I am Ratangad Fort- one of the most treasured forts of Shivaji Maharaj who conquered me from the Mughals. I am located in Ratanwadi, Maharashtra and I am around 200 decades old. My beauty and the scenic views of Kalasubai peak that I offer enchant the visitors.
I am the origin of River Pravara, which is also known as Amrutvahini. The ancient temple called Amruteshwar temple is also in my vicinity. I have many wells and four gates, called Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak.
The literal meaning of my name is a place full of jewels. I live fully up to my name as some regard me as a little paradise. I, Ratangad Fort have so much to offer to the visitors. Right from my historical links where I was the most cherished possession of Shivaji Maharaj to my association with temple Amruteshwar I become the place of reverence and respect.
Besides this, Ratangad Fort have something to delight the trekkers as well the photographers who are completely mesmerized by my scintillating beauty. The trekkers love to take this adventurous journey to come to me.
They all go up to Ratangad peak and witness the cavity at the top of me which is called as ‘Nedhe’ or ‘Eye of the Needle.’ From there they get astonishing views of the nature. People who love photography regard me as a heaven because of the panoramic views I offer from the top.
Trekkers find themselves completely transformed once they have the experience of visiting Ratangad Fort. Tourists flock me during June to February as they can capture the beautiful sceneries during this period.
My historical link with Agatya Rishi is equally engrossing. The rishi meditated here and performed penance. As a reward, two drops of ‘Amrut’ were dropped on me. Since then there is a continuous flow of water from me, which has resulted in the origin of the river Pravara from me. This is the reason why the river is also known as ‘Amrutvahini.’