The Story of Kittur Chennamma
Kittur is a small town in North Karnataka. It has historical relevance because of a great personality of pre Independence India was born in this place. Her name was Chennamma.
Rani Chennamma was married to King of Kittur - Raja Mallasraja. The queen was trained in horse riding, archery and sword fighting at an early age. This made her chivalrous and courageous. After the death of Raja Mallasraja, Chennamma adopted a son called Shivalingappa and made him the king. British East India Company refused to accept the succession. Rani Chennamma defied the order of the British and fought a fierce battle against them. Her aid in the battle was Sangoli Rayanna.
The queen Rani Chennamma was later captured by British and detained in the Baihangal Fort. She died on 21st February 1828.
Kittur Chennamma Fort lies on the Pune Bangalore highway. The fort is where Rani Chennamma had lived. A small telescope still lies in the fort which tells us the tale of Chennamma watching the Dhruva Nakshatra or Pole Start early in the morning. The fort is now an archaeology site which speaks history.
Rani Chennamma was born even before Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. She is the first person to start the war of independence against the British. She is a celebrity of Pre-independence era in her own right.