Shivneri Fort

About Shivneri Fort
Shivneri Fort is one of main historic land marks of the Maratha Empire as it is the birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji’s father, Shahaji Bhonsle was a general in the army of Adil Shah. Shahaji was quite concerned about the health and safety of his pregnant wife Jijabai as there was a constant warfare going on at that time, which is why he moved his family to the military fortification of Shivneri Fort. Shivneri fort is extremely defensible and it was pretty much impossible for intruders to get to the fort. In order to reach the fort, one has to get through to 7 gates and each of these gates were well protected with anti elephant spikes. There is small temple of the Goddess Shivai Devi, after whome Shivaji was named after. Shivaji was born in Shivneri Fort on 19th February 1630.

There are two water springs located inside the fort knowns as Ganges and Yamuna. These two springs have water at all times and provide the whole castle with water. The Lenyadri caves are also located near Shivneri Fort which are consideres as one of the Ashtavinayak temples in the state of Maharashtra.

Shivneri Fort is located at a distance of 3 km from Junnar which is one of ancient cities of India.

History of Shivneri Fort
Located near Junnar, an ancient city was ruled by Shaka Dynasty at first who were later on defeated by a Satvaahan king. In the 1599 AD this fort was occupied by the Mughals and the fort was granted to Shahaji who later on had to surrender it back to the Mughals, after the birth of his son Shivaji. Shivaji was born in the fort in 1630 and he left the fort in 1632. The fort was taken over by the Mughals in the year 1637 but in the year 1650 some of the local fishermen protested against them who unfortunately were brutally murdered by the Mughal rulers.

In the year 1673 the Marathas made an unsuccessful attempt to capture Shivneri fort. After about 40 years the fort came under the control of Peshwas who were the rulers of the Maratha Empire at that time.

Attractions of Shivneri Fort

  • There are statues of Jijabai (mother of Shivaji Maharaj, wife of Shahaji Bhonsle) and young Shivaji in Shivneri Fort. People go to visit this fort and the statues every year as sign of respect for Shivaji Maharaj.
  • The two water springs Ganga and Jamuna at the fort are also the reason to visit this fort.
  • There is also a water reservoir at the fort called as Badami Talav.
  • The famous Lenyadri Ganesh Temple is very close to Shivneri Fort.
  • A view of the Konkan platue
  • Jivdhan fort
  • Shivai Devi temple

Getting there –
Shivneri Fort is located near Junnar and one must pass through Junnar to get there. From the Junnar bus stand it only takes a 5 to 10 mins by bus to the village. From the village you will have to trek your way all the way to the fort. It is not going to be easy but it is not too difficult either.

How to reach Shivneri Fort from Pune – There are buses available in Pune Swargate or Shivaji Nagar bus stand that take you to Junnar. From Junnar you will know what to do. Distance from Pune is 125 km.

How to reach Shivneri Fort from Mumbai – There are buses as well as trains available from Mumbai to Junnar. From junnar take a bus to the trekking point which will take you about 10 minutes. Distance from Mumbai is 160 km.

Food
It is best to just carry some food while going to the fort as there is not any places available where you will get food. You might find a few vendors or food stalls but it is most recommended to carry food.

Best time to visit Shivneri Fort is any time but summer as it will be too hot to be trekking.

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