About Chitradurga

Chitradurga located at a distance of 202 kms Northwest of Bangalore, in the heart of the Deccan Plateau, Chitradurga is recognized as the land of valour and chivalry. The district headquarters town, Chitradurga owes its name to Chitrakaladurga, or Picturesque castle. This is a massive fortress on top of granite hills that rises dramatically from the ground. It achieved eminence, as a feudatory state of the Vijayanagar Empire, under the dynastic rule of the Nayakas or Paleyars, known for their heroic exploits. The most eminent of the feudatory chieftains, was Madakari Nayaka. This hill fortress built by the Nayakas during the Vijayanagar era, became their stronghold later.

General Profile

Number of Taluk Panchayat                                 06

Gram Panchayat                                               185

Number of Villages                                          1059

Geography: Chitradurga Fort is renowned for its Kallina Kote / Ukinna kote / Elu Suttina kote which was built in parts by the Palegar Nayakas, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. It comprises a series of seven enclosure walls in Kannada. Eighteen ancient temples can be found inside the fort. This seemingly impregnable fort has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entrances and water tanks. The rulers of this fort built 2000 watch towers to guard and have a better look at enemies movement all the time.Communities and Language:The population comprising Kunchitiga Vokkaligas, Nayakas, Gollas (Yadavs), Kurubas, Madiga, Lingayats, and several other communities. Majority of the people in Chitradurga are Hindus with Muslims comprising about 9% of the population. Kannada is the most widely spoken language but Urdu and Telugu is also spoken near areas bordering Andhra Pradesh.

Tourism

Chandravalli- Suituated at the north easterly axis of the Chitradurga hill, the Chandravalli is an ancient archaeological site. Digs revealing bricks, painted pottery and coins are traced to the Satavahana period as well as well as prehistoric times. Chitradurga Fort- The old walled Town houses the impressive fort, built on the north eastern base of a cluster of rocky hills, qualifying it to be a Giridurga, or hill fortress. Known as Yelu Suthina Kote, the fort is fortified by seven circular walls, three of which are on the ground and four on the hill. Doddahottrangappa Hill - has a Ranganathaswamy temple on top of a hillock which is a trekkers paradise. Vanake Obavva Kindi - No account of Chitradurga Fort would be complete without mention of the Vanake Obavva Kindi, a secret entrance associated with the heroic tale of a Beda woman, Obavva. Single handed, she vanquished hundreds of Haider Ali�s soldiers, who were stealthily trying to enter the fort. Jogimatti- Ten kms. south of Chitradurga is this hill resort, situated at a height of 3803 ft. (The highest point in the district). The place is named after a yogi, who was well known for his social service . Himavatkedra, a waterfall that flows through the rocks, has created a natural cave, that has a Shiva Linga and idols of Veerabhadra and Basavanna. Sirigere- Located northwest of Chitradurga, Sirigere is well known for the Veershaiva Mutt of Taralabalu Jagadguru. The monastery is noted for the educational and religious centers run by them.

Art And Culture

Culture under Palayagara's Known for their valour, Chitradurga's Nayaka Palyagaras were also patrons of great musicians. Writer Ta. Ra. Su (T.R. Subba Rao) has not only researched extensively in the area, but has brought to life several characters who lived in those times in the fortified city. Several films (notably Nagara Haavu, Hamsa Geete and Kallarali Huvaagi have brought to life the glory of this fort).

Chitradurga in Karnataka

Chitradurga
Subdistricts
Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Hosdurga, Molakalmuru, Challakere, Holalkere
Headquarters
Chitradurga
Population
1,517,896
Density
243 /km2
Time zone
IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
8440 km2
Code
Pincode : Telephone +91 (8194) Vehicle KA-16
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