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Khammam Fort
Part of Stambhadri Hills
Khammam District, Andhra Pradesh
Khammam Fort

Khammam Fort view from bottom

Andhra Pradesh
Type Hill Fort
Coordinates Latitude: 26.70606
Longitude: 89.562182
Built 950 AD
Built by Kakatiya Dynasty
Construction
materials
Stone
Height 867 metres (2,844 ft)
In use Abandoned in late 19th century, Tourism
Current
condition
Restored, Cultural Heritage
Current
owner
Government of India
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by Archeological Survey of India
Occupants Kakatiya Dynasty, Reddy Dynastry, Qutub Shahi (16th century), Asaf Jahi (17th century)

The Khamman Fort was constructed in 950 AD by the Kakatiya Dynasty. However, the fort has seen many rulers and kings. In 1512, the fort was taken over by the Qutub Shahis and thereafter, in the 17th century, the Asaf Jahi rulers took it over. The fort stands regally on a hill, overlooking the town of Khammam.

The architecture of the fort is its major attraction. Built from granite, the Khammam Fort is a synthesis of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. This unique feature is because nearly every ruler of the left his imprint on the fort, which was renovated and reconstructed several times. The Qutub Shahi rulers were instrumental in adding several parts to the fort.

History[edit | edit source]

Construction of the Khammam Fort was initiated around 950 AD when the Telugu area (now Andhra Pradesh) was ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty (10th – 13th century). Later, Musunuri Nayaks and Velama kings were involved in the construction of the fort situated on the hill. It was completed in the year 1000 and was under control of Reddy dynasty. Subsequently the Qutb Shahi kingdom (1531) developed further both Khammam Fort and other parts of the region.

Khammam Fort represents both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences. The fort has celebrated 1000 years of existence and is set to become a major tourist spot in southern India. It is developed as a tourist spot by the government.[1]

Architecture[edit | edit source]

This fort was built with granite and has an area of around 4 square kilometers, has 10 endpoints. And it has a Masjed and Mahal (palace) including Ashoor Khanas built and renovated by Nawab Shoukat Jung Hussam Ud Doulah and his son Nawab Kazim Jung and grand son Nawab Mohd Shabbir Hussain Khan Azm. Every year celebrations are being done in the name of 'Stambhadri Sambaralu'.

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