Maratur fort was discovered by chance while scanning Gulbarga district on Wikimapia. Maratur is about 20+ kms south of Gulbarga, off Gulbarga-Shahabad road.
November 29, 2013
Our day rolled off with a drive to Malkhed fort and back to Gulbarga. Breakfast was at a cart vending fresh and hot idli, vade, upit, tea :) Then we took the ring road, found the right junction linking to Shahabad. Road was good, not much traffic at that time, its easy to miss the right turn.. in fact we over shot 4 kms. Finally we found the turn and reached Maratur village. Fort's bastions very visible from the outskirts.
This inscription was composed and inscribed during the reign of Vikramaditya VI of Chalukya dynasty. It is dated Saturday, Magha Shudha Saptami of Shobhakrutu Samvastra during Chalukya Vikrama year 48 corresponding to Saturday, the 6th January 1123 AD.
Scribes: Srimat Kulkarni Kunige Bhairava and Namana
Important stanza in the inscription indicating greatness of Vijnaneshwara the author of Mitakshara:
"When the emperor Vikramaditya VI of Chalukya dynasty, who was being honoured even by his enemies, hostile kings, wearing the jewelled crown touched the feet of Vijnaneshwara, the effulgent rays reflecting from the jewelled crown worn by him fell on the feet of Vijnaneshwara."
This inscription was found at Shri Kalingeshwara Gudi. It was shifted and installed at here.. the black stone slab bearing the inscription is embedded into a wall. Personally I feel this is a bad idea. Mounting it on a pedestal and keeping all four sides would have been better. Besides the inscription is a life size painting of Vijnaneshwara placed haphazardly on a wooden table.
To see more more of Maratur see Rajesh Naik's post: ಮರೆಯಬಾರದ ಮರತೂರು
Maratur fort coordinates: 17°12'43"N 76°53'7"E