Raigad Fort Shivaji Throne
Fort Raigad was the capital of the most illustrious sovereign Maratha, nourished by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is a monument of its prophetic vision of Hindavi Swarajya.
This is a preamble before your excursion around Fort Raigad electrifying. She has been described by European historians as 'The Gibralter of East". Various markers have ready the credo of 'Shivtirth'. The sanctuary has become dynamic by the valor, courage and patriotism of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The simple rock wall vertical, torn the sky above, seems provocative and insurmountable. He derives from many a foreign aggression and protects the Hindavi Swarajya during these historic times.
The first time he has seen the place, Shivaji Maharaj could not help exclaiming:
"This fort is great. All sides appear as if chiselled into a mountain of solid rock. Not even a blade of grass grows on the vertical rock pure. He is a paragon of house the throne".
On the foothills near the village Pachad, is Darwaja shit, also called JIT Darwaja. After exhausting foot-the difficult market, you reach Buruj Khoob Station Ladha. It is strategically located, or a turret aggressor attack two flanks could be postponed. Maha DarwajaNearly a mile further, after a raise difficult originates the Maha Darwaja. Built over 350 years ago, this main entrance to the Fort majestically. It is as imposing and stout today, as it was then! The design of this Maha Darwaja is an enigma. He defied the detection of its location to the attacker. Blind Curves enroute make it impossible for the attacker to use the elephants to demolish it. In the battle of those of the historic period, the elephants were used to demolish fort entries.
A steep climb of almost 1450 steps and three and a half hours of extreme demands on your physical endurance, leaves you too exhausted. The mantra magic - Raigad teleferico - has opened a new chapter of visits - the Fort Raigad. It takes you to the top, through the clouds and whistling winds, in only 4 minutes. Gone is its inaccessibility exhausting. Now that you have all the energy and time to enjoy the visit! Well-trained and courteous guides are at hand to offer you a guided tour of the Fort.
Mena DarwajaThe teleferico lands you at the top of the fort near Mena Darwaja. This was the special entry for the royal ladies and Queens. To the left of the Mena Darwaja is the Rani Vasa or "Queens' Chambers". They are six in number and are currently being used by the mother of Shiv Jeeja Chhatrapati - Mata, Putalabai Soyarabai, and other royal ladies.
DarwajaIn Palkhi before the Rani Palkhi Darwaja Vasa is l. A special entry for the convoy of Shivaji Maharaj. On the right side of Mena Darwaja, is the complex of offices of 8 principal secretaries of Shivaji Maharaj. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, there is a row of three rooms dark. Historians consider that these are the granaries of the fort.
To the right of the granaries is the palace of Shivaji Maharaj. It is called the Raj Bhavan, where he administers justice in the small and routine matters. Raj Palace BhavanThe rests on a double plinth and had wooden columns to support the grandiose structure. The Raj Bhavan is a silent witness of joys, pain, anger, triumphs and extraordinary generosity of Shiv Chhatrapati. The baseboard adjoining Raj Bhavan, holds two large water reservoirs and by his side, is the location of the Royal Bath. Excellent drainage system and toiletries highlights the structural design of the time. To the east of Raj Bhavan is in an open space, there is a underground cellar. It has been used for the secret dialogs, worshipping Bhavani Mata and for the storage of spoils of war after the raid of Surat.
The fort has several enormous reservoirs of water, of which one is the picturesque Ganga Sagar. Raj SabhaTwo main entries of the Royal Palace opened in a vast lawn. It is the Raj Sabha. It has been witness to the splendour of the glorious culmination of Shiv Chhatrapati. The shackles of 300 years of slavery were broken and Shivaji Maharaj proclaimed Creation of Hindavi Swarajya! The magnificent throne, studded with diamonds and gold, was based on eight columns of pure gold weighing nearly 1000 kilos. He also bears the emblem royal of Shivaji Maharaj. The parasol above the throne was adorned with strings of precious stones and pearls.
NagarkhanaEntry for common public to Raj Sabha has been through the Nagarkhana. In these moments, the Royal band played here clock tower. It is an excellent example of the architecture and the acoustics miraculous. The distance between "Nagarkhana and the royal throne is over 200 feet, but even the slightest trace can be heard from both ends very clearly.
Holi Cha poorly, is outside of the Nagarkhana. It is a wide open ground used for annual Holi festival. There is a temple of Shirkai Bhavani, a deity presiding over the fort. Opposite of Holi Cha poorly, there is a spacious and well agency to market. It is built on a pedestal high Samadhi of Shiv Chhatrapatiand is separated by a container of 40 feet wide road leading to the Jagadishwar Temple. Adjacent to this temple, is the most revered place Raigad, l on Fort Samadhi of Shiv Chhatrapati. The Samadhi is intact and well maintained, even today, due to the personal initiative of Gangadhar Lokmanya Bal Tilak.
Other places of interest are deposit of munition, Tanki'sTokBara Takmak i.e. more than a dozen large reservoirs of water, Wagh Those arrested included: Rameshwar Mandir, Takmak Darwaja, Tok - a place of execution for the proclaimed criminals, etc. These testify to the valor, courage and the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers who have done Maratha beach Hindavi Swarajya a reality.
latitude : 19.088699340 longitude :72.867897030
Corporation : Mumbai
GPS Code : VABB
Fort Raigad was the capital of the most illustrious sovereign Maratha, nourished by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is a monument of its prophetic vision of Hindavi Swarajya. This is a preamble before your excursion around Fort Raigad electrifying. She has been described by European historians as 'The Gibralter of East". Various markers have ready the credo of 'Shivtirth'. The sanctuary has become dynamic by the valor, courage and patr