Janjira-Fort




  • Name of the Fort:
  • Janjira
  • Difficulty Level:
  • Medium
  • Endurance Level:
  • Medium

About Fort

  • District:
  • Raigad
  • Description:
  • Murud is known for a notable beach, and for its proximity to Janjira off the coast of Rajapuri, a sea fort. Murud-Janjira is the local name for a fort situated at the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is notable for being the only fort along India's western coast that remained undefeated despite Dutch and English East India Company attacks.
  • History:
  • The fort was originally built in the 15th century on a smaller scale by a local Maratha-Fisherman Chieftain, Rajaram Patil, to protect his people from pirates/ thieves, and the fort was known as "Medhekot". The Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar sent one of his Siddi commanders Piram Khan of Ahmednagar.[citation needed]Later, the fort was strengthened by Malik Ambar, the Abyssinian-origin Siddi regent of Ahmednagar kings. From then onward, Siddis owed allegiance to Adilshah and the Mughals as dictated by the times. who came with three ships armed with necessary weapons and soldiers and captured the fort. Piram Khan was succeeded by Burhan Khan, who demolished the original fort and built an impregnable, much bigger, 22-acre (89,000 m2) stone fort. The fort was called 'Jazeere Mahroob Jazeera ', which in Arabic means an island. Siddhi Ambersatak was nominated as commander of the fort.The fort has a tunnel which opens in Rajpuri. The fort was made of stones bonded together by a mixture of lead, sand and gul.