माहुली Elevation 850 m (2776 ft)
Mahuli – Highest in Thane Location Shahapur (Thane dist)
In Thane district near Shahpur‐Asangaon we find a group of three mountains – Mahuli,
Bhandargad and Palasgad. Here the nature is so pleasant that we must visit this place
to see the natural beauty. The mountain with many pinnacles is known as Mahuli.
Mahuli is divided into three parts – northern one is Palasgad, Mahuli in the middle and
Bhandargad on the southern end.
The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule of Malik Ahmed
who was the founder of Nijamshahi. When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of
Nijamshahi, Adilshahi and Mughals of Delhi together tried to end Nijamshahi. In the
Nijamshahi Adilshahi and Mughals of Delhi together tried to end Nijamshahi In the
year 1635‐36, in difficult circumstances Shahaji Raje transferred himself with Jijabai
and Shivaji to Mahuli. Khan Jaman, son of Mahabat Khan beleaguered this fort. Shahaji
Raje asked for help to Portuguese. They refused and Shahaji Raje surrendered himself.
Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was
won again by Shivrai. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again.
The Moghal sardar Manohardas Gaud was the in charge of this fort. He did much
construction on the fort. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but
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failed. Thousand of Marathas were killed by Moghals. It was a bad blow to Marathas.
Even after this victory, Manohardas Gaud, the chief of the fort gave up his position and
a new chief Alveerdi Beg was appointed. On 16 June 1670, after two months,
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part of Swarajya.
Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by
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the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,
stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of
Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a
profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among
the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and
crown amidst hills turned mauve.
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