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असेट प्रकाशक

Mangad (Mumbai)

After setting up Raigad fort as the capital of Swarajya, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built a chain of forts and also strengthened other forts around Raigad for its protection and to deter the enemies’ possibility of attacks on the headquarters. The chain of forts included Mangad, Panhalghar, Songad, Chambhargad and Lingana.

There is a temple of Goddess Vinjhai on the plateau before entering the fort. Behind the temple one can find stairs built in rock which lead us to the top of the fort and one enters the fort through a main door facing north. This doorway and the bastions are still in good shape whereas there is another doorway on the left which is in complete ruins. One can see a Nagshilpa (Snake carving) on the door’s dilapidated arch. Moving further from this doorway there is a cave which can be used for stay and a water tank. There is another water tank carved in the bastion itself.

One route from this doorway takes us to the summit where one can find six water tanks carved in rock. These tanks are surrounded by thick grass and one should exercise caution while going towards it. Back to the doorway one can reach the citadel by walking alongside the fortified wall. Here one can find a mansion on a raised platform along with a temple which is in ruins. Behind this on a lower elevation there is a water tank and there are two more water tanks on the top most part of the fort which have potable water. Raigad fort can be seen from the top in fair weather.