Sankshi fort | संक्षी किल्ला

(By prashant kothawade)
(By prashant kothawade)
(By prashant kothawade)
(By prashant kothawade)
water cisterns on the fort (By prashant kothawade)


This fort is located in Pen Taluka of Raigad district. It is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from Pen.

History

A Sank king built the fort. He had a daughter named Jagamata. The king was killed in battle, his daughter committed suicide by jumping from the fort; this is the popular myth. In 1540 Nizamshah of Ahmednagar captured this fort from Gujarath's sultan. The Sultan of Gujarat captured it back with the help of Portuguese. Later he assumed the Nizam were counterattacking the fort, so he handed over the fort to the Portuguese and ran away to Gujarat. Due to frequent attacks on the army by the Nizam, the Portuguese purchased the fort along with Karnala fort from Nizam.

Places of Interest

There are no Bastions or Gate on the fort. But there are plenty of rock cut cisterns on the fort and a small cave. The Badruddin Darga at the base of the fort is worth visiting.From the top of fort many forts like Karnala, Manikgad, Sagargad are seen.

How to reach

The road from Tarankhop village on Mumbai-Goa National highway rightly takes to the Sankshi fort.The road from village Balawali is a tiresome walk of 1 hour Sankshi is a very small fort to climb, but hiring a guide from the nearby village is recommended. There are no proper steps or gate on the fort. There are two ways to climb the fort. The northern and the eastern way. It takes about 20 minutes to see the fort.

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