Location of Devarakonda Fort
Devarakonda Fort acted as a prominent fortified defensive structure of the rulers of Recherla Velama dynasty. It was built in the 14th century by the Velama Kings. The territory of Devarakonda was developed by the Padma Nayaka Velama rulers. The fortress was controlled by the ruling family from 1287 AD to 1482 AD. It is located around 115 km from Hyderabad and the geographical coordinates are latitude 16.7000 degree North and longitude 78.9333 degree east. The fortress is bounded by seven hills.
History of Devarakonda Fort
The prosperous kingdom of Devaraknoda was established by the Padma Nayaka Veluma Rajas. From that time, Devarakonda Fort became an autonomously ruled palace and they reigned supreme from 1287 to 1482 A.D. with much pomp and power. The Second Maada Naidu is the eight kings of these Padma Nayaka lineages. The Second Maada Naidu was a man of vitality. He was not only a great soldier winning many battles in the battlefield but also an eminent educationalist. He was a man of benevolence for his people as a self-reliant ruler and a compassionate human being. He was a staunch believer of Hinduism and built many temples in his regime giving a cultural heritage to Deveraknoda region. Some of the temples he built are the Umamaheshwara temple in Srishailam that were restructured later and he was the person behind the construction of the steps to the Patala Ganga, the famous pilgrim spot in Srishailam, This way Maada Naidu took an active part in restoring the historical significance of his kingdom. It was during his prosperous regime that Deveraknoda gained prominence in Indian tourist map.
Devarakonda Fort includes various other architectural structures in the vicinity. There are temples of Lord Rama and Lord Shiva inside the Devarakonda Fort. Moreover there is a small lake in the precincts of the fortress as well.
Devarakonda Fort lies in ruins at present. This fort of early medieval era is maintained by the Government of India and is now open to tourists and visitors. It is well connected with the regions of Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar, Srisailam, Miryalguda, Nagarjuna Sagar and Nalgonda District.