Friday, 25 March 2016

Information About Shivneri Fort

Shivneri fort,a reminiscent of Shivaji Maharaj’s childhood. It is this place that has witnessed the birth of such a great warrior king – ‘Shri Chattrapatti Shivaji Maharaj’. And it was here that he had spent most of his growing years with his mother, Jijabai, who made him the person he was.

Shivneri Fort was built during the 17thcentury in Junnar; a place that is almost 90KM from the main city of Pune, Maharashtra. The military fortification was built by Shahaji, father of Shivaji, with an aim to have a secure and comfortable place where his wife and son could live.

The splendid architecture of this fort spreads over 1.6 KM and has a number of spiral gates. To be precise, there are seven spiral gates depicting structural firmness that it possesses. ‘Shivneri’ is a hill fort that is somewhat triangular in shape.

The second entrance to this fort is something that interests everyone who visits this place. It is at the eastern side and is locally known as ‘Chain gate’. Visitors who enter the fort through this path can climb up the main entrance using chains available in this entrance. This gives an adventurous feel to tourists visiting this place.

Statues of Jijabai and young Shivaji are another attraction within the fort. The statues are situated to the south of ‘Badami Talav’; a pond just at the center of ‘Shivneri’. The fort also has a beautiful temple of Goddess ‘Shivai’ and it is said that Shivaji was named after the same goddess. Along with this, a tomb and a mosque add to its great ambience.

Moving just two kilometers away from the fort are the ‘Lenyadri’ Caves or one of the most popular Ashtavinayak Temples in Maharashtra. People who visit the fort must visit these beautiful caves that amplify the beauty of the already picture perfect place.

It is said that the best time to visit this place is during the monsoons. The fort has two water bodies; namely ‘Ganga’ and ‘Yamuna’ flowing across. This explains why monsoons are the best time to be around this place. It is said that these two springs served as a source of continuous water supply for people who inhabited the place then. They still continue to have continuous water flow throughout the year and a remarkable scenic beauty to witness. ‘Shivneri’ fort with its picture perfect aura is one of the best forts in Maharashtra.

Finally, ‘Shivneri’ fort is the best place for people who love trekking in order to find answers to many historical questions. In short, if you are a nature lover, avid reader of history and blessed with high physical stamina; Shivneri fort is where you need to be this coming monsoon!

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