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Janjira Fort

Janjira Fort

Description :

The Murud-Janjira fort is located on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It was conquered by the siddis and is known for being the only fort along India’s Western coast that persist undefeated despite Dutch, Maratha and English India Company contends. This Fort derives its name from the Arabic word Jazirah which means an island and is situated three kilometers deep inside the sea with the town of Alibaugh to its south. The fort is a concatenation of the Konkani and the word “morod” is characteristic to Konkani and is absent in Marathi.

The people believed that the emperors of Ahmednagar constructed the fort in the 15th century. Despite the destroy of wind and tide, the fort is almost entirely undamaged. This 300-year old fort is famous for its extraordinary architecture. Murud-Janjira is credibly the only of its kind one the 720km Maharashtra coastline. This structure was later destroyed by Pir Khan, the common of the Nizamshah of Ahmednagar to make way for hard impenetrable stone fort which was built by Buran Khan, a minister of the Nizam. And was further fortified by Malik Ambar, the Abyssinian siddi regent of the Ahmednagar kings.

A fusion of Gothic and Mughal architecture, the fort covers across an area of 22 acres. The visitors have to travel to the coastal village of Rajapuri to obtain access inside the fort. A little boat rides from the village takes you to the main entrance of the Janjira Fort. The fort is about 40 ft Large has 19 round porches, some of which still have discharge mounted on them. The Persian inscriptions and stone carvings feature the main entrance of the fort which spreads the entrance walls. As you enter the fort, you respond a room like design on the right side of the main entrance called ‘Peer Panchayatan’ which houses a few carves in the front yard. Walk down further along the coastline and you come around a stable from where you can see the 3 storied palaces, the highest structure inside the fort. The western side of the fort represents a small door which was used as an emergency exit in the later years. Other highlights of the fort add the ruins of the mosque and the pure water is approximately 20 meters in diameter.

Near the fort one can view the interesting places in close vicinity of the fort which are worth diagnose like the janjira caves and padmadurg fort. The latter was constructed by shivaji to the north west of janjira and hence offers a stunning scene of the island fort. It is believed that as shivaji was unable to occupy janjira, he decided to construct this fort instead. The adjacent beaches of Kashid and Nadgaon are also worth watching. The Mumbai is the nearest airport is Mumbai (165 km), and the nearest railway station is at Roha. Daily ferry services are provided from ferry wharf up to rewas (23km). The visitors need to take a bus via Alibag and chaul after Rewas.and also regular Catamarans from the Gateway of India in Mumbai going up to Mandwa.