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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.Add Gingee Fort and other attractions to your Viluppuram District trip itinerary using our Viluppuram District trip generator.
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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Gingee Fort /Rajagiri Fort - One of the best forts i have seen so far. we went in a cloudy atmosphere and it was just perfect. enjoyed the trek. the trek takes on an avg of 3hrs including photography. you might wanna carry food and water.
People who are into trekking and want to see beautiful view of the places near by. I recommend not to wear sports shoes while you plan to Trek this place. Nothing much see when you reach the top as all as do take money from you for parking and see the fort, but when you reach the top all you can the ruins of the fort which is quite heart breaking. PS: Please carry water bottle with you.
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Very nice place.. as you all said, please carry enough food and water.. and not good at summer.. but many have said two hours is enough to see the place.. I think we can spend half day or more I should say it's not well maintained..
Nice and silent place to visit. Nothing is there except some old fort but you can enjoy trekking the stairs and the peaceful environment. Better not to visit in hot days or go in early morning.
Awesome view.. But a very long climb.. And it's really hot..
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