Oct 22, 2016

Ruins of Nagavi Fort

Nagavi fort was the most recent addition to my list of forts. It was discovered while scanning Nagavi site ..a part of the site was marked with the word 'Kote.'  The fort's perimeter is approximately 1.7 kms around its 36 acres of plain land. Within the fort are ruins of houses, water tanks and soldiers' barracks. So, it was a citadel ..a small fortified town.

Jul 2, 2016
We started our tour of Nagavi with Sanjeevini Anjaneya Mandir followed by the temple-mosque complex with a stepped well. Next we walked towards the fort. The path between Anjaneya temple and the fort is well tread ..mostly by cattle herds and shepherds. There were two-wheeler tire tracks too. We walked along the fort wall which at places is more of dirt mound. The fort entrance is recognisable, thanks to walls which have managed to withstand the forces of Nature and humans.

Pushpa lead the way shooting the way with my mobile phone.

There we are.. arch of Nagavi's east-facing main entrance The arch design is Islamic, similar to the ones at Gulbarga / Bidar forts. This arch would be constructed during Bahamani rule but the fort as such was originally built during Chalukya's time.

Close look at the self-supporting arch. An amazing piece of construction this is.

The arch as seen from inside. We just followed the foot path from here..

We reached this dilapidated structure. One of the online sources refers to this as Kali Masjid. Since the structure has one minar, I'll name it Ek-Minar Masjid.

The entrance is decorated with an arch and an elaborately sculpted door frame. If you check the door frame'd head closely, the sculpturing has been defaced. Probably it was Gajalakshmi. Then there are other pieces of sculpturing which are typical to Hindu temples. This structure was a Hindu shrine originally built during Chalukyan time and Muslim rulers who took over the place converted this into a mosque.

This is one portion of the temple premises. Even this structure displays characteristics of a Hindu temple. Probably this temple had a Shikhara which was replaced by the Minar. In the same compond there's another smaller structure built in similar style/

Rear view of the shrine. Dresses Shahabad stone blocks have been used in most structures here ...temples, wells, rampart walls, gateways and arches. Wonder what's the original name of this stone.. i.e. before Shahabad came into existence.

The foot path went further into the fort but we decided to end our tour here since we still had to see Aravattu Kambhada Devasthana and then reach Firozabad fort well before sunset. So we head back towards Anjaneya Mandir where our car was parked. Just before the temple, there's a bastion, I could climb over the ramp formed by the rubble.

We were hungry and tired. Good thing we carried our lunch only thing we needed a good spot to rest and have lunch peacefully - that would be Aravattu Kambada Gudi, a short drive from here.

Here's a map showing places of interest in Nagavi. For reader's benefit- distance between Yellamma temple (1) and fort Sanjeevini Anjaneya temple (6) is approximately 800 meters.

Nagavi fort Coordinates: 17°6'17"N   77°5'5"E

Oct 15, 2016

Temple-Mosque Complex, Nagavi

July 2, 2106
After Sanjeevini Anjaneya darshan, we were scanning the surrounding area. On the eastern side was temple-mosque complex.. two stepped-Shikharas and one domed minar stood out from the complex. The entire complex was enclosed in a wall built of Shahabad stones. Good rains had fed the soil from which lot of vegetation thrived. Since the place is frequented by shepherds and probably priests to perform rituals footpaths were created. We went along the paths..

First we stopped at the stepped well, not a deep one. Water was clear and seemed quite fresh. Thanks to rains.

So this the twin Shikhara temple. Online sources say these temples were built during Rastrakuta rule when Manyakheta was the empire's capital. All these structures are built of Shahabad stones. Local people have covered them in sunna ~ lime.

Adjoining the temple is the mosque like structure but the saffron color door indicates this is another Hindu shrine. Normally Muslim structures are green. The ambience was peaceful, perfect place to have lunch. It was cloudy and windy yet warm.

Another view of the spot. Notice the statue on the right ..this kind of reminds of totem poles of Red Indians. Its a unique sculpture.. something totally new to me. Its a male character in a very compactly seated, body erect, so are neck and head. Face looks peaceful with eyes cast down. Arms are held together as though holding on to a short stick. The idol is beautiful. Need to find out more about it.

This long hall must be a shelter for pilgrims visiting this shrine. Like the nearby Nagavi Yellamma Gudi, we see Islamic architecture here also.

The halls's exterior. This could also been a prayer hall. If the structure on the right was a mosque, probably this was an extension.

This definitely looks like a mosque ..the minars an arch over the entrance. However inside its more a Hindu shrine than a mosque.

The mosque's dome painted in gold. However I think below this dome there could be a Hindi shrine.

Having done with this monument, we decide to move on.. As we head towards Nagavo fort gate, I noticed stone slabs jutting out from the ground. Probably long time back an earthquake must have dislodged slabs which tore out of the surface. In this region its pretty common to see vast sheets of plain stones coveirng large areas/ At times its hard to believe its natural formation, it seems as though these sheets were laid out by masons.

A stone's throw from here is Nagavi arched fort entrance.