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Recalling the legacy of Shivaji in Raigad Fort

03 Sep

Shivaji Bhosale or famously known as Chhatrapati Shivaji was a great leader and a legendary figure of the Maratha Kingdom. Raigad Fort in Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra was captured by Shivaji in 1656 and became the capital of Maratha Kingdom in 1674. He was crowned as the first ‘Chhatrapati’ of the Marathas in the same year. Set on a wedge-shaped block of hill, split off from the Western Ghats, Raigad Fort looks elegant. Stories of incredible valor and heroic deeds are depicted on every slab at Raigad. The fort, located 820 meters above sea level, is a beauty in the Sahyadri mountain range and provides a glimpse view of the town. Approximately, 1737 steps are there that leads to the fort, but now-a-days, an aerial tram is there to reach the top of the fort.

Raigad Fort

Raigad Fort was originally built by Chandrarao Mores in 1030 and was then known as the fortress of Rairi. Shivaji, upon seizing it, modified the designed of the fortress. Its name was changed to Raigad Fort afterwards. It remained a stronghold of the Maratha Kingdom until it was destroyed by East India Company in 1818. The ruin of fort consists of royal quarters for the queens, base pillars of the main palace and three destroyed watch towers. There is a wall inside the fort known as Hirakani Buruj that is dedicated to the courage of a village woman named Hirakani. The story goes that she came to the fort to sell milk, but was not allowed to go back as the gates of the fort were closed after sunset. But to get to her infant son, she climbed down a cliff in the dark. Shivaji then built a wall at that same place to honor her courage.

Maha Darwaja

Maha Darwaja by Amar Mainkar on flickr.com

The Nagarkhana Darwaja was the public entrance gate into the royal court. For the royal ladies of the court, there was another gate called Mena Darwaja. Maha Darwaja was the main entrance way inside the fort. Palkhi Darwaja was used by Shivaji. Until his death, Chhatrapati Shivaji ruled from this fort. In the ruins of the main market, there is a statue of Shivaji. The path from the market leads to the Jagdishwar Mandir and the tomb of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The tomb of Shivaji’s dog, Waghya, is also nearby.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Statue

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11 responses to “Recalling the legacy of Shivaji in Raigad Fort

  1. Harsha

    September 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The Fort looks Great and with your explanation on this I just want to visit this Fort.

     
  2. KD

    September 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Perfect capturing, very well !!

     
  3. ladyfi

    September 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What a fabulous place!

     
  4. Minoru

    September 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi! I like to go to castle looking tours. If I were there,I would be very impressed by looking thisfort. Thanks for sharing.

     
  5. bnomadic

    September 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Very beautiful captures. Never knew he was a Bhonsle. Informative post.

     
  6. restlessjo

    September 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Never ceases to amaze how many fabulous sights there are to see in this world of ours. 🙂

     
  7. crischo

    September 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    All I can say is: Wow! What a wonderful place!

     
  8. thepicturesofmysoul

    September 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Wow amazing place!

     
  9. Ruth

    September 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Amazing place!

     
  10. frizztext

    September 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    sad, how the green covers more and more the wonderful architecture …

     
  11. aaliya

    November 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

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