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  1. 1. िसंहगड Elevation 800 m (2650 ft) Sinhgad – The Lion fort Location Pune
  2. 2. Sinhgad This fort has been referred to as ‘Kundhana ’in a Persian poem named ‘Shahanama‐e‐Hind’, dating back to  1350 A.D. It was called ‘Kondana’ after Sage Kaundinya. The Kaundinyeshwar temple, the caves & the  carvings indicate that this fort had probably been built two thousand years back. Shivaji Maharaj’s father  Shahaji, as Adilshah’s commander, was entrusted with the control of the Pune region.  Shivaji Maharaj, however, refused to accept Adilshahi & initiated the arduous task of setting up Swarajya. In  a clever move he gained control of Kondana in 1647. He bribed Siddi Amber, the Adilshahi Sardar who  controlled the fort and captured it. But, in 1649, it had to be handed over to Adilshah for Shahaji Maharaj’s freedom. Shivaji Maharaj soon captured it back. Unfortunately it went into the hands of the Mughal army  freedom Shivaji Maharaj soon captured it back Unfortunately it went into the hands of the Mughal army chief Mirzaraje Jaysingh, in the year 1665. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj re‐conquered this fort & then it stayed  under Maratha rule till 1689. After Sambhaji’s death the Mughals gained its control. Again in 1693 the  Marathas captured it. Rajaram died on Sinhagad on the 3rd of March 1700 & in 1703 Aurangjeb conquered  it. In 1707, it once again went into the hands of the Marathas & remained with them till 1818, when the  it In 1707 it once again went into the hands of the Marathas & remained with them till 1818 when the British conquered it. Of all the important events associated with this fort, the fort is most well known for the  legendary climb by Tanaji that helped the Marathas to conquer the fort on 4th February 1672.  Since then it has come to be known as Sinhagad. This part of the Maratha history is quite interesting. Tanaji Si h i h b k Si h d Thi f h M h hi i i i i T ji had arrived in the court to invite Shivaji Maharaj for his son’s wedding. Shivaji had escaped from Agra and  reached Rajgad. Tanaji was assigned the job, and he accepted without any hesitation. He reached the base of  the fort in the night. Strong people amongst them climbed the difficult rock‐patch of the fort. It is said these  people used an iguana or Ghorpad t l t l d i Gh d to locate suitable climbing sites in that dark night. There were 500  it bl li bi it i th t d k i ht Th 500 soldiers guarding the fort. The Marathas attacked with full vigour. After a fierce battle between Udebhan and  Tanaji, Tanaji was killed and became a martyr. In such a situation, his brother Suryaji controlled the army and  fought bravely to win the fort. This was the end of a great legend..
  3. 3. Lohgad, Visapur Khadakwasala Malhargad Varasgaon, Panshet Purandar Mahabaleshwar Rohida, Vichitragad Torna (Prachandgad) Rajgad
  4. 4. Rajaram Samadhi MTDC Tilak Banglow Kalavantiniacha Buruj TV Tower Donagiricha (Tanaji) Kada Parking Area  Chorwat Kalyan Darwaja Zunjar Buruj
  5. 5. Parking area
  6. 6. Walk to Sinhgad
  7. 7. Pune Darwaja
  8. 8. Parking area as viewed from Khand Kada
  9. 9. Lokmnaya Tilak banglow
  10. 10. Guest House behind Tilak Banglow
  11. 11. The Caretaker of the Guest House
  12. 12. Dinner of Zunka, Bhakari, Bhaat ani Kanda Anil Deepa Akash Sandesh
  13. 13. Storytime - Anil, Rajeev, Akash and Deepa
  14. 14. Anil with Deepa - with earthen cups of Curd finished during the Dinner
  15. 15. View of Khadakvasala Dam from the backside of Guest House
  16. 16. DEEPA
  17. 17. SANDESH
  18. 18. In memory of Tanaji Malusare who lost his hand when fighting with Udaybhanu
  19. 19. MTDC Guest House
  20. 20. Kalavantin Buruj
  21. 21. We were here in earlier photograph
  22. 22. Zujar Buruj
  23. 23. Chorwat
  24. 24. Donagiricha (Tanaji) Kada
  25. 25. Zunjar Buruj
  26. 26. Zunjar Buruj
  27. 27. Zunjar Buruj
  28. 28. Zunjar Buruj Akash
  29. 29. Sandesh and Akash
  30. 30. ANIL & SANDESH
  31. 31. AKASH
  32. 32. ANIL
  33. 33. Kalyan Darwaja
  34. 34. TV Tower. These can be seen from Pune Bypass Road
  35. 35. Torna & Rajgad
  36. 36. Local villager selling Dahi (Curd)
  37. 37. Deepa and Akash enjoying Dahi Sakhar
  38. 38. Kalyan Darwaja
  39. 39. AKASH
  40. 40. TV Tower
  41. 41. TV Tower Parking area
  42. 42. Dev Take (tank)
  43. 43. Samarth Sthapit Hanuman
  44. 44. Hatti (Elephant) Take (tank)
  45. 45. Amruteshwar Mandir
  46. 46. Entrance to Amruteshwar Mandir
  47. 47. Amruteshwar
  48. 48. The Battle of Sinhagad was a night battle that took place on February 4, 1670 in the fort of Sinhagad. It was fought between Tanaji Malusare, a commander of Maratha king Shivaji and Udaybhan Rathod, fortkeeper under Jai Singh I and Ibrahim Adil Shah I. Tanaji's army won the war but at the cost of Tanaji’s life. Upon hearing the news of the capture of the fort at the cost of Tanaji's life, Shivaji was greatly aggrieved and is said to have remarked, "Gadh aala, pan Sinha gela" - "The fort is gained but the lion is lost". The fort was renamed from Kondana to Sinhagad, in honor of Tanaji.
  49. 49. Veer Tanaji Malusare Smarak
  50. 50. Shri Kondhaneshwar Mandir
  51. 51. Kondhaneshwar (Shiv)
  52. 52. Rajaram Maharaj Samadhi
  53. 53. The Guest House as viewed from Rajaram Samadhi
  54. 54. Lunch at the Guest House
  55. 55. Akash and Deepa spending afternoon painting pictures
  56. 56. Sandesh and Anil having siesta below a tree near the Guest House
  57. 57. A small water tank near Guest House
  58. 58. Bee Eater
  59. 59. MTDC
  60. 60. Khadakwasla Dam
  61. 61. Ganesh Take (tank)
  62. 62. Snake in Ganesh Tank
  63. 63. Ghodyachya Paga (Horse Stable)
  64. 64. Daru Kothar
  65. 65. Return journey
  66. 66. Un spoilt Un hurried Un touched Un confined Un expected Un conquered Un paralleled Un paralleled Un matched Un stressed Un stressed Un limited Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by  g y y 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.