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Narayanpur (Marathi:महाराष्ट्र) is a village 40 km south-west of Pune in Western Maharashtra. It's most famous for its Maratha period fort, Purandar, sitting on the hills above the village.


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Reaching the Balekilla is an easy scramble of 30 minutes by the winding road that starts from behind Purandareshwar Temple.

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Purandar Fort[edit]

It is one of the most country's important forts of 13th century, and its historically important as the site of a a fierce battle that ensued after Mirzaraje Jaisingh and Diler Khan (Generals of Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor) sieged the fort, Murar Baji Prabhu lost his life while defending the fort. Just after this incident, Shivaji Maharah signed treaty with Mughals and released 23 forts to them. The fort perched on top of a mountain mass at height of 1398 metres from sea level. From the lower base, the fort stands towering at height of 700 metres.

The Fort has two main parts: Purandar - the main fort and Vajragad - the auxiliary fort to the east of Purandar, also known by the name Rudramal in ancient times. Pundar fort has a terrace called Machi where there are a few residential-like structures apart from the temple of Purandareshwar from which the fort gets its name. The winding road takes one to the hillock perched on top of Machi. This part is called Balekilla.

  • Kedareshwar Temple.  edit
  • Purandareshwar Temple.  edit
  • Statue of Murarbaji.  edit
  • Padamvati Tank.  edit
  • Bini (Kalyan/Dilli Darwaja).  edit
  • Shivaji Bust.  edit

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