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Dowlatabad Fort from Ellora Road.

Dowlatabad Fort from Ellora Road.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 430/35(46)

Item number: 46

Length: 19.9

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Distant view of the Daulatabad fort and Chand Minar from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. In the 9th century the site was known as Devagiri (‘Hill of the Gods’) and was the capital of a confederacy of Hindu tribes. In the 13th century there were attempts to occupy the fort but only in 1327 was it fully occupied by Muhammad bin Tughluq (r.1325-51). The Sultan renamed the town Daulatabad (‘Abode of the Gods’) and decreed that his entire court should move here from Delhi as it was to become the base for his military campaigns further south. The fort subsequently fell to a number of different ruling dynasties before it was taken by the Marathas in the mid 18th century. The imposing fortress is situated on the top of a 200 metre high volcanic hill. There are three concentric lines of fortifications between the outer wall and the citadel which is reached by steep flights of steps. The Chand Minar, or Moon Tower, is a victory pillar consisting of four circular storeys and a central fluted section erected by Ala-ud-Din Bahmani in 1435 to mark his conquest of the fort. The base of the minaret has twenty-four small chambers and the exterior was formerly covered with glazed Persian tiles.

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