Shivaji Maharaj had seized the site, which used to be the fortress of Rairi then, from the royal house of the Chandarrao More, a junior
or Cadet dynasty descended from the ancient Maurya imperial dynasty. The last More king ("Raja") was a feudatory of
the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji renovated and expanded the Fortress of Rairi and renamed it Raigad, or the King's Fort, the
name he gave it when he selected it for his capital when he was in the process of assuming the royal character. Rajgad,
a hill fortress situated in Pune District of Maharashtra, India was capital of Shivaji's kingdom before it was moved to
The fort ruins today consists of the queens quarters consisting of six chambers with each chamber having its own
private commode with plumbing. The main palace was constructed using wood of which only the bases of pillars remain.
Ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds and overlooks an artificial lake was
created next to the fort. It also has a view of the execution point called Takmak Tok, a cliff from where the sentenced
prisoners were thrown off.
The king's public Durbar has a replica of the original throne that faces the main doorway called the Nagarkhana Darwaja.
This enclosure had been acoustically designed to aid hearing from the doorway to the throne. A secondary entrance
exists called the Mena Darwaja that was supposedly the private entrance of the royal ladies of the fort and lead to the
queens quarters. The earstwhile main entrance to the fort is the imposing Maha Darwaja. The convoy of the king and
king himself used the Palkhi Darwaja. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, is a row of three dark and deep chambers.
Historians believe that these were the granaries for the fort.
A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji is erected in front of the ruins of the main market avenue that eventually leads to the
Rameshwar Mandir and his own Samadhi(tomb) and that of his dog Waghya.