Thursday, January 4, 2018

Vijaydurg Fort | विजयदुर्ग

Entrance View of Vijaydurg


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Milind Gunaji
Vijaydurg Of all the sea-forts of Southern Konkan, my favourite remains the Vijaydurg. The formidable stone walls of the fort, which are still as strong as ever; the fort's strategic location, the view of the red-soil laden pathways, quaint houses and tiny boats bobbing afar in the azure sea, that one can see from the windows in the stone walls, is a photographer's delight. Ninad Bedekar has penned a very informative book on Vijaydurg and was kind enough to give me some very important information about the walls that extend deep into the sea. One can reach Vijaydurg from Jaitpur by boat— crossing the Baghotan khaadi (creek); or can reach by bus ...
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Vijaydurg Fort - Wikipedia

Vijaydurg (sometimes written as Viziadurg), the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast, was constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty (construction period 1193-1205) and restructured by Shivaji Maharaj. Earlier, the fort encompassed an area of 5 acres (1 acre = 4840 square yards or 4047 square metres) and was surrounded by sea on all four sides. Over the years the eastern trench was reclaimed and a road constructed thereon. Presently the area of fort is about 17 acres and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. Shivaji extended the area of the fort by constructing three walls on the eastern side, each 36 ...
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विजयदुर्ग - विकिपीडिया

विजयदुर्ग हे मुंबई पासून ४८५ किमी अंतरावर आहे तर पुण्यापासून ४५५ किमी अंतरावर आहे मुंबई गोवा महामार्गावरून तळेरे इथून उजवीकडे वळून ५२ किमी अंतरावर विजयदुर्ग आहे मुंबई व पुण्यावरून विजयदुर्ग इथे थेट जाण्यासाठी एसटी महामंडळाच्या बसेसची सोय आहे विजयदुर्ग हे सागरी महामार्गापासून १४ किमी आत आहे.नव्या रेवस रेड्डी सागरी महामार्गामुळे विजयदुर्ग ते रत्नागिरी हे अंतर सुमारे ८० किमी ने कमी झाले आहे. विजयदुर्ग येथे व्हाया रत्नागिरी मार्गे हि जाऊ शकतो. रत्नागिरी,पावस ...
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Manohar mansantosh gad | मनोहर मनसंतोष गड

Wall of the palace
Wall structure

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‘मनहर-मनसंतोष’ची अनगड वाट

ऐन घाटमाथ्यावर, आंबोली घाटाच्या पायथ्याशी असलेली ही जोडगोळी. अवघड वाट, दळणवळणाच्या गैरसोयी यामुळे भटक्यांची पावले फारशी इकडे वळत नाहीत. ‘मनोहर-मनसंतोष’चे हे अनगड रूप आणि त्याची वाट..
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मनोहर-मनसंतोष गड - TreKshitiZ

मनोहर-मनसंतोष गड (Manohar-Mansantoshgad), किल्ल्याची ऊंची : 3880. किल्ल्याचा प्रकार : गिरीदुर्ग, डोंगररांग: आंबोली (सिंधुदुर्ग). जिल्हा : सिंधुदुर्ग, श्रेणी : मध्यम. कोकणातील मालवण, वेंगुर्ला, रेडी इत्यादी बंदरात उतरणारा माल विविध ...
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Kille Manohargad and Manasantoshgad - glimpses of konkan

The fort was used as a base by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1667 as the base during his south Konkan campaign against Bijapur Sultanate and also agains his step brother Vyankoji. The another important incident which happened on the fort was revolt against British rule by the forces of Kolhapur Bhonsle and Sawant of Sawantwadi in the year 1844. ...
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ajinkyatara Fort | अजिंक्यतारा किल्ला

Shanakar Temple, Ajinkyatara Fort, Satara

Southern Gate, Ajinkyatara Fort, Satara
God "Maruti" idol at the main gate of the fort

Coordinates   17°24′N 73°35′E
Type         Hill fort
Height       1,356 metres (4,400 ft) ASL

Site information
Owner    Government of India
Controlled by 
Open to    yes
the public

Site history
Built by
Materials   Stone, Lead
In use

Garrison information
commanders  Shivaji
Occupants  Chattrapati Shahu

Ajinkyatara ( meaning "The Impregnable Star") is a fort on one of the seven mountains surrounding the city of Satara in the Sahayadri Mountains of Maharashtra, India. It is a 16th Century fort and now also holds the television tower for the city of Satara. This fort has been the place where several pivotal moment in Maratha history took place.
The fort is located at Ajinkyatara Mountain, which is 3,300 feet high. As the fort is in the higher altitude, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire Satara city.

In 1708, Shahu Maharaj won Ajinkyatara, which remained with the Marathas till 1818. The Ajinkyatara fort is a major historic place of Maharashtra, and was very vital as one could keep watch over the entire South Maharashtra.
This was the place where Tarabai was imprisoned by Shahu.
The fortress is also mentioned in Nathmadhav's novel Veer Dhaval, in which the eponymous protagonist, a vassal of the Chalukyas, is the rightful master of the fort (and takes final possession of it at the novel's end) which has been under the misrule of his uncle Chanda Varma, who usurped the fort after murdering the protagonist's father Keerti Varma.

Major Features
There are two entrances on Satara side of fort. One entrance is in good condition. Both bastions still exist. At the right side of the entrance there is Hanuman temple. This is the best place to stay for. Water is not available on the fort. On the way towards left side we see Mahadev temple. Opposite to it there is office of Prasarbharati and two towers. After moving further, we see a board reading–‘way towards “Mangaladevi temple”’ on the left side.
Here we find the palace of ‘Tara Rani’ and one big storeroom. At the end of this road there is Mangaladevi temple. Opposite to it is the Mangaladevi bastion. Many sculptures are found around the temple. There are two entrances at the North. The way to these entrances is from Satara-Karad road. Near the entrances there are three lakes. After seeing the fort we can come down by same way. From fort we can see plateau of Yavateshwar, forts of Chandan-Vandan, Kalyangad, Jaranda and Sajjangad. It takes one and the half hours to see the fort.

Ways To Reach
One can easily reach Ajinkyatara by road,train or plane.
· By road-It is 2 hrs from Pune, 4 hrs from Mumbai and 3 hrs from Kolhapur.
· By train-Nearest station-Satara road and Major station-Pune.
· By plane-Nearest airport-Pune and Nearest International Airport-Mumbai.

Accommodation Facility
At Hanuman temple for 10 to 15 people

Food Facility
One should arrange food for own.

Drinking Water Facility
 Not available during summer and winter.

Time To Reach
One hour approximately (from Satara)


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Talgad (tala fort) | तळगड

Talagad Fort is located 18 km south of the Roha town on Roaha-Tala-Indapur road.This fort is at an altitude of 1000feet. This fort is in form of a narrow strip 20mt in width. This fort is situated on a narrow spur guarded by fortification. This fort served to keep watch on the enemy and the trade route from Maval to the sea ports around


It is not known about who built this fort. In the 16th century this fort was under the control of Adilshah of Bijapur. King Shivaji won this fort in 1648.[2] In 1659 this fort was encircled by troops of Siddhi of Janjira when Afzalkhan had tried to kill Shivaji at Pratapgad, However Shivaji killed Afzalkhan and knowing this Siddhi also returned with the troops to Janjira. In the Purandar treaty, King Shivaji kept this fort with himself along with 11 other forts while surrendering the other forts. After the death of Shivaji this fort was captured by Siddhi. In 1735 Bajiro peshwa-I captured this fort under Maratha rule. Finally Col. Prother captured this fort in 1818.

Places to see

The long fortification around the narrow strip of Machi is in good condition.There are many rock cut water cisterns on the Balekilla hill. There is an idol of Veer maruti near the main gate.The toilet block on the fortification are also seen.The fortification is in two layers.From the top of the fort Ghosale gad is clearly visible

How to reach

There are regular state transport buses and private vehicles which run between Roha, Indapur and Tala. The path from the town goes straight to the main entrance of the fort. The trek rout is of 45 minutes. The trek to the fort is simple and safe.There is no place for night halt on the fort.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rajgad | राजगड

Pali Darwaja (Gate) from top

Steps at entrance of chor darwaja
Steps to BaleKilla
Kaleswari buruz

Rajgad (literally meaning Royal Fort) is one of the forts in the Pune district of Maharashtra state in India. The fort is around 1,400 m (4,600 ft) above sea level. Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved the capital to Raigad Fort. Treasure found at an adjacent fort was used to fortify this hill. The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 km (25 mi) making it difficult for anybody to lay siege to it, adding to its strategic value.
The fort is located 60 km (37 mi) to the South West of Pune, about 15 km (9.3 mi) West of Nasrapur, in the Sahyadris range. The highest part of the fort has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. The main entrance door is known as the Mahadarwaja. This fort is built on the hill called Murumbadevi Dongar (Mountain of the Goddess Murumba). Rajgad boasts of the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.


The fort has witnessed lots of historic events, including the birth of Shivaji's son Rajaram, the death of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, the burial of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Balle Killa, the strict words of Sonopant Dabir to Shivaji, and the Khandoji Khopade event.
This fort was also one of the 17 forts that Shivaji kept when he signed the Treaty of Purandar (1665) with the Rajput king Jai Singh in 1665 who was leading the Mughal forces. 23 other forts were handed over to the Mughals under this treaty.


One can climb the fort from numerous route from villages at the base of Rajgad, 1)starting from Gunjavne (Gunjavne Darwaja or Chor Darwaja both on Padmavati Machee, and a tough route to Chor Darwaja near Nedhe on Suvela Machi). Pali Darwaja is historically the main and easier route. 2) The route for Pali Darwaja is from Wajeghar-Pali. 3) From Chirmudi village (Chor Darwaja on Padmavati Machee), the route meets corresponding route from Gunjavne); 4) From village Bhutunde (Alu Darwaja on Sanjeevani Machee via Dhanghar Vada); 5) From Male (Chor Darwaja on Kaleshwari Buruj, Suvela Machee). 6) From route coming from Budhla Machee of Torna comes through a connecting ridge to Alu Darwaja on Sanjeevani Machi.


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