Murud-Janjira fort

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By Shomdev Pal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35174714
By Shomdev Pal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35174714
Murud-Janjira Is an ancient fort located on an island off the Konkan coast near the coastal town of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, along India’s Western coast.

Malik Ambar began construction under the command of Ethiopian military leader in the 17th century. ended at the end of the twentieth century. It has remained almost intact to this day. In his time it was defended by about 572 cannons.
Situated on a rocky high rise in the Arabian Sea near the port city of Murud, which is about 260 km south of Mumbai. Enemy attacks can be carried out by means of a waterway or aerial. Because of the lack of aerobatics at the time the fort was built, the only way to attack was a waterway. However, artillery and tupacas are so heavy that it is difficult to transport them to the fort. The fort is one of the most important sea fortress in India.

The fort is surrounded by water and has high walls that cannot be easily climbed. The architecture of the fort is different from the main entrance structure. The gateway to the fort is not visible from the distance. It is only when one gets close that the entrance of the fort can be revealed. There is a hidden tunnel to get out from inside the castle, which runs underneath the tidal water and opens into the sea. That tunnel has now been banned for security reasons.

Artillery was placed on all the walls of the fort. Some of the cannons are still there. There are secret holes in the walls of the fort that help keep the enemy out of the attack. Inside the fort are fresh water ponds, bungalows for officers, majestic councils and mosques, all of which are now in ruins. One of the surviving pieces of the building testifies to the fact that the Sabha Bhavan had several floors.

Murud-Janjira is a sea fortress and a major tourist attraction in the Indian city of Murud.To go to the fort of Janjira one has to go from autorickshaw to Murud to Rajpuri to visit the fort of Janjira. From here the fort of Janjira can be reached by boat.

Access : Coordinates: 18.299589, 72.964425 / Murud-Janjira is a fort located in the coastal village of Murud in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.It is located: 247 km from Marathi, Maharashtra, 260 km from Mumbai, 292 km from Pune./ To go to the fort of Janjira one has to travel from Murud to Rajpuri by autorickshaw. From here the fort of Janjira can be reached by boat.

Highlights :

  • Janjira means a fort surrounded by the sea. In addition to the strong construction and the surrounding sea, there are 572 guns on the Murud-Janjira coast. That is why this chain was impenetrable. Among these cannons was the special large and long range Kalal Bangadi cannon. During the reign of Shivaji Maharaj, this Janjira remained invincible till the end for the Swarajya of Maharashtra.
  • In the center of the fort, the majestic fort of Surulkhana is in a dilapidated condition. There are two large lakes of water. The fort used to have three localities. Two of these localities belonged to Muslims and one to others. The fort used to have a large population. When the palace was finished, all the settlements left.
  • Freshwater lakes. Despite being in the middle of the salt water of the sea, it contains sweet water. The mystery remains on where this sweet water comes from.
  • The main gate of the Murud-Janjira Fort is built under the cover of walls. Which stops visible due to walls when going a few meters away from the fort. This is the reason that despite coming near the fort, the enemies get dodged and are not able to enter the fort.
  • This fort was built by Siddi Johar. This fort was built in 22 years. This fort is spread over 22 acres. It has 22 security checkpoints.
  • The gigantic cannons :In the  Murud-Janjira Kalak Bangadi, there is the 3rd Largest Cannon in India, weighing over 22 Tons.

Go next : Next to Murud are the coastal villages of Danda and Rajpuri. Rajpuri is at a distance of four to five kilometers from Murud./ Ghosalgad Fort,32 km (20 mi) east of Murud-Janjira.

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