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The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill. This historic fort was once the second capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Situated in Penukonda, the fort was previously known by the name Ghanagiri. After having studied the ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort, archaeologists have concluded that the fort was built Vira Virupanna Udaiyar's rule, the son of King-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. A huge idol of Lord Hanuman is placed inside the fort.
The 11-feet tall Penukonda Fort houses multiple mosques inside among with Sher Khan Mosque is the most important one. The Gagan Mahal, a palace inside the fort, was built back in the 16th century. Another Palace, 'Babayya Darga' was constructed to symbolise harmony between Hindus and Muslims.