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Bellary, a historic city of Goddess Durga


KARNATAKA, OCT 18, (UITV): Bellary (Ballari), a historic city, gets its name from ‘Balari’, which is a name for Goddess Durga. There is another legends and folklore that suggest that the name was derived from Indra when he slew a demon Balla.Bellary also gets its mention during the rule of dynasties like Satavahanas, Kadambas, Kalachuryas. The city with its headquarters is mainly spread around two granite hills. The hills are called Ballari Gudda or Fort Hill and Kumbara Gudda or Face Hill.The former is the second largest monolithic hill in the world. Apart from a rich history, the place also has rich mineral resources that include both metallic and non-metallic.

Bellary is known for its rich history and strong connection with Hindu mythology. The place includes a number of temples and some buildings that make it a huge attraction for history lovers.

Bellary Fort is a historical site with more than 3000 years of history. It was constructed at the time of Vijayanagar Empire by Hanumappa Nayaka. The fort was captured by Hyder Ali back in 1769 and was then remodelled by a French engineer. The fort is situated at the Ballari Gudda hilltop.

One of the major reasons for its attraction is the fort being built on a monolithic rock. The fort is divided into Upper and Lower fort. It is a polygonal fort with only one entrance. There is a citadel of 1976 ft. and includes structures like pools, cisterns, temple and cells. The tunnel is believed to have link to the cities of Sriragapatna and Mysore. The top can be reached with a single rocky way.