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Vellore fort UPSC NOTE

 

  • Vellore Fort is a large 16th-century fort situated in heart of the Vellore city, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India built by the Emperors of Vijayanagara. 

  • The fort was at one time the imperial capital of the Aravidu Dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire. 

  • The fort is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry.

  • The fort's ownership passed from Emperors of Vijayanagara, to the Turko-Persian Bijapur sultans, to the Marathas, to the Carnatic Nawabs and finally to the British, who held the fort until India gained independence. 

  • The Indian government maintains the fort with the Archaeological Department. 

  • During British rule, the Tipu Sultan's family and the last King of Sri Lanka, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha were held as prisoners in the fort

  • It is also a witness to the massacre of the Vijayanagara royal family of Sriranga Raya. 

  • The fort houses the Jalakanteswarar Hindu temple, the Christian St. John's Church and a Muslim mosque

  • The first significant military rebellion against British rule, the Vellore Mutiny, erupted at this fort in 1806

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