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Nidagal Fort

(A fort with Unearthed information)

Nidugallu is located in the pavagada taluk of Tumkur District of Karnataka & it’s Approx. 180 Kms from state capital Bengaluru.
Before going to explore this place I’ve rode articles pertaining to this place written Mr Cheluvarajan Iyengar of Pavagada town (Historian)
This place having history start from the iron age of medieval history, later this place ruled many kingdoms like Gangas , Kadambas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar kingdoms  (Local Palegars), Hyder Ali,Tippu sultan of Mysore kingdoms & later it’s merged to Mysore state .

This place is also called Neelanjanagiri , as it was the capital of Nidugal Cholas they are feudatory to Klayana Chalukya's.
As per details The King Irungola deva ruled this capital with prosperous in 12th Century.
But now you can able to see the damaged forts, ruined ancient temples only, it was sad to see the archaeology site.

The Archaeology department should takeover this place and excavate the hidden history in this fort, as it was one of main prosperous city before Vijayanagar and even the iron age excavate details founded here.

A gold coin (Pagoda) dates back to 12th century

A ruined temple

This place got a prominence in the history during the period of Vijayanagar kingdom and the local palegars loyal to the Vijayanagar dynasty.
As per the articles I came across the fort was built by Hotte thimmana nayaka (A Palegar) as per the stone Inscription (Shasana) found at the top of Shiva temple.
On the base of hill you can find lot of temples-Someshvara temples, Veerabhadra temple, Durga temple, Rama thirtha temple, Parshvanatha temple (A Jain basadi)

Heroic Stone(Veeragallu)

A Jain Basadi

A Jain statute inside Basadi

In the temple surrounding’s you can find few Hero stone’s (Veeragallu) means the soldiers martyred during the war so the king installed a many Hero stones for show gratitude for their heroic fought in the war.

While entrance to the fort you can find bunches of Seethapal trees in the hill surrounding’s, this place having abundant of peacocks, Bears in this forest region.

The fish carving represents -The way to water source in olden days

Cave -Soldiers rest place

The fort was built by using the sand, mud, lime stone’s it was a strong more than present architecture masonry works this shows their strong foundation in civil engineering.
In the first half trail we found a ruined accommodation for the soldiers , it was a fully stone carved one.
This black stone granite of triangle and rectangular creates something in my mind whether this one used by old ones for the recreational purpose or recent one?

This inscription started with a Shiva linga , Sun , moon , Nandi and the old kannada start with Om Namah Shivaay and there after its little difficult to understand the old kannada alphabets.

On half trial of base of hill there  is a fresh water pond beside the Rama lingeswaara temple, inside a ruined temple we found the shiva linga got damaged and found a old kannada stone inscription carved on granite black stone.

It’s a spectacular view from the top view form the hill , it’s a monsoon time so the thick green shrub forests and the dew it’s really beautiful weather to visit in the month of August.
On the top of hill  we found a a big with small pieces of a Cannon with a Bastion ,
as per  the information this Cannons brought form Srirangapattna by the Hyder Ali conquered this hill by defeating the local Palegar while on the way to Chitradurga fort for war.

A Giant Canon

Few of locals elaborated the war scene created during the regime through the Janapadas(A local hymn song) runned over many centuries.

The Hyder Ali gave a severe torture to the local chieftain and killed in the war , thus he made to annexed his territory before going on the way to Chitradurga fort for annex.

 On the top of hill there is a Nandi statue beside to that there is fire bowl , the bowl will be lightning during a Shravanamasa (Hindu’s holy month of Sharavan especially in August month) that time on last Monday of Shravanmaasa there is big fair in the top hill of Basavanna jaathre (Festival)

The scenic beauty of nature mother is a speechless & unable to elaborate without seeing this place.
This fort stood a promised that from the Iron Age to Mysore state it was remarkable, I’m requesting the Government of Karnataka and Archaeological Survey of India to give more effort to save this type of forts that have more information hidden in this fort.
Many treasure hunters destroyed the forts and temples there should be strict action to be taken by ASI (Archaeological survey of India) and local Govt bodies.

We have to protect this monument’s from these antisocial activities, as this fort having enormous hidden information on the Iron Age to Medieval history in this fort.

Lemon grass on the cut rock's

Kannada inscription near to Nandi statute

Hill view from south direction

Nandi statue at peak

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