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Purandar Fort Poetry

Purandar Fort Poetry

The poetry written above in Marathi is a nice description of Purandar fort, located in Maharashtra state of India. Poetry gives you the idea about geographical and structural importance of fort. Somehow the meaning of poetry is,

Purandar fort is just like any another normal fort but still it is a special one. Fort looks like so many huge mountains has been kept on each other with so many rock patches. On the edge of rock patches fort wall has been built. Inside the fort wall, there is Balekilla(central part of fort) with total twenty four Buruj(place made for observation) where Shendrya Buruj is the highest among all. It feels like Shendrya Buruj has touched to the sky. Inside the Balekilla so many warriors will show their bravery with sword just like so many kite birds are soaring in sky.

I don’t have any idea about the poet of the poem mentioned above. In 2008, there was a Marathi TV serial based on “Emperor Shivaji”, where the leading role was played by a Marathi Actor Dr. Amol Kolhe. In one of the episode of this serial I found these lines of poetry.

Purandar Fort Entrance

Purandar Fort Entrance

In this article, I am going to give you some introductory information about the Purandar Fort. I also have written some little information about Purandar in my one of the previous posts about best forts around Pune City. Purandar is located In Pune District of Maharshtra, India. From Pune City, Purandar fort is around 50 Km away. To plan a trip here you must have your own vehicle. Entry is restricted after 5 pm as fort is under the control of India Army. You can plan a best one day return trip from Pune City and if you have to stay here then Saswad is the closest city. Vajragad is a fort located very close to Purandar fort. You can visit here as well if you planned for a stay trip. I have not seen Vajragad yet.

Statue of Murarbaji Deshpande at the base of Purandar

Statue of Murarbaji Deshpande at the base of Purandar

If you look back in the history of Maratha Empire then you will find that Purandar is one of the valuable forts.  Purandar was one of those forts captured by Shivaji during the beginning of his legendary career. It is the birthplace of Sambhaji who was the son of Emperor Shivaji and second Chatrapati of Maratha Empire. Purandar fort is known for the historical battle of Marathas against Mirja Raje Jaising who was a Rajput general, working for Aurangazeb. While Jaising attacked on Purandar fort, then Murarbaji Deshpande was the Maratha commander who fought hard to retain the fort. But unfortunately he lost his life while fighting against Mughal army. According to treaty of Purandar Shivaji gave his 23 forts along with Purandar to Aurangazeb. It was a big loss for Maratha Empire but after within some years Shivaji captured and brought all of the 23 forts back. He won the Purandar as well after around 5 years of treaty.

I have visited Purandar just once yet and I would definitely love to be there again. If you plan a long trip then you can visit Vajragad Fort as well. If you plan to travel by national highway 4 then you can also visit an ancient temple of lord shiva and another temple of lord Datta in Narayanpur village.

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