Sunday, August 28, 2011

Temples of Bhadurgad

Laxmi Narayan Temple

Of all temples in Bhardurgad Fort AKA Dharmaveer gad, the Laxmi Narayan temple a Hemadpanthi temple, is the best preserved and is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Here are few pics


The temple as exquiste carvings on the outer side.


Various figures of God and Godess alond with figures in dance poses are carved.
Note the designer windows.






The entrance door has very fine carvings.

A more close-up view of the carving on entrance doors.

The interiors of the temple is as beautiful as outside. All the pillars have fine carvings.

Details ate base of a pillar


The window design from inside.

Shiv Temple- opposite Laxmi Narayan Temple


Laxmi Narayan temple view 

Detail design on  top of the door frame
Door Frame 

Door frame base


From behind

Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveer gad

Marathwada Circuit- 1200 Kms, 7 forts, 2 Caves
Day 1: Pune-Madha-Paranda-Tuljapur (360 Kms)
Day 2: Dharshiv Caves
Day 3: Tuljapur-Ausa-Kharosa-Udgir-Nanded (280 Kms)
Day 4: Nanded-Kandhar-Dharur-Kunthaligiri (290 Kms)
Day 5: Kunthaligiri-Kharda-Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveergad-Pune (265 Kms)



Type: Land Fort
Base Village: Pedgaon
Where: 130 Kms from Pune, 15/20 Kms from Shrigonda off Daund
Route: Kunthalgiri-Bhoom-Kharda-Jamkhed-Pedgaon
Time visited: August 2011
Time to see around: 4 hours
How to reach: It’s near Daund, off Daund-Nagar higway or can be easily reached from Shrigonda village.
My Meter reading from Pune: Pune 1190 Kms

History: Bahadurgad , the major Mughal camp was said to have been built by Bahadur Khan Kokaltash, the mughal viceroy to the Deccan. It has several names including Bhadhurgad, pedgaon cha killa and Dharmaveer gad.

This historic fort is famous for two things-
Shivaji Raje had heard the news of the arrival of the two hundred trained arabian stallions at Bahadurgad He deliberately leaked the news that he was planning to attack Bahadurgad. Intially 2000 men attacked the fort and then chose to retreat with Bahadur Khan chasing with his full might. Luring the mughals away from the fort by well over 20kms, the marathas dissappeared in the thick woods. Meanwhile the remaining 7000 odd maratha contingent attacked the fort, taking away all the gold and horses. Sambhaji Raje along with his wife was also said to be imprisoned here by Diler Khan when he fell out with Shivaji Mharaj.  Later after death of Shivaji, in 1689, When Sambhaji Raje was captured at Sangameshwar, he was brought to Bahadurgad, as a prisoner. Sambhaji Raje and Kavi Kalash were subjected to a horrific torture when they did not accept to be converted to Islam. Bahadurgad has been renamed as Dharmaveergad in the memory of Sambhaji raje.

Except for a few monuments and broken down walls and bastions, theres nothing left. As you enter through the arch there is welcoming board and next to it is a shiv mandir.







Ruins of Jain thirthankars and other idols are kept nearyby.

Amongst the several temples inside the fort, there are the Bhawani mata temple (fortified by a stone wall), the Hanuman temple (with a large Hanuman image in saffron), the Ganesha temple and some very old Yadavkaalin temples (built in the Hemadpanthi style) including the Rameshwar temple, the Mallikarjun temple, the Laxmi Narayan temple and the Baleshwar temple.



Another  temple.
There are some statues of Lord Ganesh and Jain Thirthankars found near by are kept in this Shiv temple..







Of all these Hemadpanthi temples, the Laxmi Narayan temple is the best preserved and is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.

A temple opposite to this is also worth dekko.

Please refer to the details page about these temples.
The Hatti-chi moat used to draw water is worth seeing.











The terracotta pipes (holes in the pics) supplying water to palaces and darbar is clearly seen at the structure where water used to be poured. This is just on the left of Laxmi Narayan temple and in front is 'Hatta-chi moat'.






The 3 floor palaces with magnificent view of river below are now completely in ruins.








Several rooms had beautiful arches and 'zaroka' on the roof. One of the room was a sort of secret hiding room.











The terracotta piping is clearly seen in bathrooms. It said that they had tubs and there is small room for babies with baby tub. The water markings are seen clearly.






This structure is seen below in the river. Not sure what is this but could haveen used as deck for fishing and other boats?







The only structure now remains of the darbar are the main arch. There is a pillar placed in the centre offering a tribute and depicting where Shambhaji raje would have been made to stand when captured.






The fencing fortification wall is seen clearly on side of river.








This was Nal Dwar or gate probably used for fetching river water for localites.








With emotional memories we preceded back home via Daund. On the way had wonderful dinner at Kanchan dhaba, our regular spot on Solapur highway.

Kharda AKA Shivpattan Fort

Marathwada Circuit- 1200 Kms, 7 forts, 2 Caves
Day 1: Pune-Madha-Paranda-Tuljapur (360 Kms)
Day 2: Dharshiv Caves
Day 3: Tuljapur-Ausa-Kharosa-Udgir-Nanded (280 Kms)
Day 4: Nanded-Kandhar-Dharur-Kunthaligiri (290 Kms)
Day 5: Kunthaligiri-Kharda-Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveergad-Pune (265 Kms)




Type: Land Fort
Base Village: Kharda
Where:??Kms from Pune, 55 Kms from Osmanabad
Route: Kunthalgiri-Bhoom-Kharda
Time visited: August 2011
Time to see around: 1 hour
How to visit: It’s in between Bhoom village and Jamkhed.
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms
The road from Kunthalgiri via Bhoom to kharda was in terrible condition. Kharda is just few kms before Jamkhed and is also known as Shivpattan. The fort was closed and after inquiry nearby a old person agreed to show us inside. He got the keys and were inside the historic fort in few minutes.

Kharda is famous for the Battle of Kharda fought between the Marathas under the Peshwa of Pune and the Nizam of Hyderabad, in 1795. This was the last battle of Marathas and the Nizam was badly defeated.


Maratha Sardars from far away places like Mudhol and Nagpur participated on behalf of Marathas. Sultanraje Nimbalkar of Kharda had raised infantry of Dagars (tribals from Rajputana who migrated to Maharashtra in 12th century). This infantry led by Sonusingh Bias, killedar of Dharur had shown extreme valor finishing off Nizam's Afghan infantry. Nizam had to pay Rs 29 Lakh as a fine when the treaty was signed.
The fort was built by the Nimbalkars in 1745 and Sultanraje Nimbalkar was the last ruler of this fort. It is square in shape, and very strongly built with cut stone walls about thirty feet high and a ditch now entirely ruined. The walls have a very massive gateway and two gates at right angles to each other.



There nothing much to inside and almost it’s a flat ground except a small mosque and water well.








There is a cellar of about and also an underground gymnasium.








Theres a deep well.









The well has staricase leading to a second level to draw water in summer.







The strength of fortification wall is visible from the Buruj.
After a lunch in Jamkhed, we proceeded to our next destination- Bhadurgad via Shrigonda.

Kunthalgiri Sidhha Kshetra

Marathwada Circuit- 1200 Kms, 7 forts, 2 Caves
Day 1: Pune-Madha-Paranda-Tuljapur (360 Kms)
Day 2: Dharshiv Caves
Day 3: Tuljapur-Ausa-Kharosa-Udgir-Nanded (280 Kms)
Day 4: Nanded-Kandhar-Dharur-Kunthaligiri (290 Kms)
Day 5: Kunthaligiri-Kharda-Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveergad-Pune (265 Kms)




Type: Jain Digamber Sidhha kshetra
Base Village: Kunthalgiri
Where: 228 Kms from Pune, 70 Kms from Osmanabad
Route: Nanded-Loha-Kandhar-Parli Vaijnath- Ambajogai-Dharur-Kunthalgiri
Time visited: August 2011
How to reach: While travelling from Osmanabad you have to take a left turn to the kshetra at Saramkundi Phata. Saramkundi Phata is a junction which cannot be easily missed as this is famous for Khawa, Pedhe and many milk made products and you would see several shops at the junction. The khawa is really yummy and was priced at 160rs/kg.
Various Lodging-Boarding facilities are available at the kshetra. The Vip suites are well equiped.
My Meter reading from Pune: 940 Kms

This Siddha Kshetra is situated on 175 feet high hill. Two ancient images of foot pairs of Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan are installed here in the main temple built in around 1932.









Per legend, Kunthalgiri is said to be the only place of southern India from where two ascetic saints named Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan achieved salvation and went to Moksha during period of Ram. Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan were princes of the state, who sacrificed everything and achieved salvation.




Kunthalgiri is also famous for the samadhi-sthal of Acharya Shanti Sagarji Maharaj.

There are well built steps to the temples on the hill.







On the topmost level there is huge statue of Bhaubali Bhagwan.










The main temple view.








Main Temple & Idol : 
Main temple of Kunthalgiri is Shri Kul Bhushan – Desh Bhushan Mandir known as Bara Mandir with 3 feet high statutes. There are various temples with Idols of Shantinath, Munisuvratnath & Adinath bhagwan and other Thirthankars.