While I scaled the Rock Fort without much trouble I never noticed its historical importance. Pointing towards Main guard gate, the identifiable remains of fort; my uncle said ‘the fort of Rani Mangamma‘ his chest bulged in pride I became curious. (Now I wonder what this is country, through the eyes of women? one which has accepted women rulers by 17th century – a pioneer in woman empowerment or a molestation arena)
With my interest dragging me to know more about the fort I went thru few page in Wikipedia about the fort and its rulers & dynasties. When I realized this fort has seen raise and fall of a much as 6 empires I was nothing but astonished. There are many structures inside the fort portraying the architecture of various dynasty. Archaeological survey had unearthed that this rock was once occupied by Jain saint even before any Kingdom build a fort around it.
|Main Guard Gate|
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort
|Very old image showing a near perfect Cantonment|
Above is the image that I found as described by my uncle, who happens to live inside the once cantonment town. “Thattu thatta veedu irukum” – Colony built on various levels with increasing heights.
He added that Birla group once mounted high power lamps on various locations in the rock, so that at night the whole setup would glow like gold. I googled and found a rough image of it for your delight. See you with another Historical Travelog.