Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was one of the greatest rulers in the Indian history and his reign was considered to be the most golden time of the Maratha Empire.
It was during his time that many forts were built and also acquired in Maharashtra. Hence we can find several forts dotted across the state. Interestingly, some of them are also marine forts that played an integral role in the Maratha Empire.
The Vijaydurg Fort is one among the defence forts that was invaded and revamped by Chhatrapati Shivaji.Today, the Vijaydurg Fort is one of the important attractions in Sindhudurg district. This was once a marine fort (surrounded by sea on all sides); however, later a road was constructed to connect it to the mainland. Now, the Vijaydurg Fort is surrounded by the sea on three sides.
Located on the coast of Sindhudurg, this amazing fort is said to be one of the impregnable forts of all times.Have a look at this photo tour of Vijaydurg Fort and know a lot more interesting things about this ancient heritage.
Sultanate to Maratha Rule
Earlier, Vijaydurg Fort was called as Gheriya when it was under Adil Shah of Bijapur Sultanate. Later, it was invaded by Shivaji's brigade and renamed it as Vijaydurg - the Victory Fort.
The Vijaydurg Fort is situated on the coast of Arabian sea in Devgad Taluk of Sindhudurg. It is also one of the coastal forts in Maharashtra.
The Marathas used Vijaydurg Fort as a prominent location for the Maratha warship. The fort which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and Kharepatan Creek made it even more difficult for the invaders. Hence, the British called it as the 'Eastern Gibraltar'.
One popular legend about the Vijaydurg Fort is that it is only one among the two forts where Chhatrapati Shivaji himself hoisted the Saffron Flag.
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Vijaydurg Fort is said to be one of the oldest forts in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is also one of the marine forts that is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
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Fall Of Vijaydurg
The Maratha empire was in shambles after the death of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The Vijaydurg Fort was under constant attack by the local kingdoms as well as the British. Finally, the British took it from the Marathas and gave to the Peshwas as per a treaty they had agreed on.
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