KANGORI Fort History – Mangalgad Fort History

Kangori, or Mangalgad Fort (T. Ma had: 18°00′ N 73°30′ E;. p. 130; RS. Mumbra. 110 m.) is in the Mahad taluka about eleven miles east by south from Mahad town. The fort is built on the top of a steep and treeless spur of the Sahyadris, 2,475 feet high, and is reached by a narrow and rugged path about two miles long. The fort is 1,485 feet from east to west and 264 from north to south. The buildings are mostly ruined, the gateway is out of repair, and of the rampart only a part remains. Within the rampart is a ruined temple and a rock-cut cistern, but no building of any size or interest. Kangori was one of the seven forts captured by Sivaji in 1648. [Grant Duff’s Marathas, Vol. I,111.] It was the place of confinement Citursing the brorner of the Raja of Satara, from 1812 till his death in 1818. [Grant Duff’s Marathas, Vol. II, 443 and note. An insurretcion was for several years maintained in Chitursing’s favour, and Prachitgad and other forts taken. Grant Duff’s Marathas, Vol. I, p.III.] In 1817 Cornets Hunter and Morrison, two English officers on the Madras establishment, on their way from Hyderabad to Pooha with a small escort were caught at Uruli twenty miles east of Pooha, and imprisoned in this fort. Some time after by Bapu Gokhale’s orders, they were removed to Vasota in Satara, and, on the reduction of that fort in April 1817, they were restored to freedom. [ Pcndhari and Maratha Wars, 122, 129, 209, Grant Duff, Vol. IT, 518. Kangori was at that time called ‘Gokhale’s fort of Kangori.] In 1818 Kangori was taken by Colonel Prother, after the fall of Rayagad. [Maratha and Pendhari Wars, 300. Old Kolaba Gazetteer (1883), Appendix p. 471-72.]

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