Most of the structures, fortification walls and temples were built during this period. The fortifications
and defenses were further strengthened under chatrapati shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, was captured Gingee in 1677 A. D.
Gingee came under the hegemony of the Moghul emperor Aurangazeb in 1691 A. D., and sarup singh was appointed as the chief of
Gingee by the emperor, under the control of the Nawab of Arcot.
Sarup Singhs son. Raja De singh, revolted against the Nawab of Arcot, and was defeated and killed in the
war that followed. Though Gingee became a part of the Nawabs territory in 1714 A. D . the young and courageous De Singh
became a legend and his heroic deeds were sung in the form of popular ballads. Thus Gingee too became quite well known.
In 1750 A. D., Gingee came under the French rule and remained so till it was surrendered to the British in 1761
GINGEE today, with its ruined forts, temples and granaries, presents a different picture from the glorious splendor
of its bygone days. But the remains of that valorous past, speak volumes about the numerous invasions, warfare and bravery
that it witnessed. We invite you to this land of the brave and mighty, to witness a glorious past that still lives in the
ruins of the GINGEE fort.
Gingee is known as GINGEE in Tamil. The small town of GINGEE was once a capital city,
With its province extending from Nellore in the north to the Coleroon (Kollidam) in the south.
According to local legend, GINGEE Amman, was one of the seven virgins who were the guardian deities of the Village.
Legend has it that at around 1200 A. D. , GINGEE was fortified by Ananda Kone, chief of the local shepherd community.
In 1240 A. D. Krishna Kone . His successor is said to have fortified the northern hill which later came to be known as
krishnagiri.The kone dynasty gave way to the kurumbars, who established their headquarters at Sendamangalam,which later
came under the powerful Chola empire. Recorded history goes back to the 16th century, when Gingee (GINGEE) became the seat
of the Nayaka rulers, who were under the lordship of the expanding Vijayanagar empire. Krishnadevaraya appointed Krishnappa
Nayaka, and he was considered the founder of the Nayaka line of Gingee.