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Bhongir Fort, Hyderabad
Bhongir fort entrance
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General information
Country India
Coordinates 17°03′08″N 79°16′02″E / 17.0523°N 79.2671°E / 17.0523; 79.2671
Completed 10th Century


Bhongir Fort is a Fort located in Bhongir, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri District, Telangana, India.[1][2] This fort was ruled and renovated by Musunuri Nayaks. It is located on a huge rock at a commanding height.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

The Bhongir fort adorns the place from the time it was built in 10th century. Bhongir Fort was built on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI in the year 1076 and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri, later it was called as Bhuvanagiri. Some of the inscriptions found in the fort were in Kannada and Telugu language that highlighted the lifestyle of the people in that era.The inscriptions, the architecture and some sculptures found in the fort reveal that the fort was ruled by Chalukya dynasty for a long time and then by the Kakatiya dynasty. The stone wall, the steps through the granite archways and the crumbling stucco ruins of the later age, still adorns the place.

Somewhere in 15th century, the fort was ceded to the Bahamani Sultans and then was taken over by a local governor. The Qutub Shahis' used the fort as a prison for those who aspired to snatch their throne. During the time of British, the fort escaped from their attention from being occupied. Bhuvanagirigir was much ignored after the down fall of Nizams at the time of communist revolution in the late 1940s.

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Inside view of Bhuvanagiri fort

The Fort[edit | edit source]

Bhongir, it has a unique egg-shaped rock hill, the hill is more than 500 feet high the steps from bottom of the hill to the top are still intact, the starting of the steps also has a Hanuman Temple with two entry points protected by huge rocks, so the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. The splendid historical fort with the awe-inspiring rock and the aesthetically fortified courts which have stood the ravages of time stir the imagination of tourists. A moat that encircles the fort, a vast underground chamber, trap doors, an armoury, stables, ponds, wells etc., make for fascinating viewing. The view from the top of the surrounding of the neighbouring area. The fort is associated with the rule of the heroic queen Rudramadevi and hcountryside is simply breathtaking. The Bala Hisar or citadel on the top of the hill gives a bird's eye view er grandson Prataparudra. Rumour has it that there once was an underground corridor connecting Bhongir Fort to Golconda Fort.

Sarvai [{papanna}], onetime ruler of this fort and surrounding regions.

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