This beautiful Aninkyatara fort guards Satara city. This fort can be seen from any part of Satara. Satara people feel proud of it use this name for the sugar factory along with their business firms, houses and shops. Temples of Mangalai Devi, Hanuman and Shiva are on this fort. If you are visiting Satara, you must go to this fort to see beautiful view of Satara City, Parali and other area of Konkan region. Recently, unique top of this fort is occupied by telephone, radio and TV transmitting towers.
According to the information published on fort, some of the facts are as follows. Ajinkyatara was constructed by Bhojraj second of Panhala between 1178 to 1193. Satara was declared as capital of Marathas 1698. Earlier this fort was used as a prison. From 1580 to 1592, famous Chandbibi was kept as a prisoner on this fort. Records state that in 1673, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took control of this fort from Adilshah of Vijapur, and further Aurangjeb ruled this fort between 1700 and 1706. In 1844, the fort came under control of Chhatrapati Pratapsinh Maharaj.
How To Reach? One can reach to this fort by going Rajwada and then to Adalatwada from where there is clear road to go to the fort. You can drive up to main gate of the fort. Second road is from Godoli – opposie to Sai baba temple. The road going from the temple towards the fort is a straight road going to main gate of fort. This road and the road coming from Adalatwada (above) meet mid way, and then there is single road to the fort. The road is a single road (only one vehicle can travel comfortably). Hence there can be little trouble while taking heavy vehicles to up.
What to See?
- Two entrances of the fort
- Mangalai, Hanuman and Shiva temples
- Tararani Palace
- Lakes near entrance
- Beautiful view of Satara City, Sanjjangad and other forts, Parali area