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Vasota Fort

Vasota Fort

Satara Jungle, Jaoli, 412806, India

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Description Vasota Fort is located in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.HistoryIt was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was captured.Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Nandgopal (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in 16th century. Shivaji Maharaj incorporated Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort "Vyaghragad" (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense. After Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, Senapati Bajirao Peshwa carried on the Swarajya mission of ousting the Mughal invaders. In 1818 the British bombarded the fort with heavy artillery, destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, etc.) and looted property worth 5 lakhs.Places to seeThe fort is in dilapidated condition and is overgrown. The remnants of Shree Mahadev mandir and the plinth of a huge "sadar" (discussion place) are there. It is a protected natural reserve.LocationVasota Fort is located about 70 km from satara near Bamnoli village on the banks of Shivsagar lake.

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