Location : 90 km from Pune.
Founded by : Shahaji, Maharaj Shivaji’s father
Highlights : Birthplace of Shivaji
Shivneri Fort is supposed to be one of the most magnificent forts of Maharashtra; thanks to its natural beauty, architectural supremacy, historically rich heritage, and the culturally inculcated forts of India. The ancient fort has a lot of significant historical background due to its relationship with old monarchs. The Shivneri Fort is dated back to the era that existed since before the birth of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort was built under the guidance of Monarch Shahaji, who was the father of Shivaji, and the main reason behind the construction of this fort was to provide an enclosure, for valid safety and protection against the attack of enemies, against his land and family. As a matter of fact, Jijabai, the mother of Shivaji spent most of her days during pregnancy, only in the various chambers of this magnificent fort. Also, this very historical place was indeed the birth place of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in the year 1627.
The entire part of the Great King Shivaji’s childhood was believed to have been spent within the protective walls of this fort. The Great King received most of his various types of education here, and it is a fact that this very education helped in shaping the nature and character of the child Shiva into a magnificent ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who conquered many parts of the land of Maharashtra. Among the other notable facts, apart from the connection with the Great Ruler Shivaji, is that the fort also boasts the presence of some of the most beautiful, Cultural and architectural stuatues of Maharashtra. The king Shahaji, in order to make the entire architecture enemy-proof, constructed seven gates, through which anyone who wishes to enter the great Shivneri Fort has to pass, before coming close to the proximity of the forts entrance.
Badami Talav is a small pond constructed at the heart of the magnificent fort, it is considered as one of the most capturing features. In close proximity and more or less adjacent to the tranquil pond, is a statue depicting Jijabai along with the Great King Shivaji as a child. Apart from this, there are a large number of statues, with specific architecture that is refreshment for the eyes. Within the Shivneri Fort is also a Temple, that is dedicated to the Goddess Shivani. People believed that this is where the Great Monarch derived his name from. Apart from this magnificent fort, there are other structures worth noting, such as the beautiful Nane Ghat, Jivadhan fort, etc. Anyone who visits the city of Pune must make it a point to visit these magnificent places of historical significance.