Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sindhudurg

Sindhudurg is one of the few forts which were constructed by Shivaji Maharaj. This was constructed by him in 1664. Shivaji Maharaj had looted Surat and that money was used to build this fort. The island on which the fort stands was known as "Kurte". It was rocky island in Arabian sea off the Malvan shore. Sindhudurg was built to keep the British, Siddhis and the Portuguese in check by Maratha navy.
The foundation of the fort has been laid in molten lead this has provided the robustness to the fortification of the fort. The main entrance is concealed in such a way that it is difficult to point at from outside sea shore. The fort has fortification of about 3 km length with many bastions on it. There are drinking water reservoirs on the fort.
 There is footprint and hand impression of Shivaji Maharaj on the fort. These impressions were taken in lime at the time of construction of the fort Sindhudurg. Below are the pics of the fort Sindhudurg.
Sindhudurg

Way to Main Entrance of Sindhudurg

Way to Main Entrance

Main Entrance
Inside view of main entrance
Jarimari Temple
There is a coconut tree with branch on the Sindhudurg. Generally coconut trees don't have branches. Below is the pic of the tree. This was hit by lightning a couple of years ago.
Coconut tree with branch on Sindhudurg
Below is the pic of Shivrajeshwar Mandir, the temple of Shivaji Maharaj. This was constructed by Chhatrapati Rajaram.
Shivrajeshwar Mandir ; Temple of Shivaji Maharaj
Water reservoir

Water reservoir

Remains of  buildings
Fortification

Fortification of Sindhudurg
Fortification of Sindhudurg

Fortification of Sindhudurg



Fortification

Fortification of Sindhudurg
Fortification of Sindhudurg

Fortification

Fortification of Sindhudurg

Footprint of Shivaji Maharaj

Hand impression of Shivaji Maharaj
Fortification of Sindhudurg

Fortification of Sindhudurg

Fortification of Sindhudurg









2 comments:

  1. Hi..Thanks for sharing detailed information about Sindhudurg port, which is built on the island off the Malvan shore. Malvan was a small fishing hamlet, just one of the many on the Konkan coast, before the mercurial Marathas breathed life into it. For tourists, there are plenty of hotels in Malvan.

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  2. If you are looking for the Sindhudurg fort, then the town to head for is Malvan. Sindhudurg is a town in the general area but it is a whole 15 km away from the fort.

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