The incredible Sindhudurg Fort

Sindhudurg Fort
The incredible Sindhudurg fort is the pride of Malvan and entire Konkan. The fort is located near Malvan beach, just one kilometer from Malvan city on a rocky island called Kurte. When Shivaji’s attempts to conquer the island fort of Janjira near Alibag were turned unsuccessful he built this fort in 1667. Nearly one hundred Portuguese architects were called from Goa to guide the construction of this fort. The fort is located on a spacious forty eight acres of land with as many as forty two bastions. The fort can be approached from the Malvan pier by boat.

Sindhudurg Fort Entrance
It still preserves the palm and footprint of Shivaji at the entrance. Another spectacle in the fort is the temple of Shivaji, the only one of its kind through out the country. Chatrapati Shivaji’s younger son Rajaram built this temple. Surprisingly Shivaji’s idol stands in a boatman’s attire inside the temple that too without beard. There are temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev and Jarimiri in the vicinity. The three sweet water wells in the fort amidst Arabian Sea which never dry is a great surprise for the visitors. Another surprise is the branched coconut tree.

Shivaji Temple at Sindhudurg

The forts construction reflects Shivaji’s wisdom as a great warrior and a ruler with great vision. He appointed the most reliable Hiroji Indulkar to supervise the construction of this fort. Every care was taken to make the fort strong enough. There is a hidden passage in a temple which resembles like a reservoir. The passage travels a pretty three km distance under the fort and comes out in a nearby village which was meant for taking away the women in case of enemy attack.
 

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