Pratapgad Fort , built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is at a distance of 24 km from Mahabaleshwar (the hill station in Maharastra ) . It is the pride of Maratha Empire.
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The Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj commissioned Moropant Trimbak Pingle, his prime minister, to undertake the construction of this fort in order to defend the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers, and to defend the Par pass. It was completed in 1656. The historic battle between Chatrapati Shivaji and Afzal Khan the commander of the Bijapur Sultanate fought here on November 10, 1659. This was set the stage of the establishment of the Maratha Empire. In 1818, as part of the Third Anglo-Maratha War, Pratapgad was surrendered by private negotiation. This was a great loss to the Maratha forces, as Pratapgad was an important stronghold, had a large garrison, and could suppress much of the country around Wai.
Pratapgad fort consists of two part : The upper fort and the Lower fort. The upper part houses a Mahadev Temple and the Lower part houses the Goddess Bhavani Temple . There are beautiful tales about the history of these temples and the fort. In 1661, Shivaji Maharaj was unable to visit the temple of the goddess Bhavani at Tuljapur. He decided to dedicate a temple to the goddess at this fort itself.
Things to see:
- The Bhavani Temple
- Afzal Khan’s Tomb
- A 17 feet Statue of Shivaji Maharaj
- Bastions on the Fort
- Watch Towers on the Fort
- Rahat Lake
Normally the trip to Pratapgad fort is covered during day time. There are taxi services, State transport available from Mahabaleswar to the Fort. Mahabaleswar is well connected via road with the City Mumbai and Pune