Tam: கிருஷ்ணகிரி kiruṣṇakiri

‘Krishna Hill’   City/District, Tamil Nadu

From Krishnadevarayar and Skt: giri, ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, ‘rock’

Krishnagiri Fort was built by Krishnadevarayar, a 16thC Vijayanagara Emperor.

He reigned from 1509 to 1529 when the Empire was at its peak (the largest in India at that time). This has given him iconic status as a Hindu ruler, a victor in many battles against the Empire’s enemies and South India’s greatest ever king.

Krishnagiri Fort sits on top of a bald rocky mound, making access and attack extremely difficult: the British tried and failed twice (1767 and 1791).

The town is called the ‘Mango Capital of India’: it produces 300,000 tonnes annually for local processing and export.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Tamil Nadu place names.


The ruins of Krishnagiri Fort and Temple             Sakthibalan


Krishnadevaraya statue at Srikakulam (Krishna District, Tamil Nadu)         Srikar Kashyap