Yadagiri fort /vanadurgafort

The village of Vanadurga is located to the north of Shorapur and to the west of Shahapur Nestled in a small village of Karnataka is the Vanadurga Fort that was once used as a station by a unit of a royal force. The fort is located in the village of Vanadurga in Shahapur taluk of Yadgir district in Karnataka. The fort is also known as Wanadurga Fort. The fort was built by Krishnappa Nayaka, the ruler of the Shorapur Nayaka Dynasty

The Vanadurga Fort was initially constructed as a station for a small unit of the royal army. It served as the outpost for the territory under the rule of the Nayaka dynasty. The fort was given the name Vanadurga as it was surrounded by dense forest at that time. As vana means forest and durga means fort in the local language, the fort was named thus. But with time the forest surrounding the fort started to diminish. Today the fort is no longer surrounded by a forest. Instead, the fort stands surrounded by agricultural fields. According to the local legend the Vanadurga Fort was built by the then king of Surpur, Piddanayaka as a tribute to his queen Venkammamba

The entrance gate of the fort has Sanskrit inscriptions of five lines in the Devanagari script on either side. The historical structure comprises of an inner court and an outer court. The outer court is rectangular in shape and stands guard against the entrance to the inner court. Actually it was built as a trap to confuse enemy soldiers who dared to enter the fort. The inner court is a fortified area that has many other buildings. There is a well and a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. Remarkably, the fortification walls and the citadels of the fort are still in good condition.

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