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Yerragunta Kota has  two forts. one is called patha kota(old fort) and also as dongala kota. and another one as kotha kota. In olden days the persons in old fort were engaged in carrying the pilgrims of Tirumala by dolies. They were,while carrying such people robbing them and the gold and money obtained by such robbery were being preserved in this old fort after fetching the cross country route thorough forest from Thirumala. In order to control this menace the Vijayanagara rulers appointed a Matli palegar . The palegars of Matli drove away the robbers and constructed the new fort. Till about 60, 70 years back the shepherds were finding gold pieces.

It was said that Matli Anantha rayalu was the first ruler from the new fort. While constructing the new fort they checked up the safety of the fort. They kept a cannon on a hillock at about 2 KM from this fort and fired the cannon and they ensured that the final end of the fort be beyond half a KM from the place where the cannon fire had fallen. This hillock is called phirangi gutta. Later on this fort is said to have come under the rule of Tippusulthan and the palegar was shifted to Chitvel kingdom and the fort at Yerraguntla kota was abandoned.
 
When the ruling came into existence at this new fort local people were appointed to administer. Even now there families with surnames after their positions in the then administration.They are Beegala( key holders), Kottidi(Godown), Bokkasam( treasury), Dandu( Army), Dalavayi(Commandant of army),Bhandaru(Store),Boyina, Chitti boyina, Peddaboyina.etc( palanquin bearers).

The village is surrounded by seshachalam hills. Gundala kona a holy place with Gundaleeswra swami as the deity is located at a distance of about 16 Km. from the village in the midst of the forest in these hills.This is a cave temple and is said to be Agasthya prathishta. The deity here is called Gundaleesvara svami.

Another cave by the side of Siva's cave contain Hanuman's idol consecrated by Tallapaka pedda Thirumalaiah son of Annamacharya in the year 1459 saka era corresponding to 1538AD.  A siva temple constructed in the year 1815 has been renovated once in 1964 and recently in the year 2019. The deity is called Neelakantesvara svami. New Siva linga , Vigneswara, Subrahmanya, and navagrahas, were consecrated in 2019 at this temple and Kalasas were provided to the gopuras. Anjaneya swami temple constructed, while constructing the new fort exists at the entrance of the kotha kota. 

Thirugudu palle is a hamlet of this village.Recently a broken idol of Chennakesava svami was found in the fields of this hamlet while tilling. This idol is now available in the temple of Neelakantesvara svami at Y. Kota.


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