Yadgiri fort is one of the largest forts of Karnataka. The fort is built over a massive monolith measuring about 850m long, 500m wide and 100m high. Yadgiri was known as Yetagiri. It was ruled by the Kalyana Chalukyas, Yadavas, Cholas, Bahmani Sultans, Adil Shahis and the Nizams. According to sources, five inscriptions of various time periods have been found in this fort. As per the inscription situated close to the fort entrance, Yadgiri fort was built by a person named Jagannath from Sagar a village in Shahpur taluq. This fort was originally built by Kalyana Chalukyas. Later It was strengthened by Yadava rulers and expanded under Muslim rulers.
In terms of size and strength, Yadgiri fort can be compared to Madhugiri, Chitradurga, Bellary, and Shahpur forts. All these forts are built over rocky hills and have multiple levels.
December 24, 2012
We left Raichur when it was still dark, passed by RTPS, crossed Krishna river and turned left towards Yadgiri. The road was more or less flat and almost deserted. It was around 7-30 when Yadgiri fort came into view. A auto rickshaw driver sent us in the wrong direction.. anyway, thank to him we could capture this view in early morning light.
Here's the aerial view. Few important points have been marked for easy understanding.
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B - Bhavani temple
C - Turret with cannon
D - Twin wells
E - Turret with cannon
F - Flag bastion
G - Ramlingeshwar temple
H - Water tank
I - Palace ruins
J - Water tank
Yadgiri town has grown around the northern corner of the hill that's where the fort entrance is situated. This is the Mahadwara.
Once past the security complex, there are two ways to take- left or right. We chose to go right.. along a long path going up hill with towering walls to our left and deep stone lined water tanks to the right. We could hear 'Om Namah Shivaya' chant flowing out from a loudspeaker in one of the temples in the town below. It was nice to hear Shiva Mantra while climbing.
This is the northern face of the hill, security complex below, Yadgiri town and lake. With the wind blowing steadily we did not feel the heat.
This 10' cannon with a 5' bore is poised to blast enemies attempting to attack from north/north-west. I remember seeing similar cannons at Bijapur. Right below this turret is Bhavani temple.
Post will continue in Yadgiri fort - part 2.