Trek to Malhargad, Jejuri & Purandar near Saswad on Saturday -Sunday 17 -18 October 2015
Height: 3100 feet / 2355 feet / 4472 feet
Base Village: Sonori / Jejuri / Narayanpur
Location: Pune region
Minimum: 7 participants
Maximum: 20 participants
Trek Leader: Mahadev
Last date for registration: 15 October 2015, 5 pm OR Till the reg. gets full
Malhargad: Malhargad is a hill fort situated around 30 km from Pune. Malhargad is also known as Sonori fort because of the village Sonori situated at its base. It was the last fort built by the Marathas, Sardar Paanse. Hence it is also known as Tarun killa. Tarun in Marathi means young and Killa means fort. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on ‘Dive’ ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760.
Jejuri is one of the famous temples in Maharashtra. Popularly known as "Khandobachi Jejuri" – a popular Gods in Maharashtra. The deity of Jejuri – Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand – is popular amongst the Dhangars. As the temple is on the hill, one has to climb almost 200 steps. But the climbing is not so tough and the wonderful view of Jejuri town is marvellous.
The fort, being quite a huge one was a good place for defend. It had the capacity to house many soldier-troops, foods grains and ammunition which proved sufficient for long durations during wartime. Nonetheless, the fort hosts strong fortified places from which a watchful eye can be kept over surrounding area. The history of the Purandar fort goes back to the 13th century. The Bahamani Sultans in the 14th century built here some walls and bastions. From 1484 AD, for about a hundred years, the fort remained in the hands of the Nizamshahi rulers. In 1596 AD, the fort was given as Jagir to Maloji Bhosale, grandfather of Shivaji. However, Shivaji had to struggle very hard to establish his control over the fort in 1646 AD. In 1665 AD, Purandar was besieged by the mighty Mughal forces under the command of Jai Singh and Dilir Khan. In the ensuing battle Murar Baji Prabhu, the gallant commander of the fort, was killed. Shivaji, under a treaty, had to surrender to the Mughals his 23 forts, including Purandar and Vajragarh. At the lower fort a statue of Murar Baji Prabhu has been installed in his memory. Purandar was recaptured by Shivaji in 1670 AD Later it became a favourite retreat of the Peshwas. Purandar was captured by the British in 1818 AD. During the Second World War, the British kept here the German war prisoners. Dr. H. Goetz, one of the German prisoners, thoroughly studied Purandar and wrote a monograph on it. Maharaj’s son, Sambhaji, was born on Vaishakh Shudhha 12, Shake’ 1579, i.e. 16th May 1657, Thursday on this fort.