Chandragiri Fort is very ancient fort at Chandragiri near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India. This for has a history of a millennium to its credit. The fort is mainly associated with Vijayanagara Kings.
Chandragiri was built by Yadava Naidu kings in the 11th century. The Raja Mahal Palace is situated inside the fort. It is a fine example of Indo-Sarcen style of architecture, which was patronized during the Vijayanagara period. The palace was build using brick, stone, lime mortar.
In 1367, after three centuries of its construction, this magnificent fort came into the hands of Vijayanagara rulers. When Golconda sultans attacked the capital city of Penukonda, Vijayanagara Emperor Rayas shifted the capital to this fort in Chandragiri city. Chandragiri fort and the surrounding city was the fourth capital of Vijayanagara Empire.
The heydays of the fort was during the reign of Vijayanagara emperor, Saluva Narasimha Rayalu. The most prominent Vijayanagara emperor, Srikrishna Devaraya, was confined to this fort, when he was the prince, till his coronation.
Chandragiri was annexed to Golkonda in 1646. Thereafter, it came under Mysore sultans. After 1792, this fort went into oblivion.
Raja Mahal Palace Archaeological Museum Inside Chandragiri Fort
The Raja Mahal Palace is now converted into an archaeological museum. It has a very large collection of stone and metal sculptures, dating as back as, to the 2nd B.C.
Bronze gallery has a large collection of coins, utensils, etc, dating back to the 10th century A.D. Idols of Hindu gods and goddess like Vishnu, Raman, Seetha, etc, are found in this gallery, along with other temple wares like bells, plates used for taking Aarti (Hindu religious ritual of worship).
The Museum also has a good collection of ancient armory like dragons, knifes, swords, head shields, etc, used during ancient days.
The stone gallery has many sculptress related to Hinduism, like Lord Shiva’s marriage to Parvathi, Lord Vishnu in seated posture, etc.
The model gallery has a collection of ancient coins, tools used during the Vijayanagara period.
There is a laser light show. Chandragiri fort sound and light show is in the evenings.
How Do I Go to Chandragiri Fort in Andhra Pradesh?
Chandragiri Fort in Andhra Pradesh is near to Tirupathi, the famous temple town. Chandragiri fort to Tirupati distance is around 15 kilometers. There are regular government bus services to the fort from Tirupathi bus terminal. It takes around 30- 40 minutes or a little longer, by bus.
Chandragiri railway station is the nearest railway station. 16 trains stops here. Its small railway station with just one platform. There is only a single railway line track in this route. Tirupati railway station is a nearby major railway station.
Renigunta Junction railway station is another major nearby railway station to the fort. This railway station’s code is RU. Renigunta town is at around 26 kilometers from the fort.
There is a small airport at Renigunta. The nearest major international airports are at Chennai and Bangalore, at around 160 and 240 kilometers distance, respectively.
Chandragiri Fort Timings
Chandragiri fort in Andhra pradesh state is open from 9 am to 5pm. The Fort is closed on Fridays.