Situated at the base of the rock is the Bhongir village. For the locals, the fort is most associated with Queen Rudramadevi. Born to King Ganapatideva, Rudramadevi was designated a son via an ancient putrika ceremony and renamed Rudradeva.
There were many in the court who did not like the idea of a woman on the throne. Her father had managed to upset many people by naming a woman as his successor. Though some nobles did try to oust her from her position, those loyal to the throne helped her quell any rebellion.
A Telugu movie on her life was directed by Gunasekhar with Anushka Shetty, Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati and Krishnam Raju in the lead roles.