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. Here, the Jahan Kosha Cannon is laid to rest. Earlier, it rested on a carriage with wheels and was surrounded by the roots of a Peepal tree. 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. 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 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 Dacca of present Bangladesh. The cannon was named in Dacca, 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 presently preserved and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • The environment is excellent.
  • Heavy iron Canon not in very good condition.