Serial No 37
Situated around the Raichur town.
Period / Date
13th century A.D 1294
AD / BC
Description of the Monument
According to an inscription on a slab on a western wall, the fort was built by one Raja Vithala by order of Raja Gore Gangaya Raddivaru minister of kakatiya queen Rudramma Devi in the saka year 1216 (1294 A.D). The walls of the fort are constructed of huge block of well-dressed and nicely fitted stones, without the help of any cementing material. The outer wall, which is constructed comparatively rough stone masonry, however, in the work of Muslim as is shown by the various inscriptions in Arabic and Persian on its bastions and gateways. There are two gateways in the Hindu fortifications (sailami Darwaja in the west and sikandari Darwaja in the east) and five in the Muslim fortifications. The outer wall is enclosed by a deep moat on three sides, the fourth (southern) side being naturally defended by a row of three rocky hills, all fortified with massive ramparts. Inside the fort walls, there are a number of old buildings and mosques of considerable archaeological interest, several of them containing inscriptions commemorating their erection during the later Bahmani and the Adil Shahi periods.
A drawing carved on the wall of the fort deserves special mention. It depicts the process by which the large inscribed slab was brought from the quarry to the site, laden on a solid-wheeled cart drawn by a long team of buffaloes with men driving and cudgelling the animals and applying levers at the wheels to push the cart. Further to the right is carved a procession scene of six chariot drawn by humped with decorative collars round their neck, and a little distance to the south is carved a forest scene with Palmyra tree.
Description of Sub Monuments
Details of Paintings
Details of Inscriptions
The inscription referred in column No 15 is carved on a gigantic slab, about 42 feet in length, fitted in the western face of the Hindu defence.
Architect Sculptor / Artist
Karnataka State Gazetteer, Raichur District
(Ed) K.Abhishankar; Bangalore, 1970
Architectural and sculptural
Directorate of Archaeology and Museums in Karnataka.
Govt Order No
Suitable season for visit
Approach by Rail
Approach by Road
Approach by AIR
Buses, taxis, tempos, etc.
Traveller’s bungalow and lodges at Raichur.
Hotels and restaurants at Raichur.
Permission to Photograph
Director, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums in Karnataka, Mysore.