November 27, 2013
After spending the first hours of the day Waganageri I head towards Devadurga aka Deodurga via. Shorapur. It was about 10-30 when we reached Deodurga town outskirts. There was hillock in sight but no sign of fortification on it. When I asked people about the fort most did not even know a fort existed here. One person said there's an old structure called Dodda Darbar.. I asked him him if he could show us the place. Yes, he joined us.. I forgot his name :( We drove through the narrow streets and came to this structure. The person on the left is our guide.
This ancient structure measuring about 85m (275') x 70m (232') in plan has walls 25' high. As you see there are balconies at the top. Perhaps the ruler gave audiences to subjects from the balcony.
Back home, I checked Deodurga hillock on Google Maps.. there were ruins of a fort on it :( So close yet so far. Anyway, I'll go there during a trip to Raichur, there are few other places on my list which are nearby Deodurga. Perhaps I must carry a tablet during my future trips, that way need not depend on my memory and people's information too much. But its a pain to lug around too many gadgets.
Dodda Darbar coordinates: 16°24'55"N 76°56'12"E
Deodurga fort coordinates: 16°25'1"N 76°56'24"E