Onake Obavva

Onake Obavva : Women who fought with Hyder Ali

Onake Obavva was a brave woman in the kingdom of Chitradurga in Karnataka, who single handed fought with the army of Hyder Ali. She just used a pestle called as Onake in Kannada and fought with the army. Her husband, Kalanayak was a security guard of one of the watchtowers located in the fort of Chitradurga.

Onake Obavva is celebrated as one of the fiercest women patriot and warrior along with female warriors like Kittur Chennamma, Keladi Chennamma and Abbakka Rani.During 18th century, Chitradurga Fort was under the rule of Madakari Nayaka IV. This was a rough time in the history of Chitradurga. Hyder Ali one of the most powerful military leader of the times was on a town conquering spree. He along with his army would raid towns after towns and was going buck wild.

Onake Obavva : Women who fought with Hyder Ali

Chitradurga was spared from his wrath as Madakari Nayaka IV was in good terms with Hyder Ali. However, hell broke loose on Chitradurga when its leader switched sides, making Hyder Ali decide to attack this fort.

Hyder Ali tried everything possible to conquer this fort. Starting from multiple attacks, bribes, and spys to find secret information that can be made to good use. In one such meeting with an informant, he found out about a small hole also known as kindi in one of the walls of the fort.

The hole could easily fit one person in it. He also got to know that the guard watching this hole goes to his house during lunch hours to have is a meal. So he hatched a plan to attack the fort once again. He decided to send the soldiers one by one through the kindi and once they were enough in number they would attack the fort.Kalanayak was guarding the tower as usual. He decided to go on a lunch break and went home. While having his meal he asked for water. Since there was no water at home his wife Obavva went to the pond near the kindi, to collect water in a pot. While filling water she heard sounds near the hole. She realized that enemy was lined up and was trying to enter into the fort through that hole.

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