Vishalgad Fort Kolhapur

Vishalgad also called Khelna, it was one of the important forts of Shivaji and Maratha Empire. The name ‘Vishalgad’ meaning grand fort in Marathi, was given by Shivaji after annexing it for the Maratha Empire in 1659.The fort is about 1130 meters that is 3630 feet.

Vishalgad fort is located in North-West of Kolhapur Maharashtra. It is 60 kilometers north-west of Panhala fort,76 kilometers North-West of Kolhapur & 18 kilometers south of Kolhapur Ratnagiri road from Malkapur Maharashtra. Vishalgad Fort is located on the hills that divide the region into two parts,
1 part is Amba ghat & another 1 is Anaskura ghat. Vishalgad Fort is placed on the border of Sahyadri ranges and the konkan region. At that time it was Watch tower for both the region.
Vishalgad fort was constructed by the Shilahara king in 1058 & thats why he named it as 'Khilgil'.In July 1660, the fort witnessed Shivaji's escape from the Adilshahi blockade around fort Panhala and the Battle of Pavan Khind. Baji Prabhu Deshpande, Shivaji's experienced General and Rango Narayan Orpe, Shivaji's young officer on the fort defeated Adilshahi troops at Pavan Khind and Gonimooth respectively. After Shivaji's death, Chhatrapati Sambhaji would spend most of his times on the fort.
Vishalgad fort has following sites nearly -
Shri Nrusinha Temple
Sati's Vrindavan
Amruteshwar Temple
Takmak Tok
The Dargah of Hazrat Malik Raihan.
Samadhis built in the memory of Baji Prabhu Deshpande and Phulaji Prabhu Deshpande all these are laid down their lives to protect Chhatrapati Shivaji from the Siddhi Johar while escaping from fort Panhala to Vishalgad.


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