The History of Golconda Fort

Here's the detailed history of the Golconda fort.

The history of Golconda Fort goes far back in 13th century when the Kakatiya Kings build it. Far in the 16th century, it was the sole monarchy of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom that reigned on this majestic monument. The Golconda city during those times used to be the capital city of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom.

It was one of the most flourishing and royal cities in India. Golconda city was also home to few most powerful royal Muslim Sultans. It was famous for its diamond trade and was known as the major diamond capital market in the world. The Europeans were also attracted to this city for its flourishing diamond trade.

The history of Golconda goes far back to this century and also have a legendary tale associated with it. It is said that long ago, a shepherd who went grazing his sheeps on this hill came across an idol. It was then the Hindu Kakatiya dynasty rulers build a mud fort around the idol. This mud fort was built on a granite hill and was surrounded by huge broken barricades.

The Kakatiya dynasty ruled the area in the year 1143, which was later captured by the Islamic Bahmani Sultanat. The city and the fort gain its importance only after the fall of the Islamic Bahmani Sultanat and the reign of the Qutub Shahi Kings.

The Qutub Shahi rulers then converted the mud fort into a massive fortress, and thus making it one of the prime forts in India. The old mud fort was extensively grown and expanded into a huge granite art work. Golconda thus became the capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty and thus one of the major cities in India. It also became the major point for the Shai Islam in India and thus many royal sultanates immigrated to this city making it their royal residence.

Golconda famous for its diamond mines became the major business capital then in the Qutub Shahi Dynasty and stayed firm for the next 97 years. The year 1687 witnessed the collapse of the Qutub Shahi Dyanasty in the hands of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is said that this conquest saw huge levels of treachery and betrayal. The fort was vastly looted of all its richness by the Mughal. Thus remains the ruins of the fort which has been converted into a tourist site by restoring most of the structure, and turning it in to one of the prime tourist's attractions in India.


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