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Hobli and Village
|Founded by||Kempegowda I|
|• Body||Grama panchayat|
|• Total||4 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|• Density||240/km2 (620/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||ka 06|
Huthridurga is situated about 65 km west of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka, in Kunigal taluk, Tumakuru district. It is situated off the Kunigal-Magadi state highway (SH94), at a distance of about 7 km from it and 10 km from the Anchepalya industrial area on the Bengaluru-Mangalore National Highway (India) - NH48 near Kunigal.
It was built by Kempegowda in the 16th century. Ruined fortifications are still visible on the two hillocks surrounding the village. Historically, Huthridurga Fort was the military bastion of Tipu Sultan against British, which was conquered by the latter in 1791. It is believed to have been a seven tiered fort and is considered one among the nine "Durgas" (fortified hills) around Bengaluru ("Nava Durgas"). It has a small temple dedicated to Shiva known as the Shakareshwara temple, a Nandi idol on the top of the hill and an Anjaneya temple, midway. Aadi Narayanaswamy and Veerabhadra temples are situated in the village. The Pooja to the deity is done only on Mondays and Fridays.
It is a popular day trek for enthusiasts and is located close to the state capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru. It saw use as a center of administration during summer and there are structures that housed the war commander, soldiers and a stone umbrella that is said to have been used by Kempegowda himself. Wildlife includes a diversity of insects, birds and mammals, including bear, leopard and wild boar. It is a place of historical and tourist interest. As available infrastructure is basic, there have been discussions about initiating work to build a museum to showcase Kempegowda particularly as it is the only place that has monuments connected personally to the founder of Bengaluru. There have also been demands to improve public transport services to this hobli cum village.
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- "Navadurgas garland of 9 forts - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
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