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Naneghat FORT History

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but that it originally belonged to Western Maharashtra is proved by its earliest inscriptions which have been discovered at Naneghat near Junnar and near Nasik. The Puranas call it Andhra because they were ruling in Andhra when the Puranic account of the dynasty was compiled in the third century A.D.

The Pandavas, having performed their pilgrimage on the 13th year had settled in the adjoining territory of the Ratnagiri district and when the Pandavas and the Kauravas had the famous war at Kurukshetra, the Raja of this region, Veer at Ray had accompanied them there [An inscription in Naneghat also records that the statute which stands there is of Yira who is called Maharathagranika, that is, the leader of the great heroes or the leader of the Marathas. Bhandarkar maintains that Virben Abhir was the son of Damari and Shivdutta-Bhandarkar (Bapat), 99. Mahabharat was translated from the original Sanskrit into Persian verse by Sheikh Abdul Fazl, the son of Sheikh Mubarak by order of Akbar, the emperor of Delhi. Mahomed Kasim Ferishta made abstracts of the work- Briggs, Ferishta, I, Lix. Bakhle, 89 (for Karad region).

karni defeated Nahapana and annexed the southern provinces of the Ksaharata dominion. In the inscriptions found in caves at Naneghat (near Junnar), this king is described as ‘Khakharatvamsaniravsesakala’, i.e., the person who uprooted the entire family of Ksatrapas and ‘Sakayavanapallavanisudana.’, i.e., the destroyer of Sakas, Yavanas and Pallavas.

Satakarni belonged to the Satavahana family. This family derived its name from king Satavahana, [Ibid., Vol III, pp. 1 f.] who rose to power soon after the death of Asoka and had his capital at Pratisthana (Paithan in the Aurangabad district). It received support from the local rulers called Maharathis, with whom it formed matrimonial alliances. This dynasty is called Andhra in the Puranas, but that it originally hailed from Western Maharastra is indicated by its earliest inscriptions which are found in the caves at Naneghat near Junnar and at Nasik. Its earliest coins have been found at Aurangabad and in Vidarbha. In later times it extended its rule to Andhra as shown by its later inscriptions and coins found in that region.


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