I am Purandar Fort located 4472 ft. above the sea level in the Western Ghats. I am just 40 kilometers from south-east of Pune. Tourists find me riveting because of my structure. I have two distinct levels.
The lower part is called ‘Machi.’ I enshrine many temples dedicated to Purandareshwar. In fact, I have received my name from this Holy Spirit. Another attraction is the statue of Murarbaji Deshpande who was the fort commander and sacrificed his life to protect me from the Mughals.
There are several bastions towards the north along with a grand gate with two towers. My upper level is known by the name of ‘Ballekilla.’ Tourists are mesmerized by the beauty of Dilli Darwaza, an archaic and odd structure, also known as Delhi Gate.
I have a beautiful Shiva temple as well. This is a very old possession of mine and is also known as Kedareshwar temple.
My historical significance is also very intriguing as I came into existence as long as in the 13th century. There were some walls and bastions built around me in the 14th century by the Bahamani Sultans. I felt very happy when the great Maratha ruler Shivaji established control over me in 1646 A.D. However, the mighty Mughals besieged me in 1665 A.D. and took control over me. Shivaji recaptured me in 1670 A.D.
The tourists love to trek to come in my abode. The best part is that the trekking is not so difficult and it takes only a couple of hours to reach me. This is a fun time for the trekkers as they experience some of the adventurous moments while trekking. Once they reach at the top of me they get stunning views of the surrounding areas including the forts of Raireshwar, Torna, and Rajgad.