The fort at Gingee (also known as Chinji or Jinji) in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few surviving forts in Tamil Nadu. It lies in Villupuram district, 160 kms from Chennai, and is close to the union territory of Pondicherry. So well fortified was this place that Shivaji ranked it as the "most impregnable fortress in India" and the British called it the "Troy of the East".
It was originally built as a small fort by the Chola dynasty in 9th century AD. The Vijayanagar Empire modified it in the 13th century and it became an unconquerable citadel that protected the small town of Gingee.
I really love the graffiti. It just shows what perseverance some people have. Imagine taking paint and brushes up a steep rock face. (Itís a trek that lasts the good part of two hours.) Then imagine having the tenacity to do some marvelous calligraphy. Wow!
If only these misguided idiots would spend the time cleaning up the plastic and other rubbish that other idiots like them leave at this magnificence site...
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phwall (6785) 2008-09-29 15:56
Welcome back, it's been too long an absence.
Interesting note to go with this interesting image.
I like the earthy tones.
What on earth motivates people to deface such an historic building with such mindless vandalism, flogging would be too good for them.
rajhema (1873) 2010-04-25 9:40
its unfortunate to see the grafitis in this structure. should have been preserved as India's pride. Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Sridhar Rao Chaganti (SridharRao75) (280)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 30 D, TAMRON AF 17-50mm F/2.8 Aspherical
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-29 6:59