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Panhalgad

Category : Forts |Writer : Sahil Bandar |Date :18th January, 2014
Panhalgad
FortHeight : 4040 fts

Type : Hill forts

Fort Range : Kolhapur

District : Kolhapur

Grade : Easy


The Forts of Maharashtra played an important role in the emerging Maratha Empire. They were the strongholds which made our history glorious.One such fort which witnessed some dramatic events in the life of Shivaji Maharaj was Panhalgad.


History :

The fort was built during the regime of the First Shilahar king Bhoj Nrupsingh. In the olden days it was ruled by people of tribal caste Nag and was known as Pannnagralya. After the assassination of Afzalkhan, Shivaji Maharaj took advantage of weakening of Adilshahi and won Panhalgad in just 18 days (on 28th November 1659). It was further captured by Adilshah, but the Marathas regained the fort. On 2nd March 1660, Siddhi Johar set the siege to Panhalgad. We are aware of the famous incidence where Shivaji Maharaj crossed the God Khind and went to Vishalgad. At that time Panhalgad was captured by Siddhi Johar. In 16...Continue Reading
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तोरणा किल्ला

Category : Forts |Writer : सुजित साळुंके |Date :24th December, 2013
तोरणा किल्ला
तोरणा किल्ला

शिवाजी महाराजांनी सुरुवातीच्या काळात जे काही किल्ले घेतले त्यापैकी एक किल्ला तोरणा. गडावर तोरण जातीची पुष्कळ झाडी असल्यामुळे गडाचे नाव पडले तोरणा. महाराजांनी गडाची पहाणी करतांना याच्या प्रचंड विस्तारामुळे याचे ‘प्रचंडगड’ असे नाव ठेवले.पुणे जिल्ह्याच्या वेल्हा तालुक्यातून गेलेल्या सह्याद्रीच्या रागेंतून दोन पदर निघून पूर्वेला पसरत गेलेले आहेत. यापैकी पहि...Continue Reading
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Vishalgad

Category : Forts |Writer : Deepak Jagtap |Date :19th February, 2013
Vishalgad
Vishalgad (also called Khelna or Khilna) was one of the important forts of Shivaji and Maratha Empire. The name ‘Vishalgad’ meaning grand fort in Marathi, was given by Shivaji after annexing it for the Maratha Empire in 1659.The fort is about 1130 metres that is 3630 feet.
Origin of the name Vishalgad
Khelna was in the control of Adilshah of Bijapur. Shivaji wanted to conquer the fort but the terrain of the fort was difficult; conquering the fort was easier said than done. Shivaji attacked the fort but the Adilshahi garrison at the fort was defending the fort valiantly. Then, Shivaji came up with a plan. Accordingly, a group of Marathas went up to the fort and convinced the Adilshahi commander (killedar) of the fort that they were not content with the rule of Shivaji and thus, had come to serve the Adilshah. The Marathas were successful and the next day, they revolted and caused total chaos inside the fort. Simultaneously, Shivaji attacked the fort from outside and in no time cap...Continue Reading
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