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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  • Start with Rajagiri, ascension is long but dotted with points of interest. Keep your ticket, it will allow you access to Krishnagiri. Attention, the sign "Beware of Monkeys" is not there to decorate, bring you a piece of wood as soon as possible and keep the. Avoid to bring food on the spot and especially eating, the smell will attract them. Ascension of Krishnagiri, less high, is much more technical and difficult, steep, irregular markets. The site is amazing is worth a visit, doable in a full day since Pondy. The climb is closed at 3 pm so come early (9-10 pm) If you have the 2.
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  • visited on 15.12.17. we climbed krishna giri first. it took 90 + 30 min to ascend and descend. rajagiri jus took 45+20 min. third one we did nt climb. may be someother day. plan for food and water . f...  more »
  • We climbed up to the fort at midday which probably wasn't the best idea considering the heat. In hindsight, we would probably have started about 9-10 am. There are several hundred steps, some uneven a...  more »
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  • Best place for tracing liking people. Old persons cannot do it. Take water, energy drink and food in a back pack. Evening monkey will return. Queens fort takes more than half a day. Kings fort takes three hrs. Kids should be taken care. Entry fee 15 per person. No toilet facility. Avoid hot days. Avoid rainy seasons. Good place for best photoshoot.
  • A must visit place to know How our Tamil Kings history. Gingee fort should be well maintained to preserve its historical importance. But tamilnadu govt doesn't seems to take care of this. Before you go to Gingee fort place get some Water/ Cool Drinks / Snacks from Gingee Bus stand packed in as you won't find any shops inside or nearby. It is bit hard during summer to claim the mountain, if you're with friends , then sure it would be a fun filled trip. You'll see Monkeys everywhere chasing you to grab your food items . So be careful with that. Here are some photos that i took when i went to Gingee with my friends in 2012 / 2013.
  • Wonderful experience. Don't let the looks fool you. It's easily climbable. Just 460 steps. There are lots of monkeys too.
  • Beautiful place around Gingeefort. Super place to spend in a peaceful park. Its best visiting place for family with kids. One of the finest maintanence done here by officials.
  • I have been to this place from Chennai on bikes with friends. It was good place to visit with family like picnics n day outs. But u hv to walk, climb lot. So it's better to carry water n eatables. And winter will be d best time to visit as u can't tolerate sun in summer. It will be too hot. And be aware of monkeys.

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