Described by the celebrated historian W.W.Hunter : Potagarh or the Burried Fort of Ganjam

POTAGADA (BURRIED FORT OF GANJAM)

Potagarh is a historical place which was  occupied by Britishers in the 18th Century. Situated close to river Rusikulya, the fort is surrounded by a moat. The remnants of majestic fort houses and a buried tunnel specks, the melody of glorious past of Ganjam city, which was cursed by a dreadful epidemic plague in the year 1815 AD. Potagarh or the “burried fort” is named as such since it is burried. The fort of Potagarh is described by the celebrated historian W.W.Hunter having towers in the star angles except in the east front where there is a large gateway, the walls neither under 18 nor above 22 feet in height and a ditch running in three sides in many parts with deep water and in the fourth side defended by a thick wood which runs to 150 yards from the walls”. Potagarh tells many stories of horror relating to the wrath of the fort-goddess on the ancient place of Ganjam and the escape of the king through the secret passage into the Bay of Bengal by a boat at the time of attack. The place attracts everyone, it’s best geographical location close to the confluence of location close to the confluence of river Rusikulya with Bay of Bengal, it’s often opted as a picnic spot too.


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