Harischandragad, the hill fort, is a part of the glorious Maratha legacy. It has played a vital role in guarding and controlling the surrounding areas of Malshej Ghat and kothale village. This erstwhile Maratha fort was a part of the Mughal Empire until 1747. The fascinating history of this fort has association with a number of legends, too. This fort receives its name from the Harischandreshwar Temple.
Ancient caves that date back to the Stone Age dot the landscape of this hill fort. The wall carvings indicate the evidence to this fact. We find the mention of these caves in the Puranas. In the 14th Century, great sage Maharshi Changdev(who created the epic Tatvasaa) stayed here and meditated. Visiting this place gives you a chance to explore its history and the unending scenic beauty.
Where history and devotion come together
Come fall in love with the carved sculptors and the intricate artwork of the temple. Carved from a single rock, it is a testimony to the marvelous artistry of the ancient artisans. Built during the medieval times, the architectural grandeur of this hill fort astounds you. River Mangal Ganga originates from the tanks near the Harischandreshwar Temple. Three caves are located near the temple for the visitors to explore.
Give vent to your mystical side
When you move towards the right direction of the Harischandreshwar Temple, you will come across a huge cave that houses the Shiva Linga- it is the Kedareshwar Cave. The unique attraction here is the Linga that is completely surrounded by water. The ice-cold water proves as a deterrent to the enthusiasts interested in swimming to the deity. A large rock with four pillars around the Linga works as a support for this cave.
With rock hard visage that stood the test of time
The robustness and the formidable height of the Hill Fort inspire the visitors. Located in the Junnar region of Malshej Ghat this place is extremely popular with the history enthusiasts and nature lovers, alike.
The vantage point to view the lush surroundings
Taramati (Taramanchi) is the highest point inside the hill fort. From here, you can get a spectacular view of Naneghat Range, Jivdhan, Malshej Ghat, and Kalsubai. If you are lucky, you can spot animals and birds like cheetah, tigers, snakes, flamingoes and swallows.
The challenge that seasoned trekkers love to take
At 3,500 ft., the Konkan Kada peak surely poses a great challenge for the trekkers. Much awaits those with the never say die spirits. Highly visited this is a heaven for the adventure sport enthusiasts. Reaching the peak will lead to unforgettable memories. The scenic beauty that awaits you is breathtaking to say the least. You will be privy to some of the most memorable sunrises and sunsets at this point. Observe nature at its most spectacular moments while basking in the lush surrounding greenery.
Harischandragad is a treasure trove of unending exploration with more temples like the Nageshwar and Saptatirtha, and beautiful lakes. The list simply goes on!!!