Sunday, June 27, 2010

Raigad the King's fort

Raigad is one of the most safe and most tough forts. It is known since 11th century. It is known by about 11 names, some of these are: Raigad, Rairi, Tanas, Rashiwata, Nandadeep etc.
Raigad is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The area was known as Jawali, in 16th century which was very dense forest and was
under kingdom of Adilshaha. Chandrarao More was subordinate of Adilshaha who used to rule the region. At that time the fort was known by the name Rairy. In 1656 King Shivaji seized this fort from Chandrarao More in a battle and later renamed to Raigad.
Coronation (Rajyabhishekh) of Shivaji Maharaj was one of the most important event in the history of India which took place on Raigad. Henry Oxenden was present at the function in behalf of British East India Company. Other incidents include escape of Chhatrapati Rajaram (son of Shivaji Maharaj) to Jinji on March 25, 1689.
there are many place of historical reference are here some of these are tomb (samadhi) of Shivaji Maharaj, market, palace, royal court of Shivaji Maharaj, a temple of god Shiva
(Jagdishwar Mandir). There are some reservoirs these are Hathi Talab, Gangasagar Talab, Kushavart Talab etc. Other are Hirkani buruj, Khub lada buruj, Chitta Darawaja, towers in the palace. Takmak tok and Bhawani tok are among the attractions of the fort.
Most of the constructions on the fort were destructed by a division of British artillery in 19th century. So the fort contains only remains of the glorious history.
  • Geographical Place:
Raigad is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is about 23km from Mahad, which is on Mumbai- goa highway. Pachad village is situated at the base of Raigad. The altitude of the fort is about 820m (2700 ft) above sea level.
  • How to go?:
Pachad is the base station for Raigad. In order to go to Pachad you have to reach Mahad. Here are some of the routes you may feel useful.

  1. From Pune: Pune---->Bhor---->Varandha Ghat---->Mahad---->Pachad---->Raigad
  2. From Mumbai: Mumbai---->Mahad ---->Pachad---->Raigad
  3. From Kolhapur: Kolhapur ---->Karad ---->Chiplun ---->Poladpur ---->Mahad ---->Pachad---->Raigad
  • When to visit? : The fort can be visited in any season of the year, but the most suitable time is after rainy season. It is most appropriate to visit from October to June, but people visit the fort throughout the year.
Time being Raigad is developing as a most holy historical place. The facility of roap-way is also available there. Please visit the fort atleast once. Here are some pics of the fort.
Tomb (Samadhi) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Entrance of Palace

Jagdishwar Mandir
Main Entrance of Raigad

Mahadarwaja(Main Entrance) from Takmak tok

Palace on Rajgad

Rajsadar (Royal court) on Raigad

Remains of buildings on Raigad

Takmak tok
The Takmak tok is the most exciting place on the Raigad
Place of coronation of Shivaji Maharaj


  1. i ever seen before.. Maharajana manacha mujara

  2. Good post on Raigad fort. It is most famous and safe fort in Maharashtra. The most important event in this fort is ‘Rajyabhishek’ of shivaj Maharaj. Know more about this Fort or any other fort at

  3. Great read. Once the capital of Maratha King, Shivaji, Raigad is a hill fortress situated near Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra. The fort can be accessed both by a cable car or by climbing around 1,500 steps. Click here to know more about Rajgad fort.

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