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Dowlatabad. The Bala Hissar

Dowlatabad. The Bala Hissar

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 97/(41)

Item number: 41

Length: 11.9

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Daulatabad, taken from the 'Views of the Caves of Ellora and Ajunta, Nizams Dominions, [by] Raja Deen Dayal & Sons, State Photographers' in the 1900s. The Hindu citadel of Devagiri, "Hills of Gods" was occupied and renamed Daulatabad "City of Fortune" after the Tughluq conquest at the end of the 13th century. In the 14th and 15th centuries it was the capital of the Bahmani sultans of the Deccan and later it was taken by the Mughals in 1633. The impressive fortress is situated on the top of a steep hill 200 metres high. There are three concentric lines of fortifications between the outer wall and the citadel which is reached by steep flights of steps. The remains of the original town of Deogiri are enclosed by the outer walls, entered through three gateways. A series of underground passages through the solid rock leads to the citadel. A tunnel leads to the Hindu Pavilion, seen in this view which has a verandah above a thrity metre precipice.

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