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Torna Fort Information And Intresting Facts

Torna Fort Information





Height of the Torna Fort: 1400 meters above sea level.
Location of the Torna fort: Velhe, Dist. Pune, Maharashtra.
Type of fort: Giridurg (Hill/ Mountain Fort)
Other names of the Torna fort are: Prachandgad, Nabishahgad, FutuhAlGhaib
(Meaning: Divine Victory), The Eagle’s Nest


Torna Fort, otherwise called Prachandagad, is an enormous stronghold situated in Pune locale, in the Indian territory of Maharashtra. It is verifiably huge in light of the fact that it was the primary post caught by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1646, at 16 years old, framing the core of the Maratha realm. The slope has a height of 1,403 meters (4,603 ft) above ocean level, making it the most noteworthy slope post in the locale. The name gets from Prachanda (Marathi for colossal or huge) and stray (Marathi for the post). 



This fortification is accepted to have been developed by the Shaiva Panth, supporters of the Hindu god Shiva, in the thirteenth century. A Menghai Devi sanctuary additionally alluded to as the Tornaji sanctuary, is arranged close to the passageway of the post. 



History of Torna Fort

Important Historical Records of Torna: 

• Shivaji Maharaj won the Torna in 1647.
• Later, on March 10, 1704, the Mughals conquered the fort under Amanatullah Khan and renamed it ' FutuhAlGhaib' which means the divine victory.

In 1646, Chatrapati Shivaji caught this post at fifteen years old, subsequently making it one of the main fortifications that would get one of the fortresses of the Maratha domain. Chatrapati Shivaji renamed the stronghold ' 'Prachandagad' ' as Torna, and developed a few landmarks and towers inside it. 
In the eighteenth century, the Mughal domain quickly dealt with this stronghold after the death of Chatrapati Shivaji's child lord Sambhaji. Aurangzeb, the then Mughal head, renamed this post-Futulgaib in acknowledgment of the troublesome resistance the Mughals needed to defeat to catch this fortification. The Purandar agreement restored the Maratha alliance.


Area of Torna Fort






The fortress is around 50 km through Pabe ghat southwest of Pune in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri mountain ranges at the base town Velhe. One can go from Pune by means of Satara street and take directly to Nasarapur town. This separation is close to about 65km. The travel industry is the most elevated fortification in the Pune area. The Torna Fort is a well-known goal for trekkers particularly after the south-west rainstorm, from September to December. Trekkers can remain in the Menghai Devi sanctuary. The Raigad, Lingana, Rajgad, Purandar fortification, Sinhagad is seen from Torna.


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In the seventeenth century, typically, the person who had the fortress would likewise lead the region around. Attributable to this reality, Shivaji Maharaj reestablished numerous strongholds in his region and manufactured a couple of new ones as well. Torna too was reestablished by Shivaji and was renamed "Prachandgad". 


History records Fort Torna as nothing not exactly a sparkling 'knight' in Shivaji Maharaj's 'Swarajya'. Every one of the fortifications of Maharashtra has such a unique history to themselves. Torna has its own as well. At the youthful age of sixteen, when Shivaji Maharaj vowed to set up Swarajya, Torna - which was then in the ownership of the "AdilShah of Vijapur" was the main stronghold that he attacked. It was here that he made the vow of "Swarajya" or at the end of the day the "Swarajya" was festooned(Toran in Marathi) here and subsequently the name Torna according to certain antiquarians. A couple of others accept that a sort of blossom known as the toran sprouted here in bounty and henceforth the name Torna. In the wake of catching the fortification, as Shivaji Mahraj was assessing it, its tremendous stretch made him name it as "Prachandgad"

As one moves along the Pune-Bangalore national expressway towards Bangalore, one can exit at Nasrapur to arrive at the Velhe town. Velhe is a Taluka place in the Pune area. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation offers transport administration to Velhe from Swargate in Pune. There is another course while in transit to Khanapur town from the Khadakwasla dam through Pabeghat. It is a great course to encounter nature's magnificence in the Shayadris on the off chance that one is going in a private vehicle. 


History holds no confirmation about when was Torna assembled and by whom? Be that as it may, the haggard survives from the sanctuaries situated on the post have certain stories to tell. During the Bahamani rule from 1470 to 1486, Malik Ahmed had won the stronghold for it. Afterward, the fortification was leveled out of Nizamshahi and Adilshahi. Shivaji Maharaj vanquished the Torna fortress at sixteen years old and trimmed his Swarajya. A fortune was found close to the "Kothi Darwaza" of Torna while it was being fixed and reestablished. A piece of it was utilized to assemble "Rajgad" on the Murumbdev slope and a piece of it was additionally utilized in the reclamation of Torna itself. This very Rajgad filled in as the capital of Shivaji Maharaj's Swarajya for a considerable length of time to come. 

Like the three matches on Rajgad–the Padmavati, Sanjivani and Suvala, Torna has two matches called Zunzar and Budhala as well. The Zunzar maachi however littler in the region is exceptionally hard to climb. Budhala is extended in the middle of Rajgad and Torna. 

Torna (Prachandgad ) is the tallest post in the Pune locale. The stronghold of the post despite everything remains steadfast. Torna is portrayed by the stream bowls of the "kanad" waterway on the north side and the "veldandi" in the south with the kanad gorge on the west and "baman and khareev" on the east. The principal entryway on our way up to the fortress is called as the "Binni Darwaza" which further leads us to the "kothi Darwaza". 


Toranjai Devi Temple (Kothi Darwaza) and Mengai Devi Temple: 

There is a little sanctuary in the ashlar stoned divider close to the Kothi Darwaza. It has the statue of the goddess Toranjai. Chronicled records discuss a scene of Shivaji's Mavalas discovering pots loaded with "Moharas"(the cash of that time) in the unearthing here. Further on the fortification, one runs over the "Toran" and "Khokad" water tanks. Near it is a sanctuary of goddess Mengai Devi. Guests and fortress sweethearts camp here if there should be an occurrence of medium-term remains. The residents of "Velhe" town commend the celebration on the stronghold during "Navaratri". 


Jhunjar Machi

As we continue from the Mengai Devi sanctuary towards the "Hanuman Buruj", we can descend the bastion divider and utilize the "dindi Darwaza" to go to "Jhunjar Maachi". The course to the equivalent isn't a simple one and demonstrates a lot of hazardous during the rainstorm. Sightseers coming towards the "Maachi" along these lines should be alert and cautious. While the storms haze the "Maachi, summers offer an excellent sight of the immense spread of the zone. 
Jhunjar Machi: Torna Fort


The Mahadev Temple Of Torneshwar: 

The region encompassing the Mengai Devi Temple shows the remaining parts and the vestiges of the design that once enhanced the post. The course towards "Budhala Maachi" from the "Mengai Devi" Temple has another sanctuary – the "Torneshwar Mahadev Temple". This zone also is misted in storms yet the summers permit an away from "Rajgad", "Kenjalgad", "Rohida", "Sinhagad", "Purandar", "Vajragad" and different zones in the region of Torna. 
Mahadev Temple Of Torneshwar
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Budhala Maachi

This maachi is on the west side of the fortress. There is a "Cheetah Darwaza" toward its finish. As we move back to the fortress from the "Budhala Maachi", we go over the "Konkan Darwaza", the "Takmak Buruj", and the "Shivganga" and "Patalganga" water tanks. One route from here prompts the "Bhagat Darwaza" and the other to the "Ghodjin Tok". "Bhagat Darwaaza" opens a pathway to "Rajgad" which is risky in storms as the course gets troublesome and steep as we push ahead. 
Budhala Maachi:of Torna Fort


BaleKilla (The Citadel):

 This is the most elevated purpose of the Torna stronghold. As we return back towards the "Mengai Devi" sanctuary subsequent to viewing the amazing magnificence of Sahyadri from the "Budhla Maachi", the remaining parts of the bastion seem apparent. The fortress offers an away from the tremendous field of the Torna fortification. It is a direct result of this tremendous region that Shivaji Maharaj thought of naming the fortress as "Prachandgad" 

The Fort Torna witnesses a flood of guests during the special seasons from Pune and the region. These travelers, while valuing the excellence of nature from this current bird's nide arranged in the Sahyadri Mountain Range, ought to likewise be focussing alone security and not being excessively eager and daring. This post is a much troublesome move in contrast with different fortifications in the Pune area.