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Gingee Fort, Gingee

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Gingee Fort also known as Chenji or Jinji or Senchi in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few surviving forts in Tamil Nadu, India. It lies in Villupuram District,160 kilometres (99 mi) from the state capital, 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 it was called the "Troy of the East" by the British.

The nearest town with a railway station is Tindivanam and the nearest airport is Chennai (Madras)-150 kilometres (93 mi)

==Etymology ==senji fort was builted by the king of senji's ananda kone

The actual name of Gingee is 'Sengiri' meaning perhaps the "Red Hill" in Tamil that has got corrupted into Gingee. Some say that the name Sengiri originated from 'Sanjeevi' the hill mentioned in Ramayana from where Hanuman got the life saving herb, the Sanjeevini Booti for Lakshmana when he was lying unconscious during the war between Rama and Ravana. The Sanjeevi herb is the panacea of Indian mythology. It has been explained as the combination of two roots, Sam (pleasure) and Ji (life). The name has also been traced to Singavaram the neighbouring Vaishnavite shrine, whose lord is considered the guardian deity of the place.

The local tradition has another explanation to offer. The legend runs that seven virgin sisters once lived here and one of them was known as Senjiamman. Their modesty was threatened with the possibility of violation of their chastity. Even though a valiant man named Thadikara Virappan rescued them from danger, they could not survive the insult and so committed suicide. Their spirits are even now believed to be haunting the place and considered the genii loci. Each of the sisters has got her own little shrine still existing and attracts votaries from the neighbourhood. It is very probable that Senjiamman who is worshipped on top of one of the hills gave her name to the particular hill and this afterwards came to be the common designation of the whole circle of hills and villages below.

Another of the sisters, Kamalakanniamman, has a shrine dedicated to her at the base of Rajgiri, which, on certain days in the year attracts a great number of worshippers. This hill was originally known after the goddess as Kamalagiri. Gingee also had an earlier name known as Krishnapura. This name was possibly given to it by its first ruling dynasty that were of shepherd class and whose tutelary deity was Lord Krishna. However, it is possible that it might have received the name from its powerful ruler, Krishnappa Nayak.
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  • If you really want to climb the hill then climb...it s quite difficult...many monkeys are present..I saw a video in youtube which was very helpful for the trip... the title of the video was "Trip to G...  more »
  • Gingee Fort is an amazing historic Fort that saw many many kings conquer it, defend it for years. This vast Fort is spread across over 14 sq.km area and has 3 main forts looking at each other. We clim...  more »
  • What an amazing experience to do so. just WOW fly over between this two beautiful Kings & Queens forts.  more »
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  • Don't prefer to visit during summer. Carry enough food, snacks, water, etc. There is no shops nearby. Huge number of wild monkeys roaming freely on the way. Scary while claiming steep steps. Not crowded; lonely place. Not feeling safe. So claim along with some other family or make sue you are surrounded with other people. This is one among other forts surrounded. Keep enough energy to visit all the places. This place is maintained by archeology department. There is small entry fee applicable (Rs.5/- per person) Camera's are allowed. Breadth taking views awaiting on top of the fort. Many temples are in ruined state. Will be very interesting to the people who loves architecture. The complete hill is junk of rocks. Not sure how huge structure was built on top of this rocky hill. amazing. Not recommended for family with small kids.
  • This is a 9th century fort known as "Troy of the East" by the British. This is a great place to hang out for a day. If you are in to hiking or trekking this is the place to visit. We decided not to climb to the top when we visited as it was very hot and we had kids with us.
  • Good place for a one day outing... Try reaching in the afternoon by about 3. So that you get good evening sunlight photographs as well as wont get tired in the sun. Rememebr rajagiri fort entry closes at 3. So only one fort can be covered if you plan an afternoon trip.
  • It takes time to climb to the top of the fort but there one can get a wonderful view of the surrounding places. Not recommended for people who do not like to visit traditional places or for those who do not like walking as the real essence of this fort is in climbing up the steps to the top.
  • Amazing place for a early morning exploration. Has 3 forts that can be climbed. The krishnagiri and raja giri are the best. Has history dating back to the Chola dynasty.