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Upstairs at the palace, Kondapalli, Kistna District

Upstairs at the palace, Kondapalli, Kistna District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1898

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/4(340)

Item number: 340

Length: 20.4

Width: 27.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of part of the ruins of the Tanisha Mahal, the palace in the fort at Kondapalli in the Vijayawada District near the Krishna river, Andhra Pradesh, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1898-99. In the Madras List of 1882, Robert Sewell wrote about Kondapalle, "A fine hill-fortress very picturesquely situated amongst hills and forest. It is said to have originally built by the Reddis...It probably dates from about the fourteenth century when the Reddis were in power. It was attacked by the Mussulmans and finally passed into their possession about the year 1471. There is a fort and a handsome palace on the top of the hill...there are lines of strong fortifications and a number of bastions on points commanding the plains...There are several buildings still standing beside the palace which is ruins." Kondapalli, a small town 16 kms away from the city of Vijayawada, is known for its toy-making craft; a very light white wood is used to make lively painted toys, including mythological figures, women and animals. There is a small fort here which is supposed to date from the time of the Chalukyas (8th to 10th century). The ruined Tanisha Mahal had many chambers on the ground floor and a huge hall on the upper floor. It had bathrooms provided with stone cisterns fed by terracotta pipes. The fort has a tank fed by natural springs.

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