Sunday, March 4, 2007


Daulatabad (Marathi दौलताबाद; from Persian دولت‌آباد meaning either "Built by the Government" or “City of Prosperity”, depending on the source), is now a village, based around the former city of the same name. It is in Maharashtra, India, about 20 miles northwest of Aurangabad.

Fort of Devagiri
The area of the city includes the hill-fortress of Devagiri (Marathi देवगिरी) (sometimes Latinised to Deogiri). It stands on a conical hill, about 200 meters high. Much of the lower slopes of the hill has been cut away by Yadava dynasty rulers to leave 50 meter vertical sides to improve defences. The fort is a place of extraordinary strength. The only means of access to the summit is by a narrow bridge, with passage for not more than two people abreast, and a long gallery, excavated in the rock, which has for the most part a very gradual upward slope.

About midway along this gallery, the access gallery has steep stairs, the top of which is covered by a grating destined in time of war to form the hearth of a huge fire kept burning by the garrison above. At the summit, and at intervals on the slope, are specimens of massive old cannon facing out over the surrounding countryside.

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