RAIGAD ONE OF THE BIGGEST FORT OF MAHARASTRA .

July 29, 2020 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

Raigad  is a hill fort situated in MahadRaigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Raigad Fort, formerly known as Rairi, was built by Chandraraoji More, the King of Jawali, who was then seized by Shivaji Maharaj who made it his capital in 1674 when he was crowned the King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire, eventually covering much of western and central India.

Address: Raigad, Maharashtra 402305Opened: 1030Height: 1,356 metres (4,400 ft) ASLOccupantSambhaji

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History :

The Ghats from Ryghur

Shivaji Maharaj seized the fort in 1656, then known as the fort of Rairi from Chandraraoji More, The King of Jawali. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renovated and expanded the fort of Rairi and renamed it as Raigad (King’s Fort). It became the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Maratha Empire.

Raigad 1896.

Incidents :

  • The statue of Shivaji’s pet dog was removed by alleged members of the Sambhaji Brigade[5] in July 2012 as a protest but was re-instated by Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Samiti, the Archaeological Survey of India, sculptor Rambhau Parkhi and the District Administration.

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Coordinates18°14′01″N 73°26′26″E
TypeHill fort
Height1,356 metres (4,400 ft) ASL
Site information
OwnerMaratha Empire (1656-1689; 1707-1818)Mughal Empire (1689-1707)British East India Company (1818-1858)British Empire (1858-1947)Central Government of (1947-present)
Open to
the public
Yes
Site history
Built byHiroji Indulkar
MaterialsStone, Lead
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Shivaji MaharajSambhaji Maharaj

See also :

Major features :

Hidden Walls of the Raigad FortRaigad Fort Palace Ruins

The Raigad Fort was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharashtra and the chief architect/engineer was Hiroji Indulkar. The main palace was constructed using wood, of which only the base pillars remain. The main fort ruins consist of the queen’s quarters, six chambers, with each chamber having its own private restroom. In addition, ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds out of which only two remain as the third one was destroyed during a bombardment. The Raigad Fort also has ruins of a market which was accessible to horseback riders. The fort also overlooks an artificial lake known as the Ganga Sagar Lake.

Major features :

Hidden Walls of the Raigad FortRaigad Fort Palace Ruins

The Raigad Fort was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharashtra and the chief architect/engineer was Hiroji Indulkar. The main palace was constructed using wood, of which only the base pillars remain. The main fort ruins consist of the queen’s quarters, six chambers, with each chamber having its own private restroom. In addition, ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds out of which only two remain as the third one was destroyed during a bombardment. The Raigad Fort also has ruins of a market which was accessible to horseback riders. The fort also overlooks an artificial lake known as the Ganga Sagar Lake.

The Takmak Tok.

Who built Rajgad fort ;

It was built as Murumbdev and was later renamed Rajgad by Shivaji Maharaj. It is south-west of Pune City. The base village Gunjavane is around 60 km from Pune. This fort was the first capital of Shivaji Maharaj’s Hindavi Swarajya.

How difficult is Rajgad Trek ;

The difficult level of Rajgad Trek is moderate. It will take 2 hours 30 minutes to reach the top via pali and takes three hours 30 minutes via Gunjawane. And, the top point of Rajgad is Balekilla, a famous fort on Rajgad. The fort is spotted over 1400 metres above sea level, surrounded with scenic western ghats.