TOP 5 FORTS IN MAHARASHTRA: REVISITING HISTORY THIS MONSOON
When people think of Maaharashtra they only think about Mumbai being the financial capital of the nation that draws more income, but there is more that Maharashtra has to offer than just fast life and hustle bustle of Mumbai. Maharashtra has a rich history and culture that still remains unexplored and this monsoon season I have decided to take my readers on that epic journey back into the world of forts and battles where life was unforgiving, challenging and where brave Maratha warriors fought for the establishment of Hindavi Swaraj (complete freedom of India). Let’s go back to those treacherous mountains and unexplored locations to explore the top 5 forts in Maharashtra that witnessed those gruesome battles and symbolize the bravery and sacrifices of Maratha warriors.
Located in Devgad taluka, Vijaydurg Fort remains one of the oldest historic forts in the history of Maharashtra. The fort is also known as Eastern Gibraltar and remains impregnable because of its location on the Sindhudurg coast.
Constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II it was in the year 1205 that this fort was completed. Many historic documents reveal that Shivaji Maharaj personally hoisted the saffron flag here. It was in the year 1653 that Shivaji captured this fort from Adil Shah of Bijapur and extended the fort area by constructing three new walls on the eastern side each wall 36 meters high. Locally this fort is also known as Gheria.
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