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Shivaji Maharaj’s Illustrious Fort History
Shivaji Maharaj’s Illustrious Fort History
 
 
The founder of Maratha Empire – Shivajiraje Bhosale, more popularly known as “Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj” was well recognized and acknowledged for his forts. The Marathas held about 370 forts at the time of his death in 1680. Some of these existed before him but many others were built and created by him from the scratch.
 
His strategic vision of capturing or creating forts at specific geographical locations was the very foundation of his kingdom and war tactics. His selection of sites for the construction of his forts demonstrates his foresight as a king.“Raigad” – one of his forts was also his capital – the place of his throne, during the later part of his reign. It was this fort where he was coroneted as “Chhatrapati”.
The fortifications and architecture of his forts is well appreciated by researches, scholars, historians and architects alike in India and abroad. . Double line fortification was a distinct feature of most of his forts. The designs of his forts were not exactly similar and changed with the topography and in harmony of the contour. One would never find lavish or decorative palaces or dance floors or gardens for luxury, but on the contrary the forts were built for military convenience and had the comfort of essential requirements nevertheless. There was not much difference in the area of higher or lower ranks in these forts and Shivaji Maharaj was a staunch believer of equality and despised discrimination.
This blog will feature stories and articles about Shivaji Maharaj’s forts in and outside Maharashtra.
 
 
All these forts can be broadly categorized into GiriDurg – the hill forts, JalDurg - the sea forts, BhuDurg- the forts built on flat lands, Vandurg – the forest forts, GavhraDurg – the cave forts and KardamDurg - the fort is built in a mud or a marshy land. Shivaji Maharaj was a people’s king – the learned one (Jaanata Raja) and hence encouraged community participation in the building and defence of his forts. The administration of his forts itself can be a discipline of research and study. These forts can be looked upon as havens built to safeguard the dynasty and its mark on the pages of history.

दुर्ग लोहगड

दुर्ग लोहगड
लोहगड अपने निसर्ग सौंदर्य की वजह से पर्यटकों का आकर्षण केंद्र रहा है मगर यदि इसका इतिहास देखा और समझा जाए तो ऐतिहासिक दृष्टिकोण से भी यह दुर्ग उतना ही महत्त्व रखता है | दुर्ग प्रेमियों को यहाँ का इतिहास जानकर ही यहाँ जाने की कोशिश करनी चाहिए |
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दुर्गराज - छत्रपती शिवाजीमहाराज

दुर्गराज - छत्रपती शिवाजीमहाराज
शिवाजीमहाराज ने दुर्ग शिवनेरी पर जन्म लिया और दूसरे दुर्ग रायगढ़ में अपना देह-त्यागा| उन्होंने इन दुर्गों को जीतने, बनवाने व सँवारने में अपनी संपूर्ण ऊर्जा लगाई| शिवाजीमहाराज ने दुर्ग शिवनेरी पर जन्म लिया और दूसरे दुर्ग रायगढ़ में अपना देह-त्यागा| उन्होंने इन दुर्गों को जीतने, बनवाने व सँवारने में अपनी संपूर्ण ऊर्जा लगाई|
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