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Murud Janjira: An Undefeated Fort in Maharashtra

By: Akshatha

Murud Janjira Fort is one among the various scenic destinations of Maharashtra. It is an island with a fort built by the Siddis in 17th century.

It came under the attacks of various forces like Portuguese, Marathas, British, etc. The fort remained an undefeated treasure of Siddis along the Western coast of Maharashtra.

Murud is one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai and this fort is the most visited tourist spot here.

Murud Janjira can only be reached through sail boats from Rajpuri Jetty. The 21 bastions are visible from a long distance and the entrance can only be seen near the fort.

Mumbai is around 165km from Murud and people just love to visit this picturesque destination. Once a living fort, Murud Janjira had all the necessary facilities like fresh water lakes, palaces, mosques, etc.

Inside the fort, only few structures like the palace of Nawabs, some ponds and a few cannons are in good shape. Still Murud Janjira is worth visiting for its rustic charm and location.

One can also get some splendid images of the majestic bastions, fort and the view of the Arabian sea.

Let us take a tour around this invincible architecture in Murud!

An Overview of Murud Janjira
  

An Overview of Murud Janjira

The fort which is spread across 22 acres, is situated in Murud of Raigadh district.
Photo Courtesy: Ishan Manjrekar

Entrance of the Fort
  

Entrance of the Fort

The main entrance can only be seen near the fort and the sailboats take the tourists till this main gate of Murud Janjira.
Photo Courtesy: Vikas Rana

The Majestic Bastions
  

The Majestic Bastions

There are around 21 bastions surrounding the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Himanshu Sarpotdar

 The Palace of Nawabs
  

The Palace of Nawabs

It is one of the few buildings inside, which is surviving in a better condition.
Photo Courtesy: Damitr

Cannons
  

Cannons

It is believed that, the fort was guarded by 500 big cannons. Today, only few among them remains in Murud Janjira.
Photo Courtesy: Vikas Rana

Highest View Point in Janjira
  

Highest View Point in Janjira

Originally, a small fort called 'Medhekot', which was built by Maratha chieftain Rajaram Patil in 15th century.
Photo Courtesy: Pratik Tolia

 Kalak Bangadi
  

Kalak Bangadi

It is the 3rd largest cannon in India and the biggest among the cannons in the Janjira fort.
Photo Courtesy: Sidthecool007

Sculpture on the Main Gate
  

Sculpture on the Main Gate

This sculpture of a tiger crushing 6 elephants symbolizes the power of Siddis over the other rulers who attacked them.
Photo Courtesy: Damitr

Archways
  

Archways

These window like archways in the bastions held cannons to fight against the enemies.
Photo Courtesy: Damitr

A Pond inside Murud Janjira
  

A Pond inside Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira had all the provisions like buildings, fresh water lakes, etc. as it was a living fort.
Photo Courtesy: Dr. Raju Kasambe

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