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Interior of the Fort, Chitradurga

Interior of the Fort, Chitradurga

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/23(2249a)

Item number: 2249a

Length: 28.1

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of the Fort at Chitradurga from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series, taken by Henry Dixon around 1868. The hill fort at Chitradurga is situated in a rocky landscape north-west of Bangalore. The fortifications were built by the Nayak Palegars in the 17th century. In 1779 Haider Ali captured the mud fort and erected a stone fortress. This Kallina Kote or Palace of Stone has many massive gateways with bent passageways, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits and water tanks. Inside the fort complex there are fourteen old temples; the Hidimbeshwara temple is the oldest on the site.

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