Purandar Fort Trek | forts near around pune |historical places
Routes: From Pune ,the simplest way is to go towards Saswad via Hadapsar.From saswad take a diversion on right,head towards Narayanpur Village using Saswad-Kapurhol-Bhor road.
The visitor timing is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Purandhar fort stands 4,472 ft. above the sea (1,387 m) in the Western Ghats.
It actually consists of two forts – Purandar and Vajragad (or Rudramal). The Vajragad fort is smaller in size and located on eastern side of the main fort.
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).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.The king of Berar then ordered his minister a Esaji Naik Chive to bury a first born son and his wife into the foundation of the bastion. This was promptly done and after a further offering of gold and bricks. When the bastion was finished Esaji Naik was given possession of the fort and the father of the sacrificed boy was rewarded with two villages.
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