Elgandal Fort | Know The History Facts

Elgandal, originally named Velagandula, boasts a rich history rooted in its hillfort built during the Kakatiya dynasty (1083-1323). This stronghold served as a bastion for the brave Musunuri Nayak warriors.  In the 16th century, the Qutb Shahi dynasty seized control, appointing Quinam Ul Mulk as commander. The fort later transitioned into the administrative sphere of the Mughal Empire. During the Nizam of Hyderabad Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I’s reign (r. 1724-1748), Amin Khan became the Khiledar (fort commander) of Elgandal, followed by Muqarrab Khan.  

Mirza Ibrahim Dhamsa, under Nawab Salabat Jung,  significantly rebuilt and fortified the structure in 1754. Dhamsa’s legacy also includes a protective moat, remarkably 5 metres wide and 4 metres deep, filled with crocodiles to deter invaders. 

Later Khiledars, Bahadur Khan and Karimuddin,  left their mark, with Karimnagar ultimately being named after Karimuddin. 

In 1905, the Sixth Nizam, Mahbub Ali Khan, reorganised the districts and moved the headquarters from Elgandal to Karimnagar.

It is also called as Bahudhanyapuram Fort.

The historical village of Elagndal is located 15 km from Karimnagar on the Sircilla Road.

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