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Chandragiri Fort

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OVERVIEW

Chandragiri was built by the Yadava Rayas in the 11th century, and they lined it for more than three centuries. It then come under the control of the Vijayanagara ruler who moved here when the Golconda sultans attack their capital at Penukonda. It was annex by the Golconda sultans in 1646, and lastly came under the rule of the kings of Mysore. Around the ending of the eighteenth century, the fort was discarded, and it sunk into oblivion.
The major arrangement here is the Raja Mahal, the king’s palace. It is currently used as a museum, housing various artifact found in the fort as well as the surrounding area. The museum also has model of the fort, the main temple, as well as many additional temple in the region. There is too a Rani Mahal or the Queen’s palace.
More interesting is a walk through the lane of the erstwhile fort, which is dotted with ancient and recent temple, against the backdrop of the rock. There are a few structure on the rock, which have no path leading to them, but trekking is possible there. Srivari Mettu, one of the walking path to the main temple, start here at the fort. It is said that initially this was a private road meant for the royal family. Over the years, as the fort was abandoned, the path too fell into disrepair but it has now been repair, and people can use the path to arrive at the temple.

How to Reach

Chandragiri Fort is about 12 km from Tirupati from where recurrent buses are available.

Entry fees

100 Per Person Adults & Child
20 per person for adults (sound & light show)
10 per person for children's (sound & light show)

Timings

All days of the week except Friday 10:00 AM - 8:45 PM

Interesting Facts about Chandragiri fort

Chandragiri fort is a historical place of interest. The fort itself is known to survive from 10th-11th century. Some of the local kings who were ruling it were later on assimilated into Vijayanagar Kingdom. This fort became a place where the Emperors used to take relax while visit the Tirumala/tirupathi.
Chandragiri fort is a historical place of interest. The fort itself is known to survive from 10th-11th century. Some of the local kings who were ruling it were later on assimilated into Vijayanagar Kingdom. This fort became a place where the Emperors used to take relax while visit the Tirumala/tirupathi.
For the kings, Srivari Mettu (the lord's steps near to Srinivasa mangapuram) is the nearest to take steps to Tirumala (instead of Alipiri which was made by Ramanuja and for Tamil Nadu pilgrims as it was nearer to them direction wise).
If you are interested in heritage, history, and archeology, then this is a must visit place. Some of the interesting facts of the place are : It is believed that this is the fort/place where the one of the last of the Kings (called as Rajah by British), signed the document granting the Chennai(erstwhile Madras region - St George Fort area which became the seat of power for Madras presidency later) to British. There are number of documents on display in the Museum where one can see and study them. The English, cursive hand writing, inside, date, and sign by British etc can be view and is very exciting to see them. One only study in history textbook about some vague actions but one can actually see them here and make conclusion. The documents are kept in such a way to see them and is extremely good. Though the establishment should write/print them in current normal print so that one can understand them better.
The museum contains number of stone, metal, stuccos of various Saiva/Vishnu and are very beautiful.
And there are commanders quarters which is sometimes called as Rani Mahal. But why will Ranis not stay with the King? So as per the scholars also, it is actually the commander, officials etc who used to stay. The Rani mahal is actually a very little portion now existing as it has falled off. But one can see the foundations, remains and can imagine the grandeur it would have seen in its hey time.
The fort is also very well construct with good planning for keeping the enemy at bay. Just for history buff - after vijayanagar, it was taken over by extra kings, like Haider/Tipu, Golconda nawabs, and local nawabs etc and at last go into British hand.
Though the fort has much history, it is not recognized well by ASI, nor is actually maintained to international level. It is like maintain by some region level official. I think rather than common man taking interest and be proud, it should be the ASI which first should be proud to take care! Nothing seems to be working. Toilets are in bad condition, pool where boating is there nobody is there. Only one security guard.
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