I am Torna Fort located 70 km southwest of Pune. My name is written in the golden pages of the history of the Marathas, as I was the first fort captured by none other than the mighty Shivaji Maharaj in 1643.
I am also famous for my location as I am the highest hill fort in Pune district of Maharashtra. I am located at a height of 4603 ft. above sea level. I am also known as Prachandagad because of my enormous structure. In Marathi, “Prachand” means huge and “gad” means fort.
My historical link is fascinating as I was constructed in the 13th century by the Shaiva Panth, who was followers of Shiva. Shivaji Maharaj captured me in 1643 when he was only 16 years old. I feel honored and proud to be the first fort added to the Maratha Empire by Shivaji Maharaj.
In the 18th century Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor, conquered me and renamed me as Futulgaib, meaning divine victory, as the Mughals conquered me after a lot of effort.
Other features which tourists find intriguing include Menghai Temple, also known as Tornaji temple and is situated just at my entrance. Tourists stay here as I offer them calming and soothing effect. The trek to me is challenging but the tourists take this adventurous trek for the sake of dazzling panoramic views that I offer from the top.
I have two major wings, known by the names of “Zunzar Machi” and “Budhala Machi.” Budhala Machi is entered via “Konkan Darwaza” which is also known as Konkan Gate. I have a big vertical rock in the “Budhala Machi” which just looks as thumbs pointing upwards when watched from a distance. The tourists enter me from “Binicha Darwaza” which is also known as Bini Gate.