way of Pondicherry Gingee Fort
When we move across the
pathway in the East, we can see the gate with mandapa facing Pondicherry.
So this gateway got its name as "Gateway of Pondicherry" In front of Pondicherry
Gate entrance at Eastern side (North facing gate entrance of top portion
The Persian inscription is found and its translate in English)
"'The Exalted Khan Saddatulah
Khan, upon whom be multiplied the blessing of Haider, Captured the fort
of Gingee by the favors of incomparable almighty Ghulam Ali discovered
date for it. Islam Expelled infidelity 1125 HIJRI (1712 A.D. - 1713 A.D.)"
Gingee Fort also known
as Chenji or Jinji in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few surviving forts
in Tamil Nadu, India, which is more popular for its temples than forts.
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)