The Gibralter of the East – Raigad fort holds great historical importance. Under the supervision of great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, this magnificent fort was built. It stands tall at an altitude of 2700 ft. on a wedge-shaped rock that protects it from three sides. Use the ropeway to reach here. This fort holds the Samadhi of Shivaji and his loyal dog Balekilla.
It provides a good view of places like Visapur, Tikona, Sinhagad, Lohgad, Rayreshwar, Purandar and Vichitragad. There are great places of tourist attraction like Jijamata palace, Takmok Tok, Queen’s Palace, Raigad museum, and Gangasagar Lake.
Let us look at the popular places in this region.
Takmok Tok, Raigad
Takmak Tok is the punishment point is 1200 ft. tall rock that provides a magnificent view of the Sahyadri hills. In the ancient times, the traitors were punished by being thrown down this cliff.
Jagadishwar Temple, Raigad
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Rajmata Jijabai daily visit Jagdishwar Temple whenever they are on the fort. It is situated 25 km north of Mahad reflects Shivaji’s devotion and belief towards the Hindu religion. Jagdishwar is the main deity worshipped in this temple.
Gangasagar Lake, Raigad
This is an artificial lake that offers pristine views of the surroundings. It is built in Pachad during the Shivaji’s coronation with the water of River Ganges.
Jijamata Palace, Raigad
Jijamata Palace is dedicated to the mother of Shivaji, Jijabai. She was a woman of high values and spirit and is said to be the person behind the greatness of Shivaji
Queen’s Palace, Raigad
Rani vasa or the Queen’s Palace is a significant part of the Raigad Fort. The Queen’s palace has six chambers, each having its own private restroom.
Raj Bhawan, Raigad
This is the site where he administered his kingdom and the structure of the bhawan is an evidence of the architectural brilliance of the Maratha era. This bhawan is positioned on dual podium and has wooden columns supporting it.
Mahad is a small town that lies on the banks of River Savitri. It is also a municipal council in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Known as the Land of freedom fighters, several revolutionary movements of India originated from here. It is famous for the water satyagraha of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar for Dalits at Chavdar Tale that has played as turning point in Indian sociopolitical history. A kranti stambah is also present in this place in the memory of the agitation.
Raigad Museum, Mahad
Raigad Museum is located at the base of Raigad Fort and it has several photographs of different forts and evidences of Shivaji’s empire.