Adoni – A hidden gem off the highway

Adoni was known as “Chota Bombay” during the British Raj days because it was a bustling market hub for cotton,grains and textiles.

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Though the town itself is not very interesting, but a few kilometers drive away from the town is an amazing conglomeration of fort ruins, hill top shrines, dargahs and caves.

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There were hardly any tourists around except for a few visitors to the Anjaneya Temple. Of course, there was the shepherd boy to keep me company,

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On every turn or bend in this rocky terrain I stumbled on to a shrine or a dargah.

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Adoni Fort was controlled by the Vijayanagar Kings for some decades then it was taken over by Bijapur Shahs – later by Nizams, Mughals and finally by the British.

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It was so hot and dry that day I cooled off near a shady temple pond – and I tried my hand at bird shooting.

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There were hill top shrines all around – for Shiva, for Yellamma, for Hanuman ..

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There were caves and nooks used by mendicants and sadhus..

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There are several Temple ruins from the Vijayanagar period…

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Archaeological  Survey of India guys are piecing together the history of this region – slowly and painstakingly..

How was this sculpted to pefection? – I wondered..

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I didn’t get enough time to scout around this place thoroughly – may be I will return soon…

and the Adoni folks seemed to agree with me…

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