Penukonda Fort, located 70-kms from Anantapur on the Kurnool-Bangalore road is
one of the major tourist attractions of Andhra Pradesh.
Penukonda means a big hill. Historical records
state that Penukonda, known as "Ghanagiri" or "Ghanadri", was
the second capital to the Vijayanagar kings. It is evident from ancient
inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort was built during the reign of Vira
Virupanna Udaiyar, the son of king-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. The fort's
architectural style and sculptures is a standing testimony to the skilled
workmanship present during the Vijayanagar rule.
A huge idol of Lord Hanuman, which is about 11
feet high, can be seen at the 'Yerramanchi' gate which is the main entrance of
the fort. The most important mosque is the 'Sher Khan...
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