Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sankshi fort | संक्षी किल्ला

(By prashant kothawade)
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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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Friday, July 8, 2016

Kamalgad | कमळगड

Kamalgad (literally lotus fort), also called Bhelanja[1] or Kattalgad (literally death fort) is a square hill fort in Wai Taluka in Maharashtra, India.
 

Location

It is ten miles (16 km) west of Wai and 32 km from Satara. Its coordinates are 18° 05' N, 74° 00' E. It has an elevation of 4,511 feet (1,375 m) above sea level.
 

History

The builder of the fort is unknown.[3] During Maratha times, Kamalgad, Pandavgad and other forts in the area were administered by a mokasaddar (manager) from Bijapur.[4] Early documents written in now defunct Modi script of the Marathi language refer to the fort as 'Kattalgad'.[5] A detailed study of these documents is underway. In April 1818, Kamalgad surrendered after resistance to a British detachment commanded by a Major Thatcher.[2] Under the British, it was used to execute prisoners of war.
 

Major Features

Red ocher in Kamalgad fort
The fort covers a flat area, 3-4 acres in size. It is surrounded by steep rock and can only be reached by perilously scaling this rock. Earlier, the approach was by an artificial tunnel, which started at the base of the rock and emerged on the top. Now this tunnel is blocked by a big rock which fell into it and was never removed.[4] There are no buildings on the top nor walls of any kind or even a gateway, which is unusual for a fort in this area. Likely, its height and steep rock around it provided it with enough protection.
The only structure on the top is a hole which is the remains of a well sunk right through the rock, into the soil below which still has water. The hole is eighteen to twenty feet deep. The sides of the well which were formed of the natural rock were reported to have contained recesses in which criminals were placed. They had to choose between starvation and drowning.[2][4] However, none of the recesses can be discerned today. Some reports indicate that this 'hole' might have been a quarry for red stone (geru) which is plentiful in this region .
 

Source: www.wikiwand.com/en/Kamalgad
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