Every corner of India, has it’s own history. And when you talk about forts and palaces of India, then gathering all of this information at one place is quite a tiresome task to do. You will find ample number of forts in India. Most of them, have their own stories and significance, which is quite fascinating to know. In distinct regions of India, different types of forts were constructed and all of them had their own unique security systems. Today, here we will know about the strongest marine fort of India, “Murud Janjira Fort”. a fort which no one could ever win. There are many such ancient forts, which have many secrets in themselves.
One such fort is located along the Konkan Coast in the village of Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra, which is known as “Murud Janjira Fort”. The specialty of this fort, is that it is built at a height of 90 feet above the sea level, and it is surrounded by Arabian Sea on all sides.
About Murud Janjira Fort
Murud Janjira Fort is the only fort on the west coast of India, which was never conquered. It’s history speaks of it’s invincibility; the Britishers, Portuguese, Mughals, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Kanhoji Angre, Chimmaji Appa and Sambhaji Maharaj, all of these high-powered spirits made a lot of efforts to conquer this fort, but none of them could actually succeed. And it is due to this reason that, Murud Janjira Fort is also popular as the ‘Invincible Fort’.
This fort was built long back in 16th century by Kolis or fishermen, during the reign of AdilShahi Dynasty of Bijapur. And it is also said that it took almost 22 years in it’s construction. Murud Janjira Fort is one of it’s kind and there are various reasons for this fort’s indomitability. Let’s explore them.
Exceptional Design of the Fort
First and foremost strategic is the location of Murud Janjira Fort, which made it even more tougher for invasions. As it is surrounded by sea on all sides, it is not easy to attack this Island Fort.
This fort is built so strategically that you cannot view the entrance of this fort from a distance, and it will be visible to you only when you get closer to the fort. This tactic used in building the fort always gave an edge, because by the time enemies or invaders looked for the entrance of this fort it gave time to the soldiers for attacking over the invaders. It is said that this must have been the reason that despite coming nearer to the fort, the enemy used to dodge and could not enter the fort.
The third reason for it’s invincibility, is believed to be the presence of dozens of cannons, which would have been deployed for the protection of Murud Janjira Fort. It is estimated that there would have been approximately 500 cannons, but very few are left now. Kalak Bangadi is the largest cannon of this fort, and it is also the third largest cannon in India. Hence, these cannons hold their own significance in history of India.