Sahyadri Trekking Group Trek To 'Purandar Fort' on 23rd June 2013

Sahyadri Group’ is Organising a ‘One day trek to ‘Purandar Fort’ on 23rd June…
1) Little information about the Purandar Fort:
Type-Hill fort
Height-4472 feet Above MSL
Grade-Medium
Base Village-Narayanpur
Region-Saswad Region

The earliest known mention of Purandar is in the Yadava era (11th century). The 1000yr old Narayaneshwar temple of Hemadpanthi architecture built by the Yadavas still exists in Narayanpur, the base village of Purandar. After the defeat of the Yadavas by Persian invaders, the territory fell in to the hands of these invaders who further fortified Purandar in 1350. During the early rule of the Bijapur and Ahmednagar kings, Purandar was among the forts directly under Government, and never entrusted to jagirdars (estate-holders).

[2] Sometime under the Bedar kings (1347-1490) the fort was besieged several times. To prevent Purandar fort from falling, a man and a woman were buried alive under one of the fort bastions to appease its patron deity.

[3]Abandoned church, Purandar fort
In 1596, when Bahudar Shah of Ahmednagar sultanate granted Maloji Bhosale(grandfather of Shivaji) Poona and Supa, the fort of Purandar was included as well. In 1646, a 19-year-old Shivaji in one of the first victories of his legendary career, established control in the fort. In 1665, it was besieged by the forces of Aurangzeb, under the command of Mirja Raja Jai Singh, a Rajput general, assisted by Diler Khan, an Afghan. The defense of Purandar by Murarbaji Deshpande of Mhar, the killedar (keeper of the fort) was obstinate and he lost his life in the struggle to retain the fort. Raja Shivaji daunted at the prospect of the fall of his grandfathers fort, signed a treaty (the first Treaty of Purandar) with Aurangzeb. Purandar fort along with Vajragad, Sinhgad and 22 other forts came under the Aurangzeb’s control and Shivaji Raje became his jahagirdar (glorified tenant). This truce did not last long as Shivaji revolted against Aurangzeb and recaptured Purandar only five years later in 1670. Thereafter, Shivaji spent prolonged periods of time here. Sambhaji raje, Shivaji Maharaj’s eldest son and successor was born at Purandar fort.[1][2]

Under the Peshwas, Purandar was a stronghold to which they retreated whenever Pune, their capital, was under attack. Likely because the fort commands a pass through the Sahyadri mountain range. In 1776, a treaty was signed between the British Government and the Maratha States(the second Treaty of Purandar). Its conditions were never fulfilled, being overruled by the subsequent Treaty of Salbai in 1782 between the Bombay Government and Raghunathrao, at the close of the First Anglo-Maratha War.[2]

In 1818, Purandar was invested by a British force under General Pritzler. On the 14th of March, a British garrison marched into Vajragad the smaller fort. As Vajragad commanded Purandar, the commandant had to accept terms and the British flag was hoisted at Purandar on the 16th March, 1818.

It is also said that Purandar is the broken part of the Dronagiri Parvat which Hanuman was carrying in Ramayana.[2]

Temple of the Purandeshwar deity from which Purandar takes its name
During British rule it was used as a prison. A German prisoner Dr. H. Goetz was kept here during World War II. He studied the fort during his stay there and later published a book on it. It major use however was as a sanatorium for British soldiers.[1] has two distinct levels. The lower part is called the machi. North of the machi is a flat area where the cantonment and hospital was housed. There are many temples decicated to Purandareshwar (the fort’s patron god, from which it also takes its name) and Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa here. There is a statue of Murarbaji Deshpande, the fort-commander (killedar) who gave his life to protect the fort from the Mughals. The northern part of the machi has a low fall with several bastions and an imposing gate with two towers.[2]

From the lower level a staircase leads to the upper level or Ballekilla. The first structure of the Ballekilla that comes into view is the Dilli Darwaza. This area also houses an ancient Kedareshwar (Shiva) temple. The higher level called Ballekilla is surrounded by steep drop on three sides.

Current use

2)The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

Meeting point : On 23rdh Jun,Sunday
at Swargate Bus Stand.

Reporting at Swargate Bus Stand.by 6.10 am
Reach Base Village by 9:30am
Breakfast at the Base Village
Start our trek by 10:30 am
Reach the Top, Lunch, Explore n Descend.
Reach the base till 4:00 pm.
Evening Refreshments
Start the return journey, reaching pune by 7 pm tentatively.

3) Trek will Cost only 200 rupees(Including travel cost & snacks.)
Its a great opportunity for all ‘nature-lovers’..
Be a part of us…
And experience d difference!!!!

4)Things to Be carried:
Identity proof (Must),
A bottle of water (At least 1 Ltrs),
Lunch for the day
Napkin, Pair of clothes
Camera (Optional),
Cap, etc.
A good trekking shoes,
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional),

5) For Registration Please Contact on the numbers given below
Contanct-Swapnil Balekar-8149367218
Niranjan khade-8983406305

6)Few rules we would like our participants to follow:
We follow a strict policy of “no trace” trekking, “Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints”.
#Do Not Litter: Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.
#No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol: Smoking cigarette, chewing tobacco or related products and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on the trek. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the trek. NO REFUND will be provided.
#Respect the Heritage: Participants should not deface or damage any monument by writing or scribbling on them. Please help us to conserve and preserve our heritage along with our trek mates.
#Be a group: It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in the group, in the event of any ‘deviation’ by the participant without the consent of the ‘Trek Leader’, he/she/they will be considered as ‘Independent/s’ and will no longer be considered as a part of the group.
#Pay attention: Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; Sahyadri Group India, it’s instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.

Any violation of the above rules will be dealt with seriously, and may involve expulsion from the trek or event, and no refund is admissible in such cases.

Regards,
Sahyadri Group!!!!!

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