Khammam Fort represents an amalgamation of both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences. This medieval temple has also recently celebrated 1000 years of its construction. Khammam district is rich in coal deposits and forest reserves.
Location of Khammam Fort
Khammam Fort is situated on top of the Stambhadri hill. The fortress was founded around 950 AD in the district of Khammam in Andhra Pradesh state. Khammam town was one of the administrative headquarters of the Kakatiyas of Warangal.
Khammam Fort or Khammam Quila was situated at the centre of the town. Later the structure was expanded and developed during the rule of the Velama rulers and Musunuri Nayaks (Padmanayaka Velamas).
The Qutb Shahi dynasty, a Turkman Muslim clan, made further additions to the Khammam Fort and also developed other parts of the territory.
Architecture of Khammam Fort
The architecture of Khammam Fort or Khammam Quila shows both Muslim architecture and Hindu architectural influences. There are several mandapas and temples inside the building. These temples include tall pillars that were built from stones.
This fort was built with granite and has an area of around 4 square kilometres. This old fort has 10 endpoints. And it has a Masjid or mosque and Mahal (palace) including Ashoor Khanas, who built and renovated by Nawab Shoukat Jung Hussam Ud Doulah and his son Nawab Kazim Jung and grand son Nawab Mohd Shabbir Hussain Khan Azm. Every year celebrations are being done in the name of "Stambhadri Sambaralu".
At present the Khammam Fort is maintained by the archaeology department of the Government of India. It has been developed as a tourist destination and is now open to all visitors.
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