Ausa Fort, Latur Overview

Ausa fort in Latur district is one such fort that has a blurred history of itself. Ausa Fort’s prominence came to light during the fights between the Deccan Sultanates after the Bahamani Era. The Fort had been named 13 different names, but the name Ausa was the last one that it is now known by. The fort is located in a depressed ground level, and the highest point of the fort looks over the surrounding higher ground level. The design seems to have been useful to watch out for incoming armies from a greater distance while keeping most of the fort hidden.

The Fort is designed in a nearly square form with a double rampart mounted with Turkish engineered cannons over semicircular bases, and the whole fort is in the centre with almost 120 feet wide ditches surrounding it. The Fort has seen numerous modifications from its original form thus unintendedly becoming a design collaboration of the Hindu and Muslim architecture over the years of its occupancy. Among the surviving Inscriptions that are mostly in an unreadable condition, one of the Nilgiri inscription dates to the year 1529. The Ausa Fort happens to have a patchy History that needs discovery.

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