BHONGIR FORT

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Location : Bhongir, Nalgonda District
Built In : 11th Century AD
Built By : Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI
Shape : Egg Shaped Fort

An Egg Shape Fort
Bhongir fort is located in Bhongir Taluk of Nalgonda district and is 51-kms away from Hyderabad . It was constructed in the shape of an egg on a humongous single rock formation on the hill of Bhongir, 609.6m above sea level, spreading over 40 acres of area.

Bhongir Fort, Andhra PradeshThe Legend
It is believed that the western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI got the fort at this place constructed in the 11th century AD, which was named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. The name subsequently became Bhuvanagiri and Bhongir. The fort is also associated with the rule of the heroic queen 'Rudramadevi' and her grandson 'Prataparudra'. The Chalukyan style of sculpture is distinctive, and was further refined by their successors, the Kakatiyas, Bahamanis and Nizams.

A Unique Fort Structure
The fort was well secured against enemy attack with a huge underground chamber and trap doors and many exits. Layered as it were with many rows of stonewalls, the fortress has a unique formation and was impenetrable. The unique egg shaped fort has two routes of entry - from the north and west. But both entries are protected by a high wall on either side with very huge boulders.

The wall has its origin somewhere deep down the hill. Along the circumference of this fortress are the steps. To reach this main entrance one has to climb 300 rock cut steps. A huge cellar had been built under the main fort palace to protect themselves from the enemy.

The majestic fort stands testimony to the artistic skill and sculptural prowess of those times of glory despite its current dilapidated state. The ruins are a unique combination of the Hindu and Islamic / Sarcenic culture with as many sculpted figures as there are arches. The sculptures have circularly designed steps.

The massive stairways of stone are still standing, as are the well-made walls, bastions and turrets. The enclosing stonewall is still there. Providing protection to the royal palace within the fort are four cannons placed on all four sides. A deep gash in the rock was dammed up at several places, creating a series of reservoirs collecting rainwater. Its high elevation was a great advantage to its rulers to prepare against any threat.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail: Bhongir has a railway station, but all the trains do not stop here. Nearest railway stations are at Hyderabad and Nalgonda.

Road: Regular Buses and taxis are available from Hyderabad and Nalgonda.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels are available in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.



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