Forts in and Around Dharwad
Kittur Fort Near DharwadAmong the forts, Kittur fort in the town of Kittur, bordering Belgaum is a heritage and archaeological site. This fort is also popular as Kittur Chennamma fort and it derives its name from the great freedom fighter Rani Chenamma of Kittur. After the famous doctrine of lapse, Rani Chennamma initiated a fight for freedom from British rule in 1824 before the battle or sepoy mutiny of 1857 gave way to the actual freedom struggle. There are also a few historic monuments and sites in Kittur but most lay in ruins. This fort is however under renovation process.
A museum is housed on the premises of Kittur Chennamma fort which is supervised and controlled by state department of archaeology in Karnataka. The museum stores and displays rare collection of contemporary paintings, headstones of Lord Vishnu and Surya from Kadrolli as well as Devarashigehalli , Durga idol from Hirebagewadi, Subramanya from Manoli and other relics from excavations carried on in this region.
Parasgad Fort near DharwadParasgad fort is also an ancient fort atop a hill in Belgaum district, established by rulers of Ratta dynasty around 10th century near Saundatti village. Adjacent to the fort, an old temple houses the Hindu idol of Maruthi whereas the fort lies in ruins with no inhabitants except the houses which still exist abandoned by residents long ago. Yadravi village below the fort contains a cave with shrines and relics of Hindu gods and goddesses and engravings dating back to 901 Shaka as per the ancient Hindu calendar.
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