Having read about it in school, I always wanted to go; but could not make it until now even though it was just 200 kms away from Bangalore. Visited it last month and boy! I was impressed. The technology they used to build a self sustaining; self protecting fort is amazing. Few pictures from my visit.
Chandravalli caves. Ancient archeological site. Ankali Matt is situated underground and has huge lingas under giant stone.
Inside the caves; underground.
Visited the house where the last generation of King of Chitradurga lives. They have good collections of items from the bygone era. Seen here is a water can that was carried to quench King's thirst. Its not that there was no water anywhere else; just that they wanted to consume only the water from their sources.
Swords used in battlefield.
The outer wall.
A huge grinder to make gun powder
The seven enclosures had seven gates. Each has its own unique stories and art. One of the gates.
Of the lost era.
The tiny shelter was a temple. It has a 10 feet deep hole which was used to hide jewelery and other valuables in case of an outside attack.
A pond laden with moss. Its said the two queens plunged to their death when Hyder Ali invaded Chitradurga.
Temple and a deity worshiped by Obavva. She was a woman who fought the forces of Hyder Ali alone with a pounding staff.
A lamp stand on the fort wall.
Temples on the top.
A closer view.
An old temple nestled at the end of the fort.
Carved out of rocks.
A 'Dwarapalaka' at the entrance. Almost chipped off.
A window view of the watch tower.
View of the town
A view of the enclosures design. They form a maze.
A sacred pond.