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5 Amazing Forts in Maharashtra

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The contribution of the Forts of Maharashtra is very much in making its history and culture-rich. Each fort has its own unique story which is inspiring. Forts were conventionally constructed to ensure a safe human settlement, keep the enemy far away, and have an upper hand during battleships. Kings used to own forts to influence the people and showcase their wealth, power, and glory. During the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, many forts were used in battle with the Mughals. Some of the forts still have a lot of beauty, which attracts people around the world. 

Here are 5 amazing forts in Maharashtra: 

  1. Sinhagad Fort 

Located at around 35 km southwest of the city of Pune, an elevation of around 1312 m above sea level. Supported many kings in Maharashtra during the ancient battles. The battle fought at Sinhagad in 1671 is the most significant. It is believed to have been built 2000 years ago. The caves and carvings that belong to the Kaundinya Eshwar Temple act as proof. Sinhagad got protection from all sides due to its own breakneck slopes. While the authenticity and the richness of Sinhagad go back to around 1000 years.  Pune Darwaza, Kalyan Darwaza, Tilak Bungalow, Hawa Point, Kade Lot, Amruteshwar Temple, Tanaji Samadhi, and Memorial make this fortress worth visiting. Witness some stunning views of the Khadakwasla Dam from one end and glimpses of Torna Fort from another end. Can be visited from two entrances, such as one in the north-eastern region (Pune Darwaza) and another one towards the southeastern part (Kalyan Darwaza).  

  1. Panhala Fort 

The Shilahara dynasty of Kolhapur Raja Bhoja II constructed Panhala fort in the 12th Century in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Located around 20 kilometers from Kolhapur. First it was in the hands of the Yadavas of Devagiri, then the Bahmanis, the Adilshahi and then later they came to the Marathas. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had been here for a long time. The marathas ruled here until the 17th and mid-18th centuries.  many upheavals and battles took place in this fort. Witness the pass connecting the rest of Maharashtra with its coastal areas by standing at Panhala. The fog and the dense greenery sprouting up will make your monsoon more memorable every year. 

  1. Shivneri Fort

One of the strongest forts of India is Shivneri Fort built in the 17th-century by Shahaji Raje, the father of Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, to protect his wife Jijamata and son from the invaders. Shivaji Maharaj was born in Shivneri fort. Located at an elevation of 2260 ft above sea level. It has steep upwards slopes from four sides, making it difficult for enemies to attack. Located near Junnar in Pune district in Maharashtra, India. Just 105 kilometers far away from Pune. Witness the beautiful statues of Jijabai and young Shivaji Maharaj to the south of the water pond ‘Badami Talav’ situated in the middle of Shivneri fort. Ganges and Yamuna are the two water springs that enhance the beauty of this fort throughout the year. It has been an attraction point for tourists, history buffs, and trekkers who admire Shivaji Maharaj till now. 

The fort looks like a Shiva-Pind (Divine Phallus) in terms of shape. Can be reached in two ways: stone steps made from the rock face during the Satavahana era and a rough extremely hazardous path made better for tourists.

  1. Sindhudurg Fort 

Located on an island along the Malvan coast in the Arabian Sea. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built this fort as early as 1664 to protect the Maratha Empire from English, Portuguese, Dutch and French merchants. Through this fort, the rise of Siddis was also controlled. The Marathas ruled this fort until 1765. After taking this from the Marathas as a part of a treaty, the British renamed it “Port Agustus.” Treat your eyes with prominent spots such as Ruins of gunpowder mixing stations, Ruins of broken walls and statues, Ruins of palaces, Ponds, Hand and footprints of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Entertainment mandaps (porches), and Canon stations. Temples such as Bhavani Temple, Mahadev Temple, Shivrajeshwar Temple, Mahapurush Temple with a pond, and Jarimariche Temple are nothing short of pleasing your eyes. Lakdi Bastion, Aiming Bastion with a pond and Chilkhat Bastion beautify this fort. There are two ways to reach Secret escape gates for the Queen and The Grand entrance gates. 

  1. Vijaydurg Fort

Vijaydurg is the oldest fort situated at the Sindhudurg coast in Devgad Taluka, Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty constructed this fort in 1193, while Shivaji Maharaj restructured it. The Arabian Sea surrounds this area on three sides. Enjoy Bastions Naar Bastion, Maadi Bastion, Ganesh Bastion, Ram Bastion, Hanumant Bastion, Vetaal Bastion, and many more. Balekhilyacha stealth gate, Gate to the underground escape way, Gate to the underground way to reach Ghanchi Bastion, Yeshwant Gate, and Main entrance gate are some of the gates. Other prominent spots which will make your visit more interesting such as, Well, Cemeteries, Padkotachi Boundary wall, Gunpowder mixing stations, Gunpowder storing units, Balekhilyachi Boundary wall, Chuna Malnyacha Ghana, Jakhinicha canon, Bhavani Temple, and Aiming stations.

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