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Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024: 5 majestic forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Maharashtra

On the occasion of Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024, we celebrate the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji with a tribute to Maharashtra's five majestic forts, embodying his valor and strategic prowess.

Muskan Gupta Written By: Muskan Gupta New Delhi Updated on: February 19, 2024 16:41 IST
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Image Source : GOGGLE 5 majestic forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra

As Maharashtra celebrates the birth anniversary of one of its most revered leaders, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on Shivaji Jayanti 2024, it's an opportune moment to delve into the rich legacy left behind by this legendary king. Shivaji Maharaj, a visionary leader and a brilliant strategist, is renowned for his military prowess and establishment of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century. Among his many achievements, the construction and fortification of numerous forts across Maharashtra stand out as enduring symbols of his valor and strategic genius. On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti 2024, as Maharashtra pays homage to its great warrior-king, here are five majestic forts that offer a glimpse into the remarkable legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

Raigad Fort

Perched atop a hill in the Raigad district, Raigad Fort served as the capital of the Maratha Empire. It was here that Shivaji Maharaj was coronated as the king in 1674, assuming the title of Chhatrapati. The fort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and houses various structures like the Raj Bhavan, the Takmak Tok (Punishment Point), and the Jagadishwar Temple, each echoing tales of Shivaji's reign.

Sindhudurg Fort

Built on an island off the Malvan coast, Sindhudurg Fort is a testament to Shivaji Maharaj's maritime prowess. Constructed using granite blocks and surrounded by the Arabian Sea, this fortress was strategically positioned to defend the Konkan region from foreign invasions. Its intricate architecture and strategic location make it a popular tourist destination today.

Pratapgad Fort

Nestled in the Western Ghats near Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Fort holds historical significance as the site of the Battle of Pratapgad, where Shivaji Maharaj defeated the mighty Afzal Khan in 1659. The fort's strategic location allowed Shivaji's forces to outmaneuver the larger enemy army, showcasing his military genius.

Rajgad Fort

Situated near Pune, Rajgad Fort served as one of the earliest capital forts of the Maratha Empire. Its imposing structure and extensive fortifications highlight Shivaji Maharaj's emphasis on defense and strategic planning. The fort offers a glimpse into the Maratha ruler's administrative acumen and his efforts to establish a robust governance system.

Torna Fort

Known as the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj, Torna Fort holds immense historical significance. Located in the Sahyadri range, this fortress played a crucial role in Shivaji's campaign to establish an independent Maratha kingdom. It stands as a symbol of Shivaji Maharaj's determination and resilience in the face of adversity.

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