Monday, January 4, 2010
Bhuvanagiri Durga (Kavaledurga) - The impregnable fort.
Kavaledurga is a beautiful place which i have visited many times, going through my old photos I thought this place needs to be highlighted and an article written on it.
Kavaledurga is a magnificent fort located on a hill at an attitude of 1541meters. Among the many forts of Karnataka, one that cannot be missed is Kavaledurga in Shimoga district.There are interesting stories and fables tagging this fort many temples of various deities.
A large fort was constructed at Kavaledurga around 9th century ad, which boasts of beautiful architecture & great construction plans at that time.
This Fort is ruined to a large extent and what remain are two fortresses and the Mylaareshwara shrine.
From the image of ‘Nagadevathe’ it shows some treasures were hidden still we can see this in one temple wall.
We can see Islamic style doorway in Kashi Vishwanatha Temple...Original doorway may changed into Islamic style during Hyder period.
The uniqueness of Vishwanatha temple is that there we can sight two stone pillars in front of this temple. Normally we cant find such things in other South India temples.
One time this empire also very colorfully and wealthy like this photo which captured from one of the beautiful pond on this fort.
As you keep on exploring the once glorious place, you come across a small cave-like structure in which you can find fresh water throughout the year.This is called as "Gadaa Theertha" because it was supposed to be dug by Bheema s Gadaa (of Mahabharata fame). There are one or two small ponds formed out of rocks in the fort premises. If you are a good explorer, you can also find a statue of "Aadhishesha" (the divine serpent) on the way. There is another place called "Tupaaki Buruju" which probably means that this part of the fort was meant for ammunition and guns, as "Tupaaki" means "cannon" and "Buruju" is a fort.