Front of the Rani Mahal, Chandragiri, (enlarged) details of arches, Chandragiri, North Arcot District
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the front of the Rana Mahal at Chandragiri from the 'Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1894-95'. Chandragiri is situated near Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh. The Hindu rulers of Vijayanagara chose Penukonda and then Chandragiri as their new capitals after the sack of Vijayanagara in 1565. They were finally overpowered by the forces of Bijapur and Golconda Sultans in 1659. The Upper Fort in Chandragiri stands on a 183m outcrop of granite. At its base there is a fortified zone that is divided into three enclosures. Within the central enclosure there are two royal palaces, the Raja and Rana Mahal, which are thought to date from the early seventeenth century. The Rana Mahal is two-storeyed. An octagonal tower rises above the central hall and smaller towers crown the staircases. The eastern façade, seen in this view, has plaster decoration including foliate motifs lining the arches.