Tirupati Chandragiri Fort
Tirupati Chandragiri Fort History
Chandragiri is famous for the historical fort, built in the 11th Century and served as the headquarters of Narasimha Saluva in 1485. Chandragiri was the 4th capital of Vijayanagar Empire. Rayas shifted their capital to here when Golconda Sultans attacked Penugonda.
The crowing towers represents the Hindu architectural elements. The palace was constructed suing stone, brick, lime mortar and devoid of timber.
Chandragiri Fort Museum
The Raja Mahal palace is now an Archaeological museum, which houses a great collection of metal and stone sculptures dating back to 2nd BC. The museum can be categorized into Bronze Gallery, Stone Gallery, Model Gallery, and Yaganti Gallery.
Bronze Gallery hosts articrafts that were made out of Pancha Loha, a mixture of Copper, brass, white lead, silver and golden metals. The gallery hosts a collection of utensils, coins, temple ware, dating back to 10th century A.D. The highlights of the bronze collection are the bells, harathi plates, idols of Lord Vishnu, Navaneetha krishna, Sita and Ram, Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi, Veerbadra incarnation of Lord shiva with four hands. There is also a lion leg which is made out of Bronze.
There is also a collection of armory used in those days like Draggers, knifes, swords, head shields used in battle fields and iron chains.
The stone gallery has to its collection the Kalayana Sundara- Shiva’s marriage to Parvathi, Kala Bhairava, Sati, Alwar, Seated Vishnu and many more. There is also the ‘Shila Sasanam’ of those days.
The Model Gallery house Paleolithic Tool and Microlith Tools, Stucco heads and copper coins used in the times of Vijayanagara kingdom. There is also a peacock carved in wood dating back to 17th Century A.D
Tirupati Chandragiri Fort Visiting Hours
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm . Friday Holiday.
Admission fee: Adults – Rs.10 . Free entry for Children up to 15 years.
Photography prohibited inside museum. Photography allowed at fort premises.
Rest Room: Available on the west side of the museum
Wheel chair facility available.
How to reach Chandragiri Fort from Tirupati?
- A.P.S.R.T.C runs local buses from Tirupati and Chandragiri at a frequency of 30 mins.
- It takes 30 – 40 mins from Tirupati Central Bus station to Chandragiri Fort.
- Bus Route to Chandragiri Fort : Tirupati Central Bus station -> Tirupati Railway Station -> S.V.University Road -> Chandragiri.
- Buses to Chittoor, Pakala, Kanipakkam goes via Chandragiri Fort.
- 12 Km from Tirupati
Chandragiri Fort Laser Lighting Show Timings
First Show: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm in Telugu
Second Show: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm in English
First Show – 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm in Telugu
Second Show: 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm in English
Ticket Cost: Rs.30 for Adults and Rs.20 for Children
Entry after 6 pm for Sound & Light Show.
Chandragiri Fort Old and News Pics
Chandragiri Fort Laser Lighting Show
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