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Fort, Channagiri

DISTRICT: Davangere;
TALUK: Channagiri
LOCALITY: Chennagiri (Lat. 14° 01' N; Long. 75° 56' E)
BUS STATION: Chennagiri

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Built in 1770 AD, the hill fort of Channagiri is located to the west of the present Channagiri town. The layout comprises of two masonry walls set in mud mortar defended by moats. The main gate is towards the north, where the gradient is lowest. Roughly oval in shape, the fort wall is punctuated with seven bastions and two circular watch towers. At the top is a natural depression and the rain water collected here forms the source of water. Towards the northeast, is a rock-cut pond with stone steps. The 136.50 m area available at the top has several basements of secular structures. There is 18th Century temple housing an image of Vishnu holding chakra, sankha, bow and arrow as 'Bete-Ranganatha Swamy'.  To its south-west is a small shrine dedicated to Bhutappa which contains the head of the god whose tongue projects out of his mouth.