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Sinhagad, Sinhgarh, or Sinhgad (The Lion's Fort, Sinha = Lion, Gad = Fort), is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune, in Maharashtra, India. Previously called Kondhana, the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the battle of Sinhagad in 1670. It was also strategically located at the centre of a string of other forts such as Rajgad, Purandar and Torna.

Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, it rises 1312 metres above sea level. Given natural protection by its very steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places; it has two gates – the Kalyan Darwaza (gate) in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.

This fort has had quite a long history. It was called 'Kondana' after the sage Kaundinya. The Kaundinyeshwar temple, the caves and the carvings indicate that this fort had probably been built two thousand years ago. It was captured from the Koli tribal chieftain, Nag Naik, by Muhammad bin Tughlaq, the Turkic Sultan of Delhi, in 1328 AD. Witness to many bloody battles, the fort changed hands between the Adil Shahi rulers of Bijapur, the Mughals and the Marathas. It was conquered by the last of the great Mughal emperors, Aurangzeb, in 1703 and recaptured by the Marathas in 1706, who retained its possession till 1818 when the British conquered it after a three month long battle. One of the most famous battles for Sinhgad was fought in March 1670 by Tanaji Malusare, a general of the Maratha emperor Shivaji, against the Mughals. Tanaji lost his life in the fierce battle when his brother Suryaji took over and captured Sinhagad.

The view is from the Kalyan Darwaja with the narrow pathway leading to one of the ruind bastions, of which, I have posted a closer view as Workshop.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 1 N: 439] (3025)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-10
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/6.4, 1/320 seconds
  • More Photo Info: view
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-19 1:40
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