Mandangad and Bankot were built to safeguard the trade route through Savitri River, which was an important trade route.
It is said that Mandangad was built by King Bhoj. In 1661 it was under Jaswantrao Dalvi, an Adilshahi Sardar. He was the person who had besieged Vishalgad during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s daring escape from Panhalgad. When Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated Kartalabkhan and was marching towards Dabhol, Mandangad was on the way. Hearing this news, Jaswantrao ran away to Shringarpur and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj got it without a fight. It was with Angres and Siddis for some time. The British captured it in 1818.
Ways To Reach :
Mandangad is an important town in Raigad district. We have to via Ambet-Mhapral from a toll junction before Mahad. Dhangarwadi is the base village at 2 km from Mandangad city, till where we can go by vehicle. It takes 20 minutes to reach the top.