Chitradurga Fort Captured in Lens - A Never-seen-before View


Chitradurga Fort Captured in Lens - A Never-seen-before View

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (GA)

Feb 24: Chitradurga, which is also the headquarters of Chitradurga district, derives its name from Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found here. Tradition dates the Chitradurga district to the period of the Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The whole district lies in the valley of the Vedavati river, with the Tungabhadra flowing in the North-West. The well known tourist place in Chitradurga is the Fort, which is popularly known as Kallina Kote or Ukkina Kote or even Elu Suthina Kote.

Daijiworld's ace photographer Dayanand Kukkaje who has made it a habit to click some stunning photos was recently in Chitradurga to attend the All-India Kannada Literary Conference. During his leisure hours, he clicked some memorable and fantastic photos of the famed Chitradurga fort. Here we present these beautiful pictures for all those who have never ever seen Chitradurga fort and even for those who have always admired this fabulous piece of architecture.

 The Fort of Chitradurga with seven circumambulations surrounds the seven hills of Chinmuladri range. Actually the construction of this fort started during 10th Century AD and completed in 18th Century AD during the rule of palegars. According to an estimate the total length of the fort is about 8 kms. This fort as 19 gateways, 28 postern gates, 35 secret entrances, 4 invisible entrances, 50 warehouses, apart from other monuments.

The Chitradurga fort is a marvel of military architecture made impregnable by the Nayak Palegars. Visitors to Chitradurga’s Kallina Kote cannot help but be astounded by the sheer size of everything within the Fort. The approach to each gate is uphill and through passages which twist and turn, thus making it impossible to use elephants or battering rams to break down the gates. Additionally every wall has pigeonholes from where soldiers could rain down arrows on invaders.

 

  

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  • bharathy, tumkur

    Wed, Jan 20 2016

    great photos! Keep up the good work!

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  • darshan, challakere

    Fri, Apr 3 2015

    nice pics.. i have seen fort for almost 10times but never in this angle..... ausume.... keep it up

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  • Harish, Shimoga

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Pics are very beautify. The pain he has taken, it is really worth. Old memories are re-collected. Thanks to Mr. Dayanand to give these types of rear and very beautiful passioned pics. Thanks once again.

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  • gangadhar, raichur

    Sat, Nov 17 2012

    all photos are very beautiful

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  • vishwas, mysore

    Wed, Nov 2 2011

    the order is kambaniya kuyulu, rakta ratri,tiragubana , hosa hagalu ,vijayotsava, rajyadaha, kasturi kankana ,durgasthmana.. ottu entu pustaka galive.. tumba chanag ide ondakinta ondu..

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  • NAGARAJA GUPTA GS, MYSORE

    Thu, May 12 2011

    One should see Chitradurga fort and taste the delicious masaldosa and coffee at Mysore Cafe. Still i remember the days i spent at Chitradurga when i was first appointd in DOT. Thanks to the photographer MR Dayananda for the astonishging photos.

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  • shoaib junaidi, Dubai

    Sun, Nov 22 2009

    Its very nice to see the pictures recall the memory of childhood regards shoaib junaidi,Dubai

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  • Arun Lobo, Chitradurga

    Thu, Mar 5 2009

    Thanks a lot Daya. Those were the rocks on which I spent my childhood weekends and most of my summer holidays. Though I am far now you have created a desire in me to visit that land. I miss the rocks a lot and all my group of friends. Thanks again.

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  • Satish Iyer, Kasargod/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 4 2009

    Good Effort and fascinating pics...cheers Daya

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  • jayashree, Dharmastala

    Tue, Mar 3 2009

    Really its a very beautiful view.Great Chitradurga & Nice pics, good work

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  • ashfak, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 3 2009

    Wow... what a wonderful pics.... Daya you are really great....... Keep it up...... We expect more from u......Thanks again.

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  • Umesh Nayak, Udupi, Karnataka

    Mon, Mar 2 2009

    Excelent photographs & great work by Mr.Dayananda Kukkaje. In future you cover other places of Karnataka which is having historical background. All the best

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  • MANJUNATH H D, DUBAI

    Sun, Mar 1 2009

    EXCELLENT WORK WHICH DEPICTS THE HISTORY OF MADAKARI NAYAKA, ONAKE OBAVVA AND OTHER BRAVE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT WITH HYDERALI.

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  • Jabbar, Kuwait/Mudbidri

    Sun, Mar 1 2009

    Waw.. Great color mixture.. nice one

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  • H. M. Prashanth, challakere

    Sun, Mar 1 2009

    Nice photos

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  • ateeq sheik mohammed, abu dhabi

    Fri, Feb 27 2009

    excellent...daya..i have visited this place in my 10th std.. in 1988 ..those days even there was no single camera with us to capture ..however it made me i am in that place again..nice photographs..

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  • riyaz sky phone, bahrain

    Sat, Feb 28 2009

    Excellent photos by Daya.... Best of luck and expecting much more from you in days ahead.....

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  • Adv Smitha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 27 2009

    Excellent photos by Daya.... Best of luck and expecting much more from you in years ahead.....

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  • chamaraja rao, Mangalore/Las Vegas, NV

    Fri, Feb 27 2009

    Having visited this magnificient fort last year, Mr. Kukkaje's fine photos brought vivid memories of the same.A delightful visit it was. Thanks for an excellent pictorial coverage.Chamaraj Rao

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  • Mini Mohan, Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 27 2009

    Hey... awesome pictures....You are great!!!!

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  • Austin Santhosh, Haleangadi/Bahrain

    Fri, Feb 27 2009

    Dear Dayanand Kukkaje, Thank you very much for the wonderful photographs. You are simply the best! May God bless you!

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  • Uday Rodrigues, Jeddah/Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Feb 26 2009

    I have made a habit of telling about Daijiworld to whomever kannadigas & Indians I meet here. I am also planning to create a Facebook profile on Daijiworld to bring up more fans and readers.

    I took this special opportunity to write after watching the amazing photos of Chitradurga fort by Mr. Dayannd Kukkaje. I request Mr. Dayanand please.. There are so many other beautiful places in Karnataka…Mangalore-Kasaragod which people do not know. I have seen a place called “Posade Gumpe” it is a beautiful hill in Dharmathadaka – Manjeshwar, Kasaragod Dist. From the top of the hill we can view Mangalore city, MRPL, Arabic sea, Konaje etc.

     I request you to visit this Place and also to capture & bring your best for us in Daijiworld. Diajiworld has got bright future and I hope in the future I will watch Daiji News Channel live in TV. You deserve for it, you can do it.. Great work Daijiworld……Keep it up… go ahead…..all the best!!

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  • Melisha Noronha, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Great Pics Daya!!!

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  • Abraham Coutinho, Mundkur/Bombay

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Mr. H. R. Lobo, I am very happy that at least (you) one person has pointed out about the literature available about Chitra Durga while all others praised its beauty. Yes, the Great Writer- Late Ta Ra Su wrote seven books on history of "Durga". They are Raktha Rathri, Tirugubana, Kambaniya Kuyilu, Durgasthamana, Vijoyotsava Baga I and II. I had read all the 7 books about 40 years back but now I do not recall one name/title.

    In those books Ta Ra Su had given very clear details of the Fort and it's safety construction aspect. I had seen this Fort two times down from the city side. Could not enter and see inside. Now I saw inside view - thanks to you Daijhiworld and your Mr. Dayand Kukkaje for his excellent photography.

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  • Rajesh Gonsalves, Bejai Mangalore / Cairo Egypt

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Excellent pics Daya. Should say you have an 'Eye of the tiger'. Keep it up. Proud to be your friend. I really wonder what the tourism dept is doing with so much potential for tourism in Karnataka. Mr Janardhan Reddy Instead of flying in choppers, come down and see the ground reality.

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  • G N Mohan, Bangalore

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    daya has different camera eye. great!

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  • Athaullah , Dubai

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Wow... what a wonderful pics.... Daya you are really great....... Keep it up...... We expect more from u......Thanks again.

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  • M .Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Good pictures ... looking at this i just recalled my childhood days . we used sing in school "chitradurgada kallina kote, adara suttha pergude mante , Nagara havena mande chatte , Namma shaleya kodapana otte" Thank you daya and daiji team fo wonderful pictures....

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  • Stanny, Brahmavara

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Great Work Mr. Dayanand. I have never been to the place but your photographs has convinced me to go there someday. Keep it up and show us some more such gems in Karnatka. Was also curious about the windmills on one of the hillocks in the background.

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  • Prakash Shetty Ulepady, New Delhi

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Frame, Lighting sense, angle, and camera... not it is only DAYANANDA KUKKAJE embed with these all features... Hats off Mr. Photographer

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  • RAMESH MANJESHWAR, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    "Chitradurgadaa kallina Kote"..... mesmerising song Jeevana paryantha nenapiduvanthaha padya. Meantime, I would like to know more details on the transport facility, boarding facility around these places. Anybody can help? Thank you Mr.Daya, keep it up.

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  • SANTHOSH, NESAR-PERLA/DUBAI

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Excellent work from D.Kukkaje. Thanks to Daiji for supporting this talent.....

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  • bhaskar r poojary, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Excelent photographs & great efforts by Mr.Dayananda Kukkaje.keep it up.god bless you.

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  • Lancyad, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Really this is a beautiful View..Good Fotography..Thanks to daiji..Daya Keep it up....

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  • Peter D'Mello, Udyavara/Sydney

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Had this been in an First world country, this icon [by itself] would have been marketed to tour operators, per se. Very nice pictures.

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  • Reema C, Kulshekar/ U.S.A

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Cool picture...... made me go back to the school days and remember studying about Chitradurga and its history in books. Thanks for sharing the photos and the article on it.

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  • sullu, bangalore

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    thanks mr kukkaje remindinding us the brave of onake obavva, with your mind-blowing photoes of kallina kote

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  • Ophelia D'souza Patrao, Miyar/AUSTRALIA

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Thanks Dayanand, nice pictures Keep it up .I always appreciate your superb photography in Daiji. May God bless you and reach you to the top.

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  • L.J.Dsouza, Brahmavar.

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Very nice photos.looking like foreign views.Thank you for sending.

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  • yashwanth, kadri/bahrain

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Excellent photos by kukkaje good luck for ur future

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  • H. R. LOBO, DEREBAIL MANGALORE - PUNE

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    The late Ta Ra Su one of the doyens of Kannada literature written a serious historical novels on the Nayaka dynasty of Chitradurga. They are all masterpieces but the pick of the lot I vividly remember reading more than 3 decades ago was "Raktha Raathri".

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  • John D'Souza, Kinnigoli/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Beautiful pictures, superb photography. Good work.

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  • vishwa, mangalore\bangalore

    Wed, Feb 25 2009

    Every thing written most important part is missed out. Chithradurgada kallina kote addaralli undu kallina mate. A secret opening with which hyderali wanted to innvade in and a lone women contained them her name is "onake obbavva"

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  • AMRITH RAJ, MANGALORE

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    excellent daya........! keep up the good work

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  • Faruk A.K. (Abu Dhabi), Koornadka, Darbe, Puttur

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Bravo dear Daya, Very beautiful composition and well placed on the frame with perfect colors, use of light and crisp detail. Thanks Walty/Daiji.

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  • iqbal AK HEJMADY, sharjha

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    THANK YOU DAIJIWORLD realy its wery beautiful view.keep it up dayanand kukkaje

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  • Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Extraordinary images, Thank You Dayanand Kukkaje and Daijiworld for sharing them with us.

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  • abhishek, mulky

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    by the way..the invader was hyder ali..the so called secular tippu's father.

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  • Royal D'silva, Gongolli/Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Really Its a very very beautiful view. Thanks to Dayanand Kukkaje. keep it up.

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  • pamela, Casica, Sharjah

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Nice pictures and just memorised the song - Chithradurgada kallina kote............

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    BEAUTIFUL VIEW THANKS TO DAYANAND KUKKAJE . KEEP IT UP.....

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