Vijaygarh Fort, Sonbhadra

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The 400 feet tall 5th century Vijay Nagar Fort was constructed by the Kol Kings in Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. It is situated in Mau Kalan village on Robertsganj-Church road approximately 30 kms from Robertsganj. Around half of the area of the fort is filled by steep rocky hills of Kaimer Range.

Some of the unique features of the fort include cave paintings, statues, rock inscriptions and the four perennial ponds that never go dry. The main gate is preceded by a tomb of Muslim saint, Saiyyed Jain-ul-Abdin Meer Sahib popularly called Hazrat Meeran Shah Baba. An ‘urs’ or a fair dedicated to the great saint is held every year in April which draws large crowds of devotees of all faiths.

Two other landmarks located near the fort are the tanks known as Mira Sagar and Ram Sagar. Wedged between them is the Rang Mahal palace which houses beautiful rock carvings.

Kanwarias or the devotees of God Shiva fill their pitchers from Ram Sagar before starting their foot-march to their homes.

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