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Pratapgad fort information

Pratapgad Fort 

Pratapgad fort information

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had expanded his kingdom on the banks of streams Nira and Koyana. So as to protect this region of his kingdom he felt need to have a well-constructed fortification. This Fort is called Pratapgad. According to the records ever, Pratapgad Fort was built in the year 1657. Pratapgad is located 8 kilometers west of Mahabaleshwar in the Jawali taluka of the North Satara region. This fort is constructed on the hill named Deparya, among Par and Kineshwar towns. 

On the way from Mahabaleshwar to Mahad, there is a place called Kumroshi. From that point, it is an excursion of thirty minutes. It is hard to climb the fort. The stronghold is arranged in the territory called the Jawali forest. Eminent writer Govind portrayed the conditions around fortification Pratapgad in exceptionally clear words. 

Places of interest on Pratapgad

Places of interest on Pratapgad


There is a pathway on the left half of the base of the fortress. The plaque demonstrates an approach to Darga Sharif. This is the place where the tomb of Afzalkahn is arranged. This fortification has just a single fundamental entryway. Beneath it, there is a stream that conveys water from upstream down the slant. It is conceivable to arrive at the entryway in the wake of climbing scarcely any means. There are bastions inside this entryway which were utilized by officers guarding the fundamental entryway. This bastion can be seen by going around in 3/fourth of the circle. 

According to chronicled when Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzalkhan subsequent to being deceived by him, his head was covered under this bastion by Sambhaji Kavaji, a manly lieutenant of Shivaji Maharaj. At the point when a window of Nagarkhana (A spot where drums are set and played) is opened one can see the substance of Goddess' golden calf. A story goes around about this Goddess that, Shri Shivaji Maharaj had begun a custom of playing Sanai-Chaughada (A kind of strict band) before the Goddess. A cleric with Hadap as a surname was deputed to offer Naivedya (nourishment offered to the Deity as a major aspect of ceremonial love) and Panchamrut (a blend of milk, curd, nectar, sugar, and unadulterated ghee). This sanctuary of Goddess Bhavani incorporates Sabhamandap ( A lobby before sanctum sanctorum) and Nagarkhana. 

Subsequent to climbing 100-200 stages from the sanctuary, there is a little entryway, which is a passage to the stronghold. In front, there is a quadrangular porch. From the airborne view, Pratapgad fortification takes after a butterfly.length of this fort is 1400 feet and width is 400 feet. It has a remarkable fortress. The North-western inclines are in excess of 800 feet in stature. There are two water tanks on the North-eastern side of the stronghold. From here one can get an all-encompassing perspective on the Koyna bowl. These parts of the bargains of the fortification.

History of Pratapgad

In the year 1657, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj turned out to be too incredible to even consider being endured, for the leaders of Vijapur. His quality was on the rise. He used to overcome new regions of the Vijapur realm every once in a while. To control Shivaji Maharaj, Afzalkhan was deputed, yet Shivaji Maharaj carefully killed him. This occurrence is recorded in history in extraordinary detail. The tomb of Afzalkhan still exists there. It is worked at the leveled ground on the third phase of downslope in the midst of trees. Pratapgad fortification is well known for the excellence of nature in and around it. 
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The second most significant part of Pratapgad fortification is the death of Afzalkhan. When Afzalkhan called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to meet him at the base of the fortification, he attempted to murder Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by method for bad form. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj killed him by evacuating his digestion tracts in the wake of cutting open his stomach. A protector of Afzalkhan, Sayyad Banda attempted to slaughter Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by displaying his sword. Yet, the security man of Maharaj, Jiva Banda was cautious enough to defeat this endeavor and slaughtered Sayyad Banda. So the expression " It was Jiva, who spared Shiva" was authored and got everlasting throughout the entire existence of this stronghold. The military of Maharaj which was covering up in the wildernesses of Jawali made 1500 warriors of Afzal khan run pell-mell. Along these lines, the presence of this fortress is a declaration to the boldness of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

How to reach Pratapgad

How to reach Pratapgad


There are two courses to reach Pratapgad fortress. One is through Mahad-Poladpur and another one by means of Wai-Mahabaleshwar. A little village specifically Kumbhareshi or Vad can become to from either side. On the South-east side, there is a town called Par. The path going between these two spots takes one to Pratapgad fortification.