Saturday, February 10, 2007

SINHAGAD.....

We were in Talegaon for 3 days 26th , 27th and the 28th .
As we spent the whole of 26th at Talegaon we decided we would spend the next day at Sinhagad the fort which we never had got the opportunity to visit .
I had seen a program on TV which featured the Sinhagad and since then I had been anxious to visit the place.
Sinhagad is about 35 kms form Talegaon.


MEMORIAL TO TANAJI ON THE TOP OF SINHAGAD FORT (this photo source-wikipedia)

SINHAGAD means a “the fort of the lion”

Sinhgad (Marathi: सिंहगड) meaning Lion Fort, is a fort located at about 25 kms from city of Pune .It is situated on a hill which rises 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. The fort's location has been strategically important since at least the 14th century and has been the site of many important battles. One of the more famous battles was the recapturing of the fort by Tanaji Malusare, a general for Shivaji in March of 1670.

SCENIC VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE SINHAGAD FORT

HISTORY :

Tanaji uses a Giant Monitor Lizard to climb up the sheer steep fort wall
Shivaji's general Tanaji Malusare used Shivaji’s famous pet monitor lizard which is locally known as ghorpad named "Yeshwanti" with a rope tied around its waist for climbing up the walls of the Sinhagad fort from it’s steepest and the least guarded side in the dead of a moonless night during the Battle of Sinhagad. Once he had scaled up himself after the giant lizard, up the sheer steep cliff unnoticed, he threw down rope ladders for others to climb. Common Indian Monitor (Varanus bengalensis) found locally in present day Maharashtra is the species of Monitor Lizard said to have been used which is also known as ghorpad in Marathi.
Ghorpads are famous for their ability to cling to smooth surfaces, and were traditionally trained for this purpose by herders in the area.

"The fort is gained, but the lion is lost"
In the ensuing battle, Tanaji was killed, but the fort was successfully captured by his troops. Shivaji, upon hearing the news of the capture of the fort at the cost of Tanaji's death, was greatly aggrieved and is said to have remarked, "The fort is gained, but the lion is lost". Hence the fort, which was called Kondana till then, was renamed to Sinhagad, or The Lion's Fort.

The once extensive fortification is now in ruins, but visitors can still get a sense as to how the fort may have appeared as an active military outpost. It is a popular weekend destination for many residents of Pune. The site also houses a memorial to Tanaji as well as the tomb of Raja ram, Shivaji's younger son, who also died here.
The fort is also part of training at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the cradle of military leadership in India.

You have to climb around 200 steps to reach the top , i was so engrossed climbing that i forgot to click some more photos for my friends.

{information source wikipedia and some other sites}

2 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Nice place and landscapes!...

Mahek said...

hi
Rosa
Thanks for visiting my blog and appreciating it.