Molangur fort is situated in Mulanguru village also called Molangur, Shankarapatnam Mandal, Karimnagar district, Telangana. It is said that this fort belonged to Kakatiya Dynasty. The Fort had been located in a Mulanguru village that is around 13 km away from the town of Huzurabad.
The fort was constructed on a hill by Voragiri Moggaraju, one of the chief officers of Prathapa Rudra of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Even it was constructed as a transit halt for Kakatiyas while traveling from Warangal fort to Elgandal fort in Karimnagar. The fort had been the powerful and unbeatable shield against the cannons and the other weapons of the enemies of the Kakatiyas. The location of the fort added to the defense in the wars.
Furthermore, the fort is built on a granite hill that made it difficult to climb for anyone on any side. On the way to the top of the hill, something is carved on the rocks and mentions that there are two ways to the fort. At the entrance of the fort, there is a small Dargah on the way, the Dargah of Molang Shah Wali, who was a Muslim saint.
It is said that the original name of the village was Mudugar and it has been renamed Molangur after the name of the Muslim saint Molang Shah Wali. Apart from Dargah, the fort also has two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Additionally, there is a beautiful tank on the fort also on its foothills along with a well called Doodh Bowli which means milky well.
The evidence is shown in previous years, that the fort still has the leftover pieces of the troops, and war there. The ruined walls, gates, bastions, sculptures, and other things are still there and attract visitors.
Rampant granite quest operations in the surrounding area of the historic Molangur Fort built by Kakatiya Kings in Shankarpatnam Mandal are taking a heavy toll on the structure. This fort is listed as a protected site by the Archaeological Department, the fort was constructed on a hillock by Voragiri Moggaraju, one of the chief officers of Prathapa Rudra of the Kakatiya dynasty.
Time has taken a heavy toll on the fort which is damaged by granite quest. Several monuments and pre-historic buildings inside the fort have also been destroyed. Molangur sarpanch Tirupathaiah said that the blasting happened for quarrying granite and damaged the fort. There was severe sound due to uncontrolled granite quarrying. Even the locals were also started falling sick due to the dust raised by the quarrying.
The fort is located between the Elgandal fort and the Warangal Fort and still attracts visitors. The tourists may still see the leftover marks of forces, stables, and even palaces on the premises of the fort that tells of the residents of the fort and their lifestyles. Later on, the unbeatable fort was finally captured by the Mughals.
Mughals also contributed to the architecture of the fort by building the Molangshavalai Dargah and a grave dedicated to the great Muslim saint Malang Shah Wali inside the fort. The dargah had been located at the entrance of the fort. It is visited by both Hindus and Muslims.
How to reach: Travel Options
Therefore, the fort is 13 kilometers away from Huzurabad and 16 kilometers away from Jammikunta railway station. The distance from Karimnagar is 30 km by road and can be reached by the government state buses from Molangur. Towns from where the buses can be available are Huzurabad, Karimnagar, Jammikunta, and Peddapally. Also, the nearest railway is the Kazipet Junction Rail Way Station. It is about 45 km near away from Molangur. And another nearest railway station is the Karimnagar Railway station.