Even though Hemgudda location was known, I could not locate the fort walls in Google Maps. I could not find much info about it except there's a temple. I wasn't sure where the fort was- on the hill or the plain below. I had to be patient until I saw the place.
December 22, 2012
This was the second fort on the itinerary of the day. The hill is situated next to Koppal-Gangavati road, about 11 kms from Budgumpe cross. There are no fort walls or ruins visible on the highway side of Hemagiri. A narrow leads to the other side of the hill. Here we are..
Of the two openings in the fort wall, this seems to be the main entrance. It's a narrow passage flanked by a pair of bastions. Right besides the wall is a temple. We saw a large group of men attired in dhotra, seated under a concrete shelter, chanting mantras.
This circular structure built of stone and covered with mortar could be a granary. To the left, behind the granary is a small rectangular structure- that's a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Indrappa performed a small pooja by lighting agarbathi. Close to the temple is a pole with saffron flag- this flag can be seen from the highway.
Seen from the other end- its quite a big tank. The small wall in the middle divides the tank into two parts- deep and shallow.
We climbed down quickly. As we reached the base, Indrappa took off without a word. We had noticed a temple earlier, we decided to take a quick look. I remember seeing this type of stepped shikhara at Hampi.
Done with the temple, we headed back to the car, found a nice clean spot with a water tank close by and settled down for a home packed lunch- rotti, malki-kaal, cucumber, tomato, chatni and curds. After two hill climbs, lunch was bliss, I relished every bite. Post lunch yeli-adki session is a default setting. We head towards our next destination- Roudakunda fort.
Hemagudda fort coordinates: 15°26'13"N 76°23'14"E