Dronagiri Fort Karanj

The chief objects of interest are the ruins on the top of Dronagiri the southern hill. They include the Portuguese fort, the guard house, and the church of Notre Senhora de Penha, and are approached by a long and winding flight of steps. On the slope of the hill are some plain cells now generally filled with water. [For details see Appendix A.] On the east face of the north hill, which is called either Kharavli or Kharpuse, about twenty feet above distillery number five, is a small rock-cut cave (25′ x 24′ x 10′) apparently Buddhist. The front of the cave is supported on two square pillars with pot capitals. Opposite the middle of the entrance, in a rectangular recess in the back wall, nine inches deep, is carved in the rock what looks like a Christian altar, but may be a small relic shrine or daghoba. The cave has signs of whitewash. To the north is a small room about eight feet square with a water cistern about two feet deep.

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