During those days one Niloji was incharge of the operations of the fort on behalf of Adilshah. He had two younger
brothers Pilaji and Shankarji. Shivaji sent a letter to Niloji conveying the news of the death of Dadoji Kondadev who was
a fatherly figure to him. Maharaj expressed about him feeling like an orphan & since Niloji had a fairly good alliance
with Dadoji Kondadev and his family he expected some hospitality in return from Niloji. He also conveyed that Maharaj
himself and his followers would do what Niloji says and will not be of any nuisance to Niloji nor interfere in operations of
Looking at such humble approach of Maharaj with some soft corner for Dadoji Kondadev, Niloji readily accepted this and
invited Shivaji and his followers to occupy one of the machis of the fort and thus. Out of three
brothers, Shankarji stayed with Maharaj. As days passed, the festival of Diwali was fast approaching. This was when
Shivaji Maharaj made his first move. He knew that Niloji, the elder brother of Shankarji, had restricted Shankarji to extend
his services on the fort and with this Shankarji was unhappy.Hence, Maharaj promised him the justice. At the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Maharaj and Shankarji visited Niloji on the fort and stayed there for almost three days. On the forth night Shankarji and Pilaji
approached Shivaji Maharaj, had already established a good grip, he along with 25 Mavalas arrested not only Niloji but
also Pilaji & Shankarji thereby establishing a supreme control over the fort.
With this fort as base, the Marathas entered into battle with Fatehkhan, which they subsequently won. It was a triumph
of Shivaji. Later in 1655, Maharaj nominated Netaji Palkar as the Sarnaubatof the fort. Maharaj's son, Sambhaji, was
born on Thursday May 16, 1657 (Vaishakh Shudhha 12 Shake 1579) on this fort.
On 8th March 1670, Nilopanth Muzumdar revamped boundaries of Swarajya by establishing control over the fort. Later,
after the death of Sambaji Maharaj, Aurangazeb conquered the fort and renamed it as`Ajamgad,. Again, on behalf of
Marathas, Shankarji Narayan argued with Mughals and took control of the fort. Subsequent to that, in 1695, Chhatrapati
Shahu Maharaj handed over the reigns of the fort to Peshwas. It was the capital of Peshwas for many years then. Shake,
1697, i.e. 1775, marked the birth of Sawai Madhavrao. In the year 1818, British took the charge of the fort.
Things to see and do:
-: Purandareshwar Temple :-
This is Lord Mahadev's temple built in Hemadic, style of architecture. The temple houses approx. 1.25 to 1.5 feet high
statue of Lord`Indra'.
-: Delhi Darwaja :-
This door, facing north, is still in a good condition. As the road turns near the Darwaja, we can see a temple of Goddess
Laxmi. A leftward route from the bifurcation ahead leads us to the other end of the Citadel. The same road leads us to some water cisterns. The rightward road from the bifurcation leads to yet another door (Darwaja). Two statues of lions
guard either sides of this Darwaja.
-: Khandakada :-
As we enter and proceed along this Delhi- Darwaja, we see a huge rock extending eastwards. This is nothing but`Khandakada,. At its end lies a bastion. After visiting this place, it is advisable to return to the Darwaja for our further journey towards the right end uphill. We get to see here the remnants of few structures like food-grain storage rooms as also of a castle. A few water reservoirs are also located here. As we go ahead, we come across Kedar Darwaja.
Although, it may not be in a good condition today, however, its historical value and mportance can be overlooked.
-: Kedareshwar :-
As we walk for 15 minutes along the main road and climb the steps, we come across`Kedareshwar, temple. A reconstructed temple, it is of Lord Kedareshwar. During Mahashivratri thousands of pilgrims visit this temple. Deepastambha, a stone pillar for enlightening the lamps, can be seen in front of the temple. This temple is a
topmost part of the fort. One can see the forts like Rajgad, Torna, Sinhagad, Raireshwar, Rohida, Malhargad as well as
Karhe-Plateau from here. At the rear end of this temple there is a fortified place called as Koknya - Capturing everything
-: Bini Darwaja :-
The only door to Purandar Machi,enroute from Narayanpur as we approach Purandar fort. Unlike many other forts, the
door is in good condition even today. As one enters through the door, there are provisions for the guards to hide and attack enemy. As one proceeds further, the
khandakada immediately catches our attention.
Once you enter through the door, the road branches, one straight ahead whereas the other towards the rear end of fort.
As we move on, we come across the vintage military camps and a few bungalows. The same road leads to the foothills
of the citadel, where we can see the temple of Purandareshwar. Also, the statue of Murarbaji in his fighting stance gives
us the feel of his courageous nature and dose not fail taking us back to those glorious days.
-: Rameshwar temple :-
This temple is located towards the rear end of Purandareshwar temple. Constructed during the start of Peshwa dynasty,
built by Balaji Vishwanath, it was a temple that was privately owned by the Peshvas. Moving further ahead we come across the remains of an ancient two storied bungalow called as Wada,
It was in the same Wada that Sawai Madhavrao was born.
-: Bhairav Khind :-
Enroute to Purandar Machi, is the Bhairavkhinda. A statue of the Great Maratha, Shivaji Maharaj can be seen here. On
the right hand side we see the Rajale lake which also the source of water supply for Purandar Machi.
-: Padmavati Lake :- It can be seen if we walk just a little ahead of the great Murarbaji Deshpande statue.
-: Shendrya Bastion :-
There is bastion called SHENDRYA build in alignment with the fortification which is North-west to citadel & behind the
- From Saswad-
A S.T. bus to Bhor from Saswad will drop you at the bus-stop of`Purandar Ghat matha, in Narayanpur village. A road on the left side along the two houses situated on mountain ahead leads to Bini Darwaja which can be reached approximately in 45 minutes.
- From Pune -
A S.T. bus to Saswad from Pune takes us to the foothills of Purandar fort. Pune Narayanpur bus is also available to
reach up to the base village, Narayanpur.