Fast Facts :
Region : Tamil Nadu, from Thiruvannamalai about thirty seven kilometers
Established In : Thirteenth century
Famous As : Eastern Troy
Constructed By : (Chola dynasty)
Tamil Nadu state's Gingee fort is also known as Shingee, it is almost thirty-seven kilometers away from the eastern Thiruvannamalai. This ancient fort is very popular within Tamilnadu. It is a very old castle and has been constructed almost during the thirteenth century. It is situated over 3 various hills, and is bounded by a three kilometer long boundary land. Such a massive and gigantic fortress has been constructed through Chola Dynasty. The unbelievable valour and courage of this fort's old rulers converted father Pinments into priest who called this fort as Troy of East.
Birth of Fort :
Tamil Nadu state’s courageous fort has an amazing History that commences from 1383 till 1780. You must be excited to know the history behind this fort, so its history has many twists and turns. Maratha dynasty's Vijyanagar emperors & Mughals had captured this land and then it was captured by the Chola dynasty. This was controlled by the British and French emperors just for some time. During the year 1638 , this fort of Tamil Nadu went from the hands of Vijayanagar emperors into Bijapur Sultanate's hands. After some time again it was again captured through emperor Shivaji during the year 1677, during 1690 it went towards the Mughal side, 1750 French and 1762 British. During the Mughal period, this fort had become Arcot's head quarter. While in the eighteenth century, French dynasty had captured Tamil Nadu state's fort and they kept this castle below livelihood for eleven years. At that time numbers of sculptural adventure of this fort were transferred to Tamil Nadu state's Pondicherry. Gingee fort is actually a worthy tourists destination. If you see the panoramic view of Gingee castle, you will feel that this old monument is trying to tell the history of this structure, many essential historical things that have been viewed by this fort.
Beauty of Fort :
As per the legend, Gingee fort's name has come up from a virgin goddess called Senji Amman. This Fort comprises strong walls that intersect to three unreachable hills such as Chandrayandurg, Krishnagiri & Rajagiri. These 3 hills are inclined in a triangle form, whereas the major connecting wall is almost twenty meters thick. These 3 hill's make unassailable citadels, the inner portion of the fort contains a numbers of gates and fortification.
Noticeable Features :
Stables & Barracks :
If you go towards Kalyana's western side, you will get to see ranges of arched cells and low vaulted, which are called as stables and barracks, at present this has been transformed to a Archeological Conservation Training Camp.
Kalyana Mahal :
It is one of the striking features of Gingee fort, but it has been ruined now. This Mahal was constructed in a unique architectural style that is Indo-Islamic, it comprises of a square shape court, it is bounded through various rooms that had been made for the Governor family's women. At the center of the court, there is twenty seven meter huge square building that has been constructed by stone and it also has a pyramidal top.
Mosque of Ullam Khan :
You can see this mosque at the entrance, when you enter inside the inner portion of Rajagiri fort. It has been built by Sad-at-Ullah Khan. At that time, he had constructed this fort as a sign of this conquest on De Singh. He had also put his power on this fort during the 1713 century. As per the inscription written in Persian language that has been founded at this place, this holy mosque has been made during the 1717 till 1718 years.
Granary & Gymnasium :
This is one of the hugest garner, constructed by using stones; it also has a huge entrance passage. The walls of Granary are about two m thick. This stone building along with barrel domed shed is only present on Granary's northern and eastern side, this was used as a Gymnasium.
Vekataramana Temple :
This is the biggest temple in Gingee. This spiritual temple has been constructed by Muthiah Nayaka during the 1550.
Prisoner's well :
It is located towards the back of Chakkaraikulam's in Rajagiri hill. This very less circulation block wall is popular as during the old period, at the place prisoners were chucked and were left for starvation. Here you cant miss the luxurious facilities because this place served a bathtub along with lots of water, big shank that is located on the peak point of fort close to Chakrakulam-kunda, these facilities are just like treasure for tourists like you. There are some more structure and buildings within the fort area, which were lifted through Gingee's powerful rulers that belong to Nayaka, Mughal, Vijayanagar, Carnatic Nawab, Maratha, British and French families while the1383 till 1780 period.
Close Attractive Spots :
If you go some kilometers ahead from this fort, Rajagiri has one more castle that has been founded through Konar community's Chief Ananda Kon during the 1200 centuries. Around 1240, his descendant Krishna made the Krishnagiri. Rajagiri's fort is always made by black rock and Saffron.
Essential Guidelines for Tourists :
While the way that goes towards the fort, you must take the instructions and guidance from archeological office. The visiting time of this fort starts from 09:00am till 05:00pm.
Here you will easily get accommodation facility like resort and hotels as per your budget, at Tiruvannamalai.