I am Vishalgad Fort- one of the most significant forts of Shivaji and Maratha Empire. I am about 3,630 feet high and I got my name from the great Maratha leader Shivaji. The literal meaning of my name is ‘Grand Fort.’
I was also called ‘Watch tower’ as I was able to watch both of the areas with ease. I am also known as Khilna fort or Khelna fort.
My history is also gripping as Shilahara King constructed me in 1058 A.D. However, my beauty enchanted many rulers and a number of rulers throughout the millennium conquered me. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured me in 1659.
I was happy to get a major renovation at the hands of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj in the 17th century itself. I am surrounded by cliffs that actually cut me off from the neighboring area.
My entrance is masked as there is one Bhunda Darwaza, which shows the wrong way and the actual entry is separate. Another remarkable feature of mine is the Sati mandir, which was built in the memory of Ambadevi, the queen of King Rajaram.
I have some of the temples too including Shri Nrusinha temple, Amruteshwar temple and Sati’s Vrindavan. I have tombs dedicated to Phulaji Prabhu Deshpande and Baji Prabhu Deshpande who were daring and audacious when it came to performing their duty. I am also blessed as the dargah of Hazrat Malik Raihan is also in my vicinity. Tourists flock to pay obeisance at this dargah. I feel so much blessed to have a dargah of Hazrat Malik Raihan right in my vicinity.