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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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