Kavaledurga is a grand fortification situated on a slope at an altitude of 1541 meters. Among the numerous fortresses of Karnataka, one that can’t be missed is Kavaledurga in Shimoga district.There are intriguing stories and tales labeling this post numerous sanctuaries of different gods. As indicated by Hindu legends, this spot is called as Parashuram Kshetra and was well known in Krita Yuga. In Treta yuga sage Agastya and Valmiki had remained here. In Dvapara Yuga there are legends which tells that the Pandavas had remained at this spot for some time. Bhuvanagiri durga is likewise referenced in the Skanda Purana by the name Kavya vana and Kapila durga.
An enormous stronghold was built at Kavaledurga around ninth century advertisement, which gloats of lovely engineering and extraordinary development plans around then. This post lying in the midst of the green mountain ranges. This fortification is around 8 Km in outline and had post dividers which were 30 to 40 foot with watch towers at chosen spots. This stronghold had 2 kinds of barriers with 2 line of fortress encompassing the town underneath the post and 5 line of stronghold encompassing the fortification. The town fortress is no more however can be seen at scarcely any chose spots.
This Fort is demolished to an enormous degree and what remain are two posts and the Mylaareshwara sanctum. There were 15 temples of which just three temples are noticeable today are Sri Lakshmi Narayana, Kashi Vishwanatha and Shikareshwara The remaining parts of the ones amazing and wonderful imperial royal residence with Darbar corridor returns us to past. We can likewise observe the remaining parts of the Jail, Ammunition house, pools, Ghalige Battalu (An antiquated copper pot utilized for time estimating before the appearance of current timekeepers and watches) and the Royal pony and elephant stable.
The eminent Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The fourth entryway of the Kavaledurga Fort opens into a wide field dabbed with various vestiges of which the Kashi Vishwanath Temple still holds its brilliance. Two transcending columns stand apathetically in its yard prompting the sanctuary that exhibits the brightness of sanctuary engineering, during the rule of the Keladi lords. Showing straightforwardness and elegance in execution and ornamentation, the sanctuary has carvings of outfitted warriors, three-headed winged creatures, winds, the sun, the moon, and elephants on the external divider.
Relics of an overlooked time
Deserting the sanctuary complex and strolling towards the summit, one runs over a few ventured wells cut on the slope slants. Stone relics lie dispersed on the ground – a statue of Nandi apparently from the sanctuary, a messed up tub and a few utility things cut out of stone. As one ascension higher, the nearness of the wilderness turns out to be unmistakable, with the pathway additionally vanishing underneath a rug of grass, until one goes over the vestiges of the royal residence.
Ruins of a palace in the fort
Ongoing unearthing has uncovered the remnants of a castle in the fortification. Despite the fact that solitary the plinth endures, it all things considered gives a thought of the design as one can recognize the principle corridor where court probably been held, a washroom, and the kitchen where expand suppers would have been set up for sovereignty. A few columns that would have bolstered the royal residence currently lay on the plinth apparently lost without the superstructure. Behind the royal residence, a stepwell with a curious T-shape likewise endures – a demonstration of the water stockpiling and the executive’s procedures utilized in the former times.
These structures have just been begun to disintegrate because of the consistent change in the climate conditions, which may break up totally without deserting any hint for the future generation. This is where Axesmap’s #DigitalHeritage project comes into picture by digitalizing the Kavaledurga fort. It includes Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Nandi statue and Ruins by taking the photos of these noteworthy landmarks or statues on every side and changing over them into 3D models. These computerized models can be transferable or distributed for future generation to take a gander at these spots.