Udgir Fort is a 12th-century fort is steeped in history, with a treaty that was the result of a battle between the Marathas and the Nizams. But that’s not all – legend has it that the fort was built on the spot where Lord Shiva offered to reside in the form of a LINGA after being pleased with the worship of Udling sage. Who knew that a fort could have such divine beginnings?
But that’s not all – Udgir Fort has been through a lot over the years. It was under the control of many dynasties, including the Satavahanas, Chalukyas, and Yadavas. It even played a significant role in the Barid dynasty, with the important forts of Ausa, Udgir, and Kandhar under its control. The fort was fought over in many battles and was finally won by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in 1636.
If you’re looking to visit Udgir Fort, you can cross the village by a vehicle to reach it directly. The fort is called “Bhuikot” because it’s on the same ground level as the village, but it’s surrounded by a deep valley on three sides that have provided natural protection. The fourth side is protected by a 40 feet deep and 20 feet wide trench. In earlier times, the trench used to be filled with water and the fort was only accessible by a retractable bridge. Talk about serious security measures!
Now, as you walk towards the fort from the Chaubara chowk, you’ll see a newly built, southbound entry doorway. And once you step inside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by history. Check out the relics of the original fortress and imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday. And don’t forget to look for the Persian and Arabic inscriptions that can be found in some parts of the fort – it’s like a treasure hunt!
So if you’re looking for a trip back in time, be sure to visit Udgir Fort. Who knows what other surprises and stories you might uncover?
Scattered throughout the surrounding hills, there are a number of old military observation points and rest houses, built from an unusual white clay. However, all have long since fallen into disrepair. Udgir Fort may also feature a deep tunnel that connects it to the forts of Bhalki and Bider.
The fort is bounded by a 40-foot-deep (12 m) trench, and contains several palaces, as well as the Samadhi of Udaygir Maharaj, which is 60 feet (18 m) under the normal ground level. It has some rare inscriptions written in Arabic and Persian which testify to the promotion of knowledge and culture by the local Muslim rulers over the centuries.
The fort served as a military base of Marathas so as to maintain pressure on the Nijam. The fort was under the control of Marathas till 1818 and later on, it shifted towards Nizam from the British.