The city of Bellary is also known as ‘Balari’, a term which actually bears reference to Goddess Durugamma. Moreover, as per popular folklore, this place has several connections with the great epic of Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama first met Hanuman and Sugreeva in a nearby place named Hampi. The region has been ruled by several powerful dynasties like the Mauryas, Pallavas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and the Badami Chalukyas. Because of its strategic location, Bellary was the chosen land for emperors such as Aurangzeb, the Nizams and even the British to expand their empire. \n\nThe Vijayanagara kings constructed the ‘city of victory’ in Hampi along the banks of Tungabhadra River. After the decline of the Vijayanagara kingdom, the region was a victim of political turmoil till the British took control. The region was ruled by Haider Ali and then his son Tipu Sultan, who was later defeated by the British in the Third Anglo-British War. The Bellary Fort was termed as 1st class as per the classification of the British Administration, and it was here that the Nawab of Kurnool was confined from 1823 to 1864 as punishment for murdering his wife.
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