Type : Hill Fort
Region : Satara
Height : 1500
Base Village : Sindi Budruk
Mahimangad is expressly mentioned as one of the chain forts built by Chhatrapati Shivaji to guard his eastern frontier. But some of the local residents declare that the fort existed in Musalman times and point to the pir shrine as evidence. This shrine however proves nothing since there are many such unfortified hills with shrines. The masonry is characteristic of the later built forts of Maratha times consisting of small, almost or altogether, uncut stones bound by mortar usually poor but, at the bastions and entrance, of good sound quality.
On the same spur about a hundred yards east of the fort is a hill which barely commands it and is connected with it by a neck of the spur. The hamlets at the feet are not walled or protected in any way so that the approach within 250 feet of the top must have been easy enough. To escalade it however must have; been difficult though at the south-east corner by no means impossible.
The hereditary garrison consisted of about seventy-five Ramoshis and Mahars who held the gadkari inam lands. The fort had lands assigned for it. The havaldar or former commander of the garrison is now the patil and the sabnis or accountant is the Kulkarni of the lands which are for purposes of administration as a distinct village called by the name of the fort.
Places of Interest
On emerging on the top and proceeding east along the north face of the fort on right hand is a small hillock on which stood the office now in ruins.
A little further on is a water tank thirty feet square, originally built of well cut masonry, but now a great deal fallen in. Near it are two small tanks lined with cement for the storage either of grain or water, and to the south of these is a large pit roughly hewn out of the rock, perhaps intended for prisoners as in Varugad.
On the east bastion is a small stone placed erect for a ling and worshipped as the image of the god Jajarnath Mahadev. A small fair is held in honour of the god and the existence of this shrine explains how the path up to the fort is in good order. There is also a ruined building of loose stones near the south-west bastion in honour of some Muhammedan saint or pir.
About fifty yards further east is a turret of considerable size the masonry of which is solid and on which a gun was planted. This turret stretches right across the fort but underneath it on the southern side is an archway about four feet high by two broad. But creeping through it is reached the eastern end which tapers off nearly to a point.
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