Maharashtra has many a fort nestled amidst the imposing Sahyadri range of mountains. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured many of these forts from the clutches of Muslim rulers of the day in his noble quest to establish Maratha Empire.
I'll be taking you through a virtual tour of these magnificent forts scattered across Maharashtra.
We begin with Torna fort, which was the first to be captured by Shivaji.
I hope the intrepid travelers amongst will you will visit these forts!
Jai Bhavani. Jai Shivaji. Jai Maharashtra.
Torna Fort or Prachandagad is a large fort located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is historically significant as one of the first forts to be captured by Shivaji in 1643, forming the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi: huge or massive) and gad (Marathi: fort).
This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shaiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. A Menghai Devi temple, also referred to as the Tornaji temple, is situated near the entrance of the fort.
In 1643, Shivaji captured this fort at the age of sixteen, thus making it one of the first forts in what would become the Maratha empire. Shivaji renamed the fort Prachandagad, and constructed several monuments and towers within it.
In the 1700s, the Mughal empire gained control of this fort after defeating Shivaji's son Sambhaji. Aurangzeb, then Mughal emperor, renamed this fort Futulgaib (Language unknown: Divine victory), in recognition of the difficult defense the Mughals had to overcome to capture this fort. It was restored to the Maratha confederacy by the Treaty of Purandar.
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been to lots of forts but not in maharashtra.infact my only landing, in the state, was twice in mumbai and that too for just a few days each time.have not seen anything in gujarat,maharashtra and konkan belt.
now thanks to your pictures i am doing a virtual tour.and great stuff that you are doing.is desh mein citizens ki hi lead is required in all areas.government ko to kursi ka hi chakkar nahin chhodta.
yup i plan to cover the forts that shivaji conquered...in the order that they were conquered.
the govt has done nada to promote tourism in the state...most historical structures are slowly eroding due to sheer neglect...
the vasai fort is no stranger to this apathy...i am a member of a voluntary group that does its bit for the upkeep of forts.
about the politicians...the less said the bettah!
pf: great snaps!
you are going to do a series on the forts?
good for you... it'll be more than what the bloody mah govt has ever done.
i mean, just think: this great man has done so much and that too in such a short lifespan. all that the politicos do is exploit his name and brand value. i really wish someone takes up the conservation of the forts as a mission.
i hope yer wish is granted!
do come again for the rest of this series...
i absolutely lubb trekking...every experience is just so exhilarting as a rule i avoid carrying cameras...they kill the joy
you are so lucky...did all the gadhs around pune...wowieeee
harishchandragadh is indeed a toughie...me haven't cracked it so far either...wid tis series i am doing my bit for moi beloved maharashtra unlimited...