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Located in the historical town of Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh, Asirgarh Fort stands impegnable in the Satpura Ranges. It was built by the a zamidar (Land owner) knwon as Asa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty in the 15th Century. The fort, spread over a total area of more than 60 acres, is situated about 20 kilometres to the north of Burhanpur. It may appear to be a single large fort, but is, in fact, a colleon of 3 forts known as called Asirgarh, Karmargarh, whereas the third part is called Malaygarh.
Even though the Asirgarh Fort is now in ruins, it still holds immense importance for history lovers as well as for those who wish to simply explore the beauty of a monument that once held esteem and prestige, but unfortunately could not escape the ravages of time. It is known to be an impregnable fort and has never been taken by force!
Because the Asirgarh Fort demands a pass through the Satpuras that connects the valleys of the Narmada and the Tapti Rivers, which is one of the most important routes from north India into the Deccan, it is also popularly known as the 'Babe Deccan' or the 'Key to the Deccan'. In fact, during the Mughal era, it was widely agreed that the Deccan started from here, while the area that lay between Asirgarh and Delhi was considered to be Hindustan.
The majestic fort was earlier known by the name of Asa Ahir Garh, on the name of the who built this grand structure. The name of the fort, however, was later changed to its present name, that is the Asirgarh Fort. The fort is about 259 metres high and is at the height of 701 metres from the sea level. Inside this grand fort, one can also find a mosque, gurudwara and a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the fort is haunted by the presence of Ashwattha - The ill-fated warrior prince from the epic Mahabharata who was doomed with a curse by Lord Krishna that he will remain immortal with no one to care and care for!
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