Shivneri Forts In Maharashtra is one of the most magnificent as well as historically rich forts of India. It is situated at a distance of approximately 90 km from the Pune city of Maharashtra. The fort dates back to the time period when Shivaji was not even born yet. Shivneri Fort was built under the aegis of Sahaji, the father of Shivaji, who wanted a strong fortification that could protect his family from the enemies. In fact, Jijabai (Shivaji’s mother) spent the days of her pregnancy here and it was here only that Shivaji Maharaj was born, in the year 1627.
Almost the entire childhood of Shivaji was spent playing inside the compound of the fort. He received most of his basic education here only and the lessons he learned here were responsible, to quite an extent, in shaping his personality as a great ruler. Apart from its connection with Chhatrapati Shivaji, the fort is also quite popular for its magnificent architecture. To make the Shivneri Fort enemy proof, Sahaji ordered the construction of seven massive gates. One has to go through all the seven to gain entrance into the fort.
Badami Talav, a small pond situated in the heart of the fort, is one of its most endearing features. In the vicinity of the pond is a magnificent statue of Jijabai, along with her son Shivaji. There are a number of structures near the Shivneri Fort that are worth having a look at. Amongst them is a temple dedicated to Goddess Shivani. The local people of the area believe that Shivaji was named so, after the Goddess only. Then, there are the splendid Nane Ghat and the Jivdhan Fort. So, whenever you visit Pune, make sure to pay a visit to the historical fort also.
Some Facts About Shivneri Fort
In earlier times, the fortress of the king who was as powerful and great was equally amazing and defeating the enemy. The kings used to build their forts with the special technique that the enemy could not climb it and could not climb the fort wall. Now not only the kings of that time, but we get to read their bravery in books, but their fort and palace are still seen even today, the strength and carving of these forts today only makes us think how many scholars and brave people were Who built forts that have stood unbroken for hundreds of years today.
Today we are talking about the Shivneri Fort where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won many forts during his lifetime and did not even build many forts, but all of them have special significance for Shivneri Fort because it is their birthplace. The historic Shivneri Fort is located near Junnar village in Pune, Maharashtra and is now a major tourist destination. Junnar leads the way through the village to visit the fort. There are also many gates to enter the fort. Tanaji Malusare garden is also built here which attracts people with its greenery. Shivneri Fort is situated at a very high height, so the view around the fort is also very beautiful.
The fort has a special place called Shiva Janmasthan where Shivaji was born. Wearing slippers and shoes is prohibited at this place. There is a statue of Shivaji at the place of birth and a cradle is kept next to it, but this place is closed and it is opened only for some special guests. This gate is opened on the birthday of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and it is done by shaking the cradle to complete a ritual. There is a small pond in the center of the fort called Badami Talab. The pond contains sweet water and it lasts for the whole year.
In fact, when Shivaji's father Shahaji was a general in the army of Sultan Adilshah, he often had to go to war, but when Jijabai became pregnant, Shahaji began to worry about him, so Shahaji sent Jijabai to Shivneri Fort. Shivneri Fort is surrounded by rocks in all the ways, so there was no danger of enemies here.
Mata Jijabai gave birth to a child on 19 February 1630 in the fort itself. There was a temple of Mata Shivai inside the fort after which Mata Jijabai named her son Shivaji. Shivaji conquered many forts with his intelligence and bravery. Sultan Adil Shah also considered the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's name is taken with great pride among the Hindu rulers.