Molanguru Fort – An Ancient Kakatiyas Fort in Karimnagar Telangana
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Located at a distance of 13 km from Huzurabad, in the Kesavapatnam Mandal, the Molanguru fort in Mulanguru village (also known as Molangar) is another invincible bastion belonging to the Kakatiyan era. Built by Voragiri Miggaraju, a chief officer in the ranks of Kakatiya Prataprudra, the fort was built as an impenetrable bastion of power for the Kakatiyans.
Built on the road lying between the Elgandal fort and the Warangal Fort, the Molanguru fort is another one of those tourist places in Karimnagar which bears immense historical significance. It acted as a vital shield for the Kakatiya Kings against enemy ranks. Moreover its strategic location added to its advantage. The ramparts of the fort still bear the remnants of garrisons, stables and even palaces that speak volumes of its glorious past.
With the decline of the Kakatiyan dynasty, the glory of the fort also started to ebb. It was ultimately lost to the Muslim invaders and the ruined remnant of the royal Kakatiyans passed into the hands of the Mughals. Under the Muslim patronage the Molangshavalai Dargah and grave dedicated to the great Muslim saint Malang Shah Wali was constructed within the Fort’s exalted ramparts. The Dargah is located towards the entrance of the fort and is revered by both Hindus and Muslims alike. In fact the name of the Molangur village which was previously known as Mudugar, was changed to Mulangur to honor the great saint.
In addition to the Dargah, the temple also houses two frequently visited temples. Both of these are dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. One of them is known as Shivalayam and the other is known as Virbhadralayam. Within the fort’s premises, towards the foot of the hill on which the fort is located, tourists can also view a well known as Doodh Bawli (milky well) or the Well that contains milky water. This water it is said is white as milk and has great medicinal value. It is used for drinking as well as for curing diseases.
Karimnagar Tourism is a mixed bag of forts, palaces, temples and wildlife. The Molanguru fort is another unique addition in its motley collection that provides tourists with yet another insight into the unique character of the place.
– The Doodh Bawli at the foot of the hill along with the remaining relics found within the fort’s premises attracts tourists even today.
– The Molangur Fort is the prime attraction of the area. A visit to this historical site will help tourists to relive the glories of the bygone eras.
Nearby by Tourist Attractions:
– Elgandal Fort
– Lower Manair Dam
– Sri Rajarajeswara Swamy temple, Vemulawada, karimnagar
Molanguru Fort Timings: 9AM to 5PM. Open on all days.
Distance to Molanguru Fort Karimnagar:
– Distance from Huzurabad to Molanguru Fort is 13 Kms
– Distance from Jammukunta is 16 Kms
– Distance from Hyderabad is 182 Kms
– Distance from Warangal is 43 Kms
– Distance from Karimnagar is 30 Kms
Where to stay: Karimnagar provides a range of hotels, guest houses, lodges and tourist rest houses which provide comfortable accommodations for tourists. The accommodation facilities fit into every budget and are strategically located in order to provide tourists access to their preferred place of visit in Karimnagar.
Some of the Good Hotels in Karimnagar are:
– Swetha Inn – Ph 9676100333
– Hotel Manair – Ph 0878 2245879
– Srinivasa Hotel – Ph: 0878 2243201
– Hotel Kalpana – Ph 0878 650 3985
– Hotel Prathima Residency – Ph 0878 2233666
How to reach: Molangur can be reached from Karimnagar located at 30 km by road. State run buses ply between Molanguru and all major cities. Some of the major State run bus terminals are at Huzurabad, Karimnagar, Jammikunta and Peddapally.
Nearest Railway Station:
– Kazipet Jn Rail Way Station is major railway station 45 km near to Molangur.
– Karimnagar Railway station is another nearest railway station
Useful Contact Numbers:
– Karimnagar District Tourism Office – +91 9440816070
– State Tourism Department: 040-23450444