Krantiveer Sangolli Rayanna memorial Nandgad

Krantiveer Sangolli Rayanna was the army chief of the Kingdom of Kittur ruled at the time by Rani Chennamma and fought the British East India Company till his death.

Bella Vista Belagavi

Krantiveer Rayanna was executed by hanging to death from a Banyan tree about 3 kilometers from Nandagad village in Belagavi district on 26th Jan 1831. (Born 15 August 1798).
The place where he was hanged has a small temple built near the huge banyan tree which is amidst fields away from the city.rayanna_nandgad

Rayanna’s mortal remains were buried at Nandagad. Legend says that a close associate of Rayanna planted a Banyan sapling on his grave. Unlike the usual 6 foot grave, Rayanna’s grave is 8 feet long because Rayanna was tall – more than 7 feet. The tree is fully grown and stands to this day. An Ashoka Stambha was installed near the tree.

A custom also exists where women and childless couples ask mannat (wish) of having baby like Sangolli Rayanna and they tie small cradles to the tree.

Sangolli Rayanna also participated in the 1824 rebellion and was arrested by the British, who released him later. Rayanna is considered by many historians to be the pioneer of guerilla warfare in India. The British troops could not defeat him in open battle. Hence, by treachery, he was caught in April 1830 and tried by the British; and sentenced to death.

How to go: About 38 kms from Belagavi

Take NH4A – Khanapur – take left at the Diversion towards Nandgad on SH140/SH93

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19 COMMENTS

  1. There is lot of misunderstanding in people’s mind that the person who fought against british are freedom fighters Which is totally wrong. Historians have to consider for what purpose they fought against the british before declaring. Sangolli Rayanna was the first freedom fighter of india who fought against the british to free india. Why the historians, politicians & TV Channels are silent? No guts to talk or claim. Shame on you people.

  2. THe Real #sOul, gReaT warrior ever. He had Made Fear IN British Ppl. He’s was tHe first Ledgend wHo sTood against British. Jai Hind.

  3. Please share the information about Rayanna from karnataka to india.
    Rayanna was the freedom fighter, agenest to british system.

    Regards
    Tukaram

  4. M from nandgad only. Nd wnvr i go to that placr i start to think that day. How british cought him nd hangd to that banayan tree. Proud for him…

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