DISTRICT DIARY

Raichur, or Rachavoor: Rich in history

The name of this place which is of considerable antiquity, can be traced back to the 12th century.

As  P B Desai has pointed out, the Raichur fortress was one of the fortresses conquered by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana. This is evident from at least three of the Hoysala inscriptions in Kannada.

In the earliest of these three inscriptions which was found at Hulkera in Belur taluk of Hassan district (numbered Belur 193 in Epigraphyia Carnatica, Vol V, PartI, 1902) and which belong to the year 1161 A D and the region of Hoysala Narasimha I, mention is made of the Perddore (the Krishna river) as the northern boundary of Vishnuvardhana’s kingdom and Rachavoor as one of the places conquered by Vishnuvardhana while still a youth.

The district of Raichur was a part of the Hyderabad state. This continued till the re-organisation of states on  November 1, 1956.

The recorded history of the district is traced to as far back as the third century B C.
The fact that three minor rock edicts of Ashoka are found in this district, one at Maski in Lingasugur taluk and the other two near Koppal, prove that this area was included in the dominions of the great Mauryan king Ashoka (273 - 236 B C).

Source: raichur.nic.in

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