ूबळगड Elevation 707 m (2320 ft)
Prabalgad – The largest Location Panvel
Prabalgad is a fort located in between Matheran and Panvel, visible from the Mumbai
Pune expressway. The fort is located at an elevation of 2300 feet in the Sahyadri
mountains. It is located on a plateau very close to Matheran, but unlike Prabalgad fort
does not have a good source of water supply. It was known as Muranjan until it was
taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule.
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Around 1458 Malik Ahmad, prime minister of the kingdom of Ahmednagar, took over
the fort during his conquest of Konkan. The fort was conquered by Shivaji from
Mughals in the year 1658. After establishing himself in Kalyan‐Bhivandi area, Shivaji's
forces attacked the fort then governed by Kesar Singh, a Mughal sardar. On seeing the
signs of defeat Kesar Singh along with all the ladies in the fort committed suicide to
save themselves from being dishonoured in the hands of enemy. Inspite of Kesar
Singh's orders, his mother hid herself along with her grandchild. Shivaji in an act of
kindness made sure the lady and the kid were allowed a safe passage.
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In the year 1826 Umaji Naik, a freedom fighter, and his associates are believed to have
made this as their home for a brief period of time.
This is the route we
used to climb down
visited part of
We climbed from
behind the temple
Hanuman Temple in Thakurwadi
where we stayed at night
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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