Monuments of Chitradurga Fort

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Archaeological blog
Chitradurga Fort Complex

Chitradurga is located in the state of Karnataka, India. The fort's name Chitrakaldurga, which means 'picturesque fort' in Kannada. The fort was built in stages between the 17th and 18th centuries by the dynastic rulers of the region, including the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and Hoysalas as well as the Nayakas of Chitradurga, feudal lords in the Vijayanagar Empire. The Nayakas of Chitradurga, or Palegar Nayakas, were most responsible for the expansion of the fort between the 15th and 18th centuries. They were defeated by Hyder Ali at Chitradurga in 1779. Later the fort was expanded and strengthened by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan,who succeeded Madakari Nayaka V, the last ruler of the Nayaka clan. The fort is built in a series of seven concentric fortification walls with various passages, a citadel, masjid, warehouses for grains and oil, water reservoirs and ancient temples. There are 18 temples in the upper fort and Hidimbeshwara temple in the lower fort.

List of total Monuments in Chitradurga Fort
1. Kamana bagilu ( Entrance)
2. Honda ( Tank)
3. Maddu beesuva kallu ( Gun powder grinding stone)
4. Karivaarathi temple
5. Jodu bateri (dual battery)
6. Janda bateri ( Flag battery)
7. Ganesha temple
8. Ekanatheswari temple
9. Hidimbeshwara temple
10. Mint and Paleyagar office
11. Murugha Matha
12. Sampige siddeswara temple
13. Tuppada kola bateri ( Ghee tank battery)
14. Echo rock
15. Lal bateri ( red battery)
16. Palace complex
17. Nellikayi siddappana bateri ( Gooseberry Siddapa’s Battery)
18. Gopalaswamy Honda ( Gopalaswamy tank)
19. Gopalaswamy temple
20. Akka tangiyara Honda ( Sisters Tank)
21. Kashi Vishwanatha temple
22. Onake obavvana Kindi ( Pestle Obavva’s narrow passage)
23. Palguneshwara temple
24. Sihi neerina Honda ( sweet water tank)
25. Gare bagilu ( Mortar door)

Fort Entrance

chitradurga fort entrance

Chitradurga Fort complex view from top

Chitradurga Fort Complex

Ekanatheswari temple

Ekanatheswari temple

Uyyale Khamba

Uyyale Khamba

GOD feet

GOD feet

Gaali Mantapa

Gaali Mantapa

Hidimbeswara Temple, entrance to Hidimbeswara Temple

Entrance to Hidimbeswara Temple

Hidimbeswara Temple

Hidimbeswara Temple

Stone Art

Stone Art

Mint and Paleyagar office compex

Mint and Paleyagar office

Mint and Paleyagar office chambers

Mint and Paleyagar office

Chambers of Mint and Paleyagar office

Chambers of Mint and Paleyagar office

Treasury

Treasury

Muruga Matha complex

Muruga Matha

Sampige Siddeswara temple main entrance gate

Sampige Siddeswara temple egate

Sampige Siddeswara temple [complex inside]

Sampige Siddeswara temple

Nandi inside Sampige Siddeswara temple

Nandi inside Sampige Siddeswara temple

Sampige Siddeswara temple chambers

Sampige Siddeswara temple chambers

Muruga Matha

Muruga Matha

Granary

Granary

Echo Rock

Echo Rock

A part of "Akka Tangiyara Honda" (tank)

Akka Tangiyara Honda

Climbing to top "Lal bateri"

Lal bateri

Unknown

Unknown chambers

Unknown

Unknown chambers

Beautiful view of the city Chitradurga

The City Chitradurga